Online searching platforms preferred by students in acquiring information for academic purposes / Lai See May ... [et al.]

May, Lai See and Azmi, Azzieatul Syazwanie and Nizam, Mohamad Farhan and Mohd, Muhammad Fakrul Razi and Muhamad Razali, Mohamad Safwan and Ahmad Tarmizi, Nadia Alisya (2021) Online searching platforms preferred by students in acquiring information for academic purposes / Lai See May ... [et al.]. In: Proceedings of International Conference on Language, Education, Humanities &Social Sciences (i-LEdHS2021), 22 Febuari 2021, UiTM Cawangan Kelantan.

Abstract

Our life today is inseparable with technologies and information. People utilise the internet to access
various information for different purposes like social, entertainment and knowledge. Students nowadays are
highly depending on the technology to obtain information especially for academic purposes. Hence, it is crucial
for them to determine which websites should they visit to obtain reliable and useful information. This study aims
to identify online searching platforms that students prefer to use in conducting literature search for their
assignments and to determine the level of students’ awareness on the importance of gaining reliable sources from the worldwide webs for academic purposes. An online survey was conducted among 100 students of various
bachelor’s degree programmes from UiTM Cawangan Kelantan. Results showed students prefer using video
sharing sites (YouTube, TikTok, SnapChat and etc.), social media sites and microblogs (Facebook, Instagram,
Twitter, Pinterest and etc.) over other “traditional” search engines like library online database and Google Scholar
to search for various forms of information for the learning. In terms of awareness, majority of the respondents are
aware that it is important for them to gain information from reliable resources that are available online by checking the original sources of information and its author credentials prior using and sharing it to others. The respondents also agree that they are rigid when choosing the sources of news and information for their studies. News and information from entertainment blogs and social media sites are certainly not their choice in conducting literature search for academic purposes

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Creators:
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May, Lai See
laiseemay@uitm.edu.my
Azmi, Azzieatul Syazwanie
UNSPECIFIED
Nizam, Mohamad Farhan
UNSPECIFIED
Mohd, Muhammad Fakrul Razi
UNSPECIFIED
Muhamad Razali, Mohamad Safwan
UNSPECIFIED
Ahmad Tarmizi, Nadia Alisya
UNSPECIFIED
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Computers in education. Information technology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Blended learning. Computer assisted instruction. Programmed instruction
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > College and university teachers
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information technology. Information systems
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Kelantan > Machang Campus
Event Title: Proceedings of International Conference on Language, Education, Humanities &Social Sciences (i-LEdHS2021)
Event Dates: 22 Febuari 2021
Page Range: pp. 626-630
Keywords: Online searching platforms, information, literature search, academic purposes, reliable sources
Date: 22 February 2021
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/46335
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