Information literacy in Oman's higher education: A descriptive-inferential approach

Ali Al-Aufi*, Hamed Al-Azri

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study aims to identify the current status of information literacy among the students at Sultan Qaboos University in their final year through using the Big6 model for solving information problems. The study utilizes self-assessment survey approach, with the questionnaire as a tool for data collection. It surveyed undergraduate students of Sultan Qaboos University, enrolled in their final year for the academic year 2010/2011. Collected data from 550 valid questionnaires were processed using SPSS. The results indicated high rates of information literacy skills. Among the Big6 skills synthesis, including the ability of respondents in summarizing, combining and linking, using consistent style of organization, and using a variety of ways to display information was ranked first, while the skill of location and access scored the lowest. Significant statistical differences attributed to specialization, gender, English fluency, and computer skills were also indicated at minor levels. The amount of literature relating to information literacy in the Arab World is comparatively less than that in the developed countries. No empirical studies that investigate the competencies of information literacy among university students have previously been conducted in Oman.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-346
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Librarianship and Information Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


  • Big6
  • Oman
  • Sultan Qaboos University
  • higher education
  • information literacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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