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Sources of Searching S kills of Business Students. A research study on. Authors. Muhammad Tariq Incharge Library Information Services PhD (Scholar), Hamdard University, Karachi [email protected] Dr. Shafiq ur Rehman Assistant Professor, University of the Punjab, Lahore

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  • Muhammad Tariq
    • Incharge Library Information Services
    • PhD (Scholar), Hamdard University, Karachi
  • Dr. ShafiqurRehman
    • Assistant Professor, University of the Punjab, Lahore
  • Dr. Khalid Mahmood
    • Deanship, Dammam University, Dammam, KSA
  • GhulamMustafa
    • Librarian, Sargodha University, Sargodha

Apart from traditional information resources, internet has emerged as main source of knowledge to attract students. (Kinley, 2010)

Pakistan is a developing country and its economic situation is in crisis and stabs to get footing for sustainability (Ahmad, 2010)

Intelligent and knowledgeable business students can play a vital role for viable economic situation of Pakistan.

Business students who have expert searching skills, can access their data within short time.

Needs to know the sources of searching skill of business students at various degree level programs.

Also, it is not clear to what extent and in what ways they

are taking advantage of this modern media.

background studies
Background studies
  • Enormous literature is available on the topic and reviewed under following five categories:
    • Searching techniques: age factor
    • Searching techniques: discipline factor
    • Searching techniques: academic level
    • Searching techniques: training / library instructions
    • Conclusion

The purpose of this study is to investigate the level and sources of searching skills of business students of various public and private sector universities of Lahore, Pakistan.

objectives of the study
Objectives of the study
  • To know the significant different between students of different study levels like under-graduate, graduate and post graduate.
  • To find out the searching skills level of business students
  • To know the sources of searching skills of business students.
  • To examine the searching skill level among the students of public and private sector universities.
research design
Research Design
  • Survey Instrument: Questionnaire
  • Population: Business students of private, public and semi-government sector HEC recognized universities.
  • Sample: Convenient
  • Participants: 24 universitiesof Lahore, where business education were offering at any academic degree level
  • Data analysis: Data were analyzed through SPSS (V-20)
table 1 demographic characteristics of respondents
RESULTSTable 1: Demographic Characteristics of Respondents

Demographic Characteristics of Respondents

table 2 searching skills level of business students
RESULTSTable 2: Searching Skills Level of Business Students

Searching Skill Level of Business Students

RESULTSTable 3: Table 3: Searching skills level of students of public, private and semi-government universities

Searching skills level of students of private, public and semi-government universities

sources of searching skills
RESULTSSources of Searching Skills

Table 4: Sources of searching skills

start of internet searching
RESULTSStart of internet searching

Table 5: Start of internet searching

use frequency of internet
RESULTSUse frequency of internet

Table 6: Use frequency of internet

help frequency while using the interne
RESULTSHelp frequency, while using the interne

Table 7: Help frequency while using theinternet

general d iscussion
RESULTSGeneral Discussion
  • Students having expert searching skills get their results within 30 minutes.
  • Server downtime and network efficiency are the big issues while searching on internet
  • Phrase, synonyms and suitable key words search technique are used in high frequency
  • 43% students can get their results as they desire
  • Google is the most popular search engine among business students.
  • Power failure, non-connectivity and lack of computer facilities in libraries/institutes are the major hurdles to use the computers
  • The survey shows a satisfactory condition of searching skills of business students.
  • Many students do not have formal training to use proper searching techniques and strategies to fulfill their information needs.
  • Short courses and library orientations can be a good learning venues to learn online searching skills to retrieve data from internet
  • The trends amongst males and females students are nearly alike, so researchers do not make separate analysis.
limitations of study and further research directions
Limitations of study and further research directions
  • This study have some limitation that only business students at undergraduate, graduate and post graduate level were considered as respondents from public, private and semi-government sector HEC recognized universities of Lahore.
  • Convenient sampling was used to collect data thus the sample may not be representative of the actual population.
  • The further research may be conducted to check the searching skills level of the students belong to other subjects like engineering, pure sciences, humanities and social sciences and other geographical area of Pakistan
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