Research students in the electronic age: Impacts of changing information behaviour on information literacy needs.

Christina Williamson, Vivienne Bernath, Steven Wright, Jen Sullivan

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Abstract

Because of the rapid uptake of information and communication technology (ICT), understanding the ways in which information seeking has changed over the past decade is crucial to gaining a picture of how information literacy (IL) needs may also be changing in the electronic age. This qualitative research took an interpretivist/constructivist approach in examining the ways in which access to electronic information seeking affects the IL needs of 15 research students in an Australian university setting. An ethnographic technique, the interview, was used for data collection. Three particular areas related to information seeking and use were selected: (a) information source use, because of the burgeoning availability of electronic sources; (b) knowing when to stop collecting information, because the Internet has made greater quantities of information more easily available than in the past; and c) managing information following its collection, which has also been affected by the vast amount of information that is now accessible. The conclusion points to enhanced roles for both supervisors and academic librarians, with the need for the latter to become perceived as educators within their university communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-63
Number of pages17
JournalCommunications in Information Literacy
Volume1
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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