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Title: Ethical Use of Information – How University Students Fare
Authors: Szarina Abdullah
Nor Rashimahwati Tarmuchi
Norliya Ahmad Kassim
Mohd Sharif Mohd Saad
Rasimah Aripin
Keywords: Information literacy evaluation in Malaysia
Information ethics
University students
Issue Date: Jun-2007
Publisher: Library & Information Science Unit, Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology, University of Malaya
Abstract: Ethical use of information is an important component of information literacy, particularly among university students. This paper reports on the finding of a study conducted among university students to identify their information literacy (IL) competency, with specific attention on “Ethical use of information”. The study used a self-administered questionnaire as the instrument for data collection. Respondents were 1,100 final year students from various disciplines from 4 public and 2 private universities in the Klang Valley of Malaysia. The level of competency was measured by students’ ability to identify 3 main things: a) which types of information use require users to acknowledge the information sources, b) which activities are considered plagiarism, and c) which types of information are considered copyrighted. Students need to answer13 item questions. Each answer was assigned scores for the purpose of computing competency levels, namely: 0=wrong answer, 1=beginner, 2=intermediate, 3=advanced. Results of the analysis revealed that majority of the respondents’ competency fall under the beginner level (43.4%), followed by the intermediate level (38.0%), and advanced level (18.6%). Other interesting results are obtained by cross-tabulating competency data against various characteristics, such as their information-related activities in the library, the nature of academic assignments, the type of information skills course they have attended, the university where they attended, and other demographic variables. Implications from findings are discussed.
Description: In Building an information society for all: proceedings of the International Conference on Libraries, Information and Society, ICoLIS 2007, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, 26-27 June 2007
URI: http://dspace.fsktm.um.edu.my/handle/1812/252
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