Research Activity on the Web: Role of Students and Searching Needs in a Malaysian Local University

By Maizatul Akmar Ismail, Mashkuri Yaacob and Sameem Abdul Kareem.

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Research is a systematic activity in searching for new information and understanding. World Wide Web (WWW) supplies trillions of information to feed the research purposes. Scholarly publications in particular, provide specific information to contribute in generating a new body of knowledge. This paper will specifically look at the role of novice research students (from both undergraduate and postgraduates level) and the need-and-want while searching for scholarly contents. The survey took place in the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya, Malaysia with 77 undergraduates (Final Year Students) and 53 postgraduates’ students. The questionnaire consists of five sections for undergraduates and six sections for postgraduate. The main different between the questionnaire is that for the postgraduate part, we add another section particularly to elicit students publishing history. The result shows that majority of the student spent six to ten hours a week to search for information for research purposes. Online search engines are the major sources for information. Complete electronic theses and final year students’ project are rated highest to be the type of work that postgraduates and undergraduates wish to deposit in institutional repository. Efficient keywords search and free to use are chosen by the majority of the student as the factors that will motivate them to use the repository. This paper will outline overall result of the survey and highlights the analysis of the searching behavior section. We will conclude the paper with the direction of future works.

Keywords: Undergraduates and Postgraduates Students, Scholarly Repository, Searching, Research Activity, Malaysia, Information Seeking

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 12, pp.141-152. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 560.731KB).

Maizatul Akmar Ismail

Lecturer, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Ms. Maizatul Akmar Ismail serves as a lecturer at the University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur, teaches subjects related to information science such as Accounting Information System, Database, Information Retrieval and few others. Her research interests include E-Commerce and Smart Card Application.

Mashkuri Yaacob

Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Mashkuri Yaacob is currently the third vice-chansellor of University Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN). Mashkuri obtained his bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He completed his master’s and PhD degrees in Electronics and Computer Engineering in University of Manchester, UK. He is a Professor in the Deparment of System and Computer Technology, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya. Mashkuri was the UM’s deputy Vice-Chansellor (Academic) from June 2000 until May 2003. His research interest are discrete wavelet, operating system and integrated System.

Sameem Abdul Kareem

Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Sameem Abdul Kareem is currently the Deputy Dean (Academic) and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya. Her research interest are Medical Informatics, Neural Network and Artificial Intelligent System.

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