Latest MPhil Graduate from DLISc, University of the Punjab
- Abubaker Saddique, Information Seeking Behaviour of Pakistani Historians: A Qualitative Study of Government College University M. PHIL. Graduates. M. Phil. thesis, Supervisor Professor Dr. Mumtaz A. Anwar. Department of Library and Information Science, University of the Punjab, May 2013. 105p.
ABSTRACT: Ellis developed a model to study the social scientists' information seeking behaviour. This model was slightly modified by Meho and Tibbo (2003) by examining the information seeking behaviour of social sciences faculty members. The modified model has not been applied on historians as far the current literature shows. This study investigates the information seeking behaviour of historians from a renowned university of Lahore to see if their behaviour matched the Ellis' modified model. Nine individuals, who had recently completed their MPhil in History from the Government College University Lahore, were interviewed in-depth about their information seeking behaviour focusing on their actual completed research project, various stages that they went through, and the sources that they used while seeking information. The study also evaluated the applicability of Ellis' modified ISB model to the historians' information seeking behaviour. For this purpose, a compatibility test was performed which showed positive results collectively. It was an addition to the qualitative research literature on information seeking behaviour. Moreover, several problems faced by these historians were detected regarding the information seeking process. Based on the results, some suggestions were made on how current information services and products may be improved to serve historians in a sophisticated way.