Undergraduate Students Information Behavior in the Changing Technological Era: An Investigating of Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

Undergraduate Students Information Behavior in the Changing Technological Era: An Investigating of Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

Naifa Eid Al-Saleem (Sultan Qaboos University, Oman)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4353-6.ch014
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Abstract

There has been a great deal of research conducted to investigate the information-seeking behavior of difference group of users. A search of current literature, however, reveals few studies dealing with information-seeking strategies of undergraduates in the electronic era. This chapter presents the results of a preliminary study of information-seeking among 675 undergraduates at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU). The study was designed to 1) explore undergraduates’ information-seeking behavior with e-resources; 2) identify the role of faculty members and librarians in assisting undergraduates to attain search skills; and 3) discover the differences between undergraduates in terms of their age, gender, academic year, and college. The study results indicated that only 3% of undergraduates use the electronic services and databases subscribed to by the SQU main library. In addition, the results showed that 57.7% of the undergraduate students at SQU used the Google search engine for their initial search. There is a statistical difference between undergraduate students in terms of their age and use of e-resources. Finally, this study found the role of faculty members and librarians in assisting undergraduates to learn search strategies is almost absent.
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Study Background

Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in Oman is the only public university which includes 17,070 students. It has nine colleges: Agricultural & Marine Sciences, Arts & Social Sciences, Economic & Political Science, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine & Health Science, Science, and the College of Nursing. It has research and academic programs in most of the major hard sciences, engineering, and the humanities and social sciences. Close to 15,645 undergraduates were enrolled in the 2011/2012 academic year, aged 18-22. They are identified by their academic class, which is designated by their department and their specialization.

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