The use of information resources by LIS graduate students in Kuwait

Samir N. Hamade (Department of Library and Information Science, College of Social Sciences, Kuwait University, Kuwait City, Kuwait)
Saud Al‐Yousef (Department of Library and Information Science, College of Social Sciences, Kuwait University, Kuwait City, Kuwait)

Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Publication date: 25 May 2010

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the use of information resources in the research papers of the graduate students in Library and Information Science (LIS) at Kuwait University.

Design/methodology/approach

The methodology chosen for this paper is the bibliometric method by way of citation count of the references found in the literature review papers of LIS graduate students at Kuwait University by identifying the preferred form of publications, retrieval method, time span, subject distribution, and the most cited journals.

Findings

It is shown that the majority of students used journal articles, web pages, and books as the most preferred form of resources. Their preferred method of retrieval was the printed format. Time span of the most used citations is from three to ten years. They mostly used traditional library journals such as Bulletin of MLA, Library Review, The Electronic Library, Library Management, and College and Research Libraries.

Research limitations/implications

The quantity and quality of citations were reviewed and approved by the student advisor, and the sample was drawn from a population of 74 papers based on the availability of original papers.

Originality/value

The findings in this paper provide important insights for the academic library administration to take appropriate measures to achieve a higher level of awareness and skill by the users.

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Citation

Hamade, S. and Al‐Yousef, S. (2010), "The use of information resources by LIS graduate students in Kuwait", Library Review, Vol. 59 No. 5, pp. 360-369. https://doi.org/10.1108/00242531011047055

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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