Information seeking anxiety among M.A.‎ Students of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences

Hassan Ashrafi Rizi1,Mohammad Reza Soleymani1, Fereshteh Aghaei2

 

  1. Department of Medical Library and Information Sciences, School of Medical Library and Information Sciences, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.‎
  1. Health Information Technology Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.‎

Abstract

:Background

Information-seeking anxiety is a feeling caused by abundance of information or failure to proper interpret the information that can adversely affect the ability of individuals for seeking information and meeting their information needs.‎ Therefore, it is necessary to investigate information-seeking anxiety, factors causing it, and methods for addressing and reducing this type of anxiety.‎ The purpose of this study was to evaluate information-seeking anxiety in postgraduate students of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences.‎

:Materials and Methods

This study has been conducted using survey method.‎ A total of 265 postgraduate students of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences were selected with the help of stratified random sampling.‎ Data collection tool was a questionnaire designed for this purpose.‎ The gathered data was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics.‎

:Results

The results indicated that the topic selection factor played a more prominent role in creating information seeking anxiety compared to other factors.‎ Apart from students of school of medicine, information seeking anxiety was below average among the students.‎ In addition, there was a significant difference between information seeking anxiety in students from different departments.‎ Finally, female students had higher information seeking anxiety compared to male students.‎

:Conclusion

Although information seeking anxiety among students was lower than average in most cases, further reduction of anxiety could be achieved by facilitating access to information resources and library information services and increasing the quality of students’ information literacy through training courses tailored to each discipline are necessary.‎

Keywords: Information seeking anxiety, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, students

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مرکز تحقیقات فناوری اطلاعات در امور سلامت، دانشگاه علوم پزشکی اصفهان، اصفهان، ایران.

 

Health Information Technology Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.‎

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