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Title:Development and validation of the Information Seeking Anxiety scale
Auhtor(s): Mohammad Amin Erfanmanesh ,Abrizah Abdullah ,Noor Harun Abdul Karim,
Journal:Malaysian Journal of Library & Information Science
Volume:17, No 1
Year:2012
Keywords:Information seeking anxiety; Information Seeking Anxiety Scale; Face validity; Content validity; Construct validity; Internal consistency.
Abstract:The purpose of the study was to develop and validate the Information Seeking Anxiety Scale. The research took place in several empirical phases. First, a list of ninety-four (94) potential key components was developed by the researchers and was sent to a panel of experts for validation. Then a pilot instrument comprising ninety-three (93) statements was generated according to the list of key components and was validated again for content by the experts. The face validity of the instrument was then evaluated by a group of fifteen (15) postgraduate students. Finally, the psychometric properties of the instrument were tested with a group of four hundred (400) postgraduate students using exploratory factor analysis and Cronbach’s alpha internal reliability coefficient. Consequently a valid and reliable 47-item Information Seeking Anxiety Scale was produced which could be employed in efforts to measure information seeking anxiety among library users.
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