The purpose of this study was to identify and compare the information sources that first-year and fourth-year undergraduate students in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Alberta choose to satisfy their academic information needs. Data were collected by means of a questionnaire. The sample was comprised of 57 first-year students and 69 fourth-year students, representing 40% and 47% of the total enrollment of first and fourth year undergraduates respectively. Results suggest that the type of course requirement influences the choice of information source. Students tend to choose a formal source, such as a library, for term papers and seminars, and an informal source, such as a teaching assistant and friend, for lab and seminar assignments.




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