Information Needs and Assessment of Bioinformatics Students at the University of Swaziland: Librarian View

Information Needs and Assessment of Bioinformatics Students at the University of Swaziland: Librarian View

Satyabati Devi Sorokhaibam (University of Swaziland, Swaziland) and Ntombikayise Nomsa Mathabela (University of Swaziland, Swaziland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1871-6.ch011
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A survey was carried out of the information landscape within the students of Computer Science, Biology and Mathematics in the University of Swaziland which examined the research problems, important sources of information, the methods of access, information needs and seeking behavior of the users their assessment and the role of the Libraries since Librarian have to identify the information needs, uses and problems faced to meet the needs and requirement of the user. A total of 200 questionnaire were distributed. The survey indicated that majority of the students believe that the online resources play a very important role for their research and show positive attitude toward future bioinformatics usage and training. The study concluded that the training preferences of students need to be further explored.
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Objectives Of The Study

  • To investigate the methods and sources used by students to acquire required information

  • To find out the importance of various information resources for their academic and research activities.

  • To study their information gathering activities.

  • To what extend does the students used the current range of online database resources that is available to them.

  • To find out their familiarity with the attributes of Printed and Electronic Information Sources.

  • To ascertain what problems are encountered by the students in seeking information.


Data Analysis And Interpretation

The demographic profile of the respondents includes 90 (45%) were male and 62(31%) were female. For the question about the awareness of the electronic resources, most of the student were aware of the term (Table 1).

Table 1.
Awareness of e-resources
Sl. No.YesNoNo response
1.81 (90%)57 (92%)7 (8%)3 (5%)2 (2%)2 (3%)

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