International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss


Information needs and Information seeking behaviors of Social Science Graduate Students in Malaysian Public Universities
Dr.Ramnah Abd. Thani, Associate Professor Dr. Laili Hashim

Information seeking is a grand challenge and it is one of a considerable issue for Information Science. The focused of the study was the graduates of Social Sciences by research to pursue Master and Doctor of Philosophy (Phd) degree  in Public Malaysian Universities. The graduates of Social Sciences by research were in need for large volumes of current and relevant information sources to fulfill their research requirements. The advancement of the technology like computerization has changed Social Science graduates’ information need and seeking behaviors. Hence, the study is to gain a clearer picture of how graduate students seek information. This study is also to determine if there exist any correlation between information needs and information seeking of these graduates. An extensive review of related and relevant literature of previous and present studies is also included. The sample of the study was drawn from the Social Science graduate students of four Local Universities: UiTM, UM, UKM and USM. Quantitative data was collected using closed-ended questionnaires and the statistical package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 12 was used to analyze the data.

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