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Exploring the university research scholars’ information literacy competency: a focus on the knowledge and skills

Kalai Senthur Selvi (Department of Library and Information Science, Alagappa University, Karaikudi, India)
Perumal Ganesan (Central Library, Alagappa University, Karaikudi, India)

Information Discovery and Delivery

ISSN: 2398-6247

Article publication date: 18 January 2022

Issue publication date: 13 October 2022




This study aims to determine the level of knowledge in searching, evaluating, information management competency and to find differences among research scholars’ in terms of their information literacy (IL) competency with regards to gender and academic designation.


A survey method was conducted to collect the data from the research scholars’ pursuing their doctoral degrees in Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tamil Nadu, India.


The results of this study revealed that the majority have used simple search and were not using the Online Public Access Catalogue. They were not able to assess the information retrieved and the assistance from the library staff to locate the resources was found to be minimal. This study also highlighted some of the problems faced by the research scholars and provided some suggestions based on the findings. This study highlights the need to adopt a new IL framework and conduct user literacy training programmes for effective use of the resources.

Practical implications

This study also has practical implications in terms of assessing the IL competency among the research scholars and significant variations which identified through demographics and assessment of IL competency will enable policymakers to develop a framework for brand new literacy instructions. The results may help to frame long-term strategies to motivate and train the research scholars in the effective use of technologies for improving their academic performance.


This study used a questionnaire as tool to collect the data. The outcome of the results will help the librarians and authorities to discuss research scholars’ IL competency and take appropriate decisions to improve their IL skills.



Senthur Selvi, K. and Ganesan, P. (2022), "Exploring the university research scholars’ information literacy competency: a focus on the knowledge and skills", Information Discovery and Delivery, Vol. 50 No. 4, pp. 365-373.



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