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Personal Traits and Information Behavior: The Case of College Freshmen

LEE,JAE WHOAN 1

1부산대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this research is to investigate the relationship between personal traits and information behavior theoretically. Personal traits are often represented by “major type of personality found in an ethnic group or society" and measured by both degrees of affection and dependency in this study. In turn, information behavior is used to include unique features in information needs, information seeking, information source preference, and information searching pattern in library and internet. The data was collected through a survey with 162 college freshmen, and analyzed for both frequency test and Chi-square test. The major research result shows that dependency rather than affection has a statistically meaningful relation with information behavior, in particular, information needs and source preference. Also made are several methodological suggestions for further research.

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