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Information Seeking Behavior of the Humanities and Social Science Undergraduates: A Case of University of Colombo

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Pradeepa Wijetunge

University of Colombo, LK
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This paper discusses the Information Seeking Behavior (ISB) of the Humanities and Social Science (HSS) undergraduates of the University of Colombo with three objectives; to study the information resource usage of the undergraduates, to study the barriers they encounter in seeking and using the information and to study the information seeking process of the undergraduates. A questionnaire and Focus Group Meetings (FGMs) were used to gather quantitative and qualitative data. Convenient Sampling method was used and the response rate was 82% out of 550 questionnaires while 95 attended the FGMs. SPSS (ver. 22) and manual analysis were used to analyze data.

 

Most respondents use Internet instead of library resources and do not use standard criteria to evaluate information. The majority consult their batch mates for help in using information resources. At the same time, most of them have not received any training in using the library resources or Internet. They face several barriers related to library resources, facilities, services and training which prevent them from reaching the library first for their information needs. The processes they follow to search and use information correspond to some other information seeking models. It is recommended that additional research is required to substantiate the gravity of this issue and librarians need to collaborate with the faculty to improve their ISB.
How to Cite: Wijetunge, P., 2019. Information Seeking Behavior of the Humanities and Social Science Undergraduates: A Case of University of Colombo. Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka, 22(1), pp.1–22. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jula.v22i1.7927
Published on 30 Apr 2019.
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