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Dissertation Information for Adil M. Nofal

NAME:
- Adil M. Nofal

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- University of Pittsburgh (USA) (1989)

ADVISORS:
- E. Blanche Woolls

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- Richard Andrew Krzys
- Allen Kent
- Ellen Detlefsen
- Lawrence Howard

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: The use of information sources by faculty in the physical sciences and social sciences at King Abdulaziz University

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate the use of formal and informal sources of information by the Saudi faculty at King Abdulaziz University and to assess whether there was a difference in information sources use by the physical science and social science faculty members at three stages of research and two stages of teaching activities. The three stages of research activities were preliminary or proposal stage, data collection stage, and data analysis stage while the two stages of teaching were developing a new course and lecture preparation.

Data were collected by means of self-administered questionnaires to 254 faculty members, and face-to-face interviews with six other faculty members. Data analysis was based on 159 valid questionnaires, 97 from the physical sciences and 62 from the social sciences and all six interviews.

Data from the returned questionnaires were analyzed using descriptive statistics (means, standard deviation and proportions), inferential statistics (t-test) which was used to test the hypothesis at the.05 level of significance.

The findings of this study showed that faculty members in the physical sciences and social sciences use both formal and informal sources of information, but they rely more on formal sources. Among the formal sources, they rely heavily on personal files, journals, and books, while personal contact with colleagues is considered as the most important informal source of information. Also it was found that the 2 groups of faculty members use similar sources of information at different stages of a research project.

Another important finding of this study was that faculty members in the physical sciences and social sciences differ significantly from each other in their use of formal sources of information at the preliminary or proposal stage, the data collection stage of a research project, and when developing a new course.

MPACT Scores for Adil M. Nofal

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TA = 0
calculated 2008-01-31 06:23:19

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