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International Journal of Libraries and Information Studies

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Volume 67, Issue 3


Determining the Prevalence and Correlates of Information Seeking Anxiety Among Postgraduates in Pakistan

Muhammad Asif Naveed / Kanwal Ameen
Published Online: 2017-08-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/libri-2016-0017


This study examined the prevalence and correlatives of information seeking anxiety in postgraduate students of the University of the Punjab, Lahore using Information Seeking Anxiety Scale (ISAS). The participants’ selection was made using a stratified convenient sampling due to non-availability through random process. Postgraduate students were approached through a questionnaire, containing ISAS and demographic variables, with descriptive and inferential statistics used for data analysis. Results indicated the prevalence of information seeking anxiety among postgraduates as a large majority of the sample did face more than low anxiety for overall ISAS and all its sub-scales. Participants’ age, gender, faculty, program of study, study stage, computer proficiency, and research experience also appeared to be correlatives to the information seeking anxiety. These useful insights had serious implications to viable information literacy (IL) programs and could be used as a guide by academic information professionals managing information services, especially those engaged in IL instructions.

Keywords: information seeking anxiety; antecedents; correlatives; postgraduate students; Pakistan


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About the article

Received: 2016-03-01

Accepted: 2017-01-06

Published Online: 2017-08-25

Published in Print: 2017-08-28

Citation Information: Libri, Volume 67, Issue 3, Pages 205–214, ISSN (Online) 1865-8423, ISSN (Print) 0024-2667, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/libri-2016-0017.

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