Students’ Information

Needs and Behavior

Authored by: Heidi Julien

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Fourth Edition

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781466552593
eBook ISBN: 9781315116143
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Students’ information behavior is affected by their physical and cognitive developmental stage. Current students are widely understood to be experienced and confident in using online information and communication technologies, although their skill levels commonly are considered to be insufficient. Significant opportunity exists to develop more sophisticated searching skills, as well as ability to critically evaluate information. Information literacy instruction is key to developing these skills. Library use mostly occurs virtually, for both on campus and distance students, and students strongly prefer information available online in full text.

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