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The use of browser based resources for literature searches in the postgraduate cohort of the Faculty of Humanities, Development and Social Sciences (HDSS) at the Howard College Campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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The research reflected here examined in depth how one cohort of learners viewed and engaged in literature searches using web browser based resources. Action research was employed using a mixed methods approach. The research started with a survey followed by interviews and a screencast examining practice based on a series of search related exercises. These were analysed and used as data to establish what deficits in using the web to search for literature existed in the target group. Based on the analysis of these instruments, the problem was redefined and a workshop intended to help remediate deficiencies uncovered was run. Based on this a recommendation is made that a credit bearing course teaching digital research literacy be made available which would include information literacy as a component.


Thesis (M.A.)-University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, 2011.


University of KwaZulu-Natal--Students., Electronic information resources--Use studies., Web search engines--KwaZulu-Natal--Durban., Electronic information literacy--Study and teaching (Higher)--KwaZulu-Natal--Durban., Inernet literacy--Study and teaching (Higher)--KwaZulu-Natal--Durban., Theses--Digital media.