Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Date of this Version

Fall 2022


Introduction: Researchers and students, who play an essential role in promoting education and research, must inevitably use various information sources to obtain information in order to meet their information needs. However, to use digital resources, they need the ability to use digital technology, referred to as "digital literacy".

Objectives: This research aimed to examine the digital information behaviour and digital literacy of master's students at the University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences. On this basis, it will be possible to determine web users' level of expertise and knowledge in utilizing the information available on the web. By determining the current situation, appropriate solutions and training will be provided to improve the information behaviour of this group.

Methods: This study cross-sectional study was carried out using a five-point Likert questionnaire developed by the researchers. The population of this study comprises 36 master's students at the University of Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences.

Results: The results of this study revealed that the digital information-seeking ability and literacy of students at the University of Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences are generally weak.

Conclusion: It is advised that internet search training sessions be offered to the students and that the degree of development in their abilities is closely studied so that their inability to locate information using online resources may be precisely discovered. A timely subscription of databases, as well as an increase in periodical subscriptions based on the user demands, seem to be necessary.