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Predictors of information literacy self-efficacy among medical students: PLS-SEM analysis

Saira Hanif Soroya (Department of Information Management, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan)
Malik Muhammad Yasir Iqbal (Riphah International University, Faisalabad, Pakistan)
Muhammad Shahid Soroya (Minhaj University, Lahore, Pakistan)
Khalid Mahmood (Department of Information Management, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 20 October 2020

Issue publication date: 21 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The study was designed to examine the predictors of information literacy self-efficacy skills (IL skills) of medical students.

Design/methodology/approach

The study was quantitative in nature and was carried out by using survey research method. Wong and Law Emotional Intelligence Scale (WLEIS) and Information Literacy Self-Efficacy Scale for medical students (ILSES-M) were used to collect the data. Data was collected randomly from 223 out of 526 undergraduate medical students on proportionally random basis according to the number of students available in each year. PLS-SEM analysis was run with the help of SmartPLS 3.2.

Findings

The findings of the study revealed that three subconstructs for emotional intelligence (EI), that is, self-emotions appraisal, others-emotion appraisal, use of emotions, had a statistically significant positive impact (p < 0.05) on information literacy (IL) self-efficacy of the medical students. The findings further confirm that English language proficiency and frequency of attended IL instruction sessions also have a significant positive impact on IL self-efficacy of medical students.

Originality/value

The exploration of EI in relation to IL is comparatively a novel area. The study observed the influence of EI level on IL self-efficacy of medical students. The study will be a significant contribution to the IL literature. The results may help the information professionals/librarians, particularly those who are engaged in teaching and designing IL programs.

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Citation

Soroya, S.H., Iqbal, M.M.Y., Soroya, M.S. and Mahmood, K. (2021), "Predictors of information literacy self-efficacy among medical students: PLS-SEM analysis", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 39 No. 2, pp. 670-689. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHT-07-2020-0172

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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