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Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Online from: 1927

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Information needs and information-seeking behaviour of graduate students at the University of Botswana


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Title:Information needs and information-seeking behaviour of graduate students at the University of Botswana
Author(s):B.T. Fidzani, (B.T. Fidzani is Assistant Librarian at the University of Botswana Library, Gaborone, Botswana)
Citation:B.T. Fidzani, (1998) "Information needs and information-seeking behaviour of graduate students at the University of Botswana", Library Review, Vol. 47 Iss: 7, pp.329 - 340
Keywords:Academic libraries, Botswana, Information resources management, Training needs, User studies
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/00242539810233459 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:This study was undertaken to determine the information-seeking behaviour and use of information resources by graduate students at the University of Botswana. The overall purpose of the study was to determine what their information requirements are and determine their awareness of library services available to them. The study collected empirical data on the information requirements of graduate students. Data were gathered from 144 students out of 223 part-time and full-time graduate students registered. Findings indicate that guidance in the use of library resources and services is necessary to help students meet some of their information requirements. The study found that: journals, library books and textbooks are the most popular sources of information for course work and research and that students need to be taught how to use available library resources and services. Based on these findings, it was recommended that a questionnaire on students’ ability to use information resources be prepared and administered during registration to all masters students to establish their ability to use information resources. It was also recommended that a more aggressive information marketing strategy should be developed at both subject librarian and departmental level to create awareness among graduate students on the available



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