The use of print and electronic resources among undergraduate students

Goh, Wei Haan (2006) The use of print and electronic resources among undergraduate students. Masters thesis, University of Malaya.

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Abstract

The study examined the use of print and electronic resources among the undergraduates at Monash University Malaysia and the Victoria University Programme in Sunway University Campus. The objectives were to find out the print and electronic information resources available to the undergraduates, their perceptions of the use of information resources, the usage patterns, and factors influencing the use of print and information resources. A total of 480 undergraduates from these two institutions participated in a questionnaire-based survey. The main findings indicated that undergraduates relied upon and used the Internet intensively. The undergraduates perceived electronic resources that are subscribed by their respective universities in Australia, and books to be more reliable and of higher quality than other resources. One of the factors that prevented students from using the controlled resources such as books was inability to physically locate the materials even though it was shown to be available in the library catalog. It was also found that less than half of the undergraduates surveyed had acquired the skills to search information resources. It is inferred that the undergraduates value the use of Internet because it is easier to search than other resources. This is critical as uncontrolled resources, such as Internet, are used intensively than controlled resources such as subscribed electronic resources, books, journals and other resources available in the local library. It is recommended that libraries and lecturers promote the use of more controlled and quality resources to the students to meet the standards of scholarly and academic requirements.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Electronics and Computer Science
Depositing User: MS SITI NUR ATIKAH MOHAMAD RUSDI
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2013 02:50
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2013 02:50
URI: http://repository.um.edu.my/id/eprint/222

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