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Abstract

Introduction: The study focussed on the various dimensional constructs of information literacy in using electronic information resources. The research aimed to unravel the relationship between information literacy skills and the use of electronic information resources. The complexity of electronic information resources requires that one possesses information literacy skills to effectively and efficiently use electronic information resources.

Methodology: A descriptive survey approach was employed for this study using quantitative method of data collection. The data were analysed using SPSS. The targeted population for this study is 115 postgraduate students in three universities. The postgraduate students comprise Masters and PhD students only. The study is guided by the Kuhlthau’s (2004) information search process model.

Results: The findings revealed that the use of electronic information resources is determined by competency in the various dimensional constructs of information literacy. Findings further indicated that tool literacy, critical literacy, social-structural literacy, emerging technology literacy, and publishing literacy skills are required in using electronic information resources.

Conclusion: The results suggest that there is a link between information literacy skills and the use of electronic information resources. Therefore, there is the need for universities to introduce programmes such as information literacy certificate programmes, workshops, seminars and others that would increase information literacy skills of students to ensure effective and efficient utilisation of electronic information resources.

Originality/value: The present study provides new insight into dimensional constructs of information literacy required in using electronic information resources. The dimensional constructs of information literacy are of utmost importance in the use of electronic information resources. In this new information and media environments such as the web, numerous electronic resources are available, however, a basic requirement to effectively use these resources, is the possession of information literacy with regards to the dimensional constructs as established in this study.

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