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Analyzing the level of information literacy skills of medical undergraduate of Eastern University, Sri Lanka

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S. Santharooban

Eastern University, LK
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Senior Assistant Librarian, Faculty of Health-Care Sciences
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The study was executed to analyze the level of Information Literacy skills of medical undergraduates of Eastern University, Sri Lanka, who are engaged in Problem Based Learning (PBL). As the information literacy (IL) skills are the core elements of independent self-directed learning, the PBL must be coupled with IL skills to achieve the maximum benefit of the PBL. The study used the cross sectional survey which used Information Literacy Quiz as an instrument. IL quiz consists of multiple choice questions related to different array of IL skills. Students’ samples were selected randomly and the sample size was 85. The results revealed that the overall average for the IL competency level of medical students is 39%, which ranges from 13.57% to 65.71%, and about 43% of students fall within the ‘Satisfactory level’ (41-60%). When considering average for each skill, analytical skill is 31.36%, locating skill is 47%, comprehension and creating skill are 26.36% and presentation skills is 51.14%. There was no statistical significance in the level of IL skills between genders and there is no association between gender and the level of different IL skills. Furthermore, the study reveals that students do not have sufficient knowledge in concept mapping, 5Wh technique, effective reading methods, note taking techniques, search strategies, use of library catalogues, evaluation of website, and structuring report, and plagiarism. They also do not know the difference between databases and search engines, and scholarly work and nonscholarly work. The study, at the end, suggests that it is essential to improve the IL skills among the students before they are engaged in PBL.
How to Cite: Santharooban, S., (2016). Analyzing the level of information literacy skills of medical undergraduate of Eastern University, Sri Lanka. Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka. 19(2), pp.27–50. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jula.v19i2.7885
Published on 15 Sep 2016.
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