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Info Skills Road Trip: 3 - Searching: Information Seeking Behaviour

What type of learner am I?

Knowing what type of learner you are can help you determine the methods that can improve your study and information seeking habits.  Study the animals below, think carefully about what best defines your habits and also about what changes you need to make to improve. Make sure you vote and check out the poll results to see how you compare to other students.

Common Information seeking behaviour

Take the time to study the animals below. Think about a time when you have needed to find information.  This could be as part of your social life or previous academic studies. For instance, resources for an assignment, cheap airfares, clothes, finding events etc. Vote for which animal best describes you?

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Which animal's information seeking behaviour best describes you?

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Magpie: 115 votes (23.66%)
Koala: 70 votes (14.4%)
Echidna: 230 votes (47.33%)
Redback Spider: 71 votes (14.61%)
Total Votes: 486

Good Information seeking behaviour

Now take the time to study these animals. Think about the demands on your time at university and the need to use scholarly sources of information. Vote for which animal you aspire to. 

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Which animal's information seeking behaviour is likely most successful for a busy uni student?

There is no right answer here.  These all exhibit traits that will help you survive and thrive at University.  Start cultivating them now.

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Bower Bird: 186 votes (38.27%)
Shark: 113 votes (23.25%)
Dolphin: 79 votes (16.26%)
Eagle: 108 votes (22.22%)
Total Votes: 486


The idea and initial resources for this exercise came from:

Borg, M., & Stretton, E. (2009). My students and other animals: Or a vulture, an orb weaver spider, a giant panda and 900 undergraduate business students. Journal of Information Literacy, 3(1), 19-30. Retrieved from

Hooper, Ben. (2013, 2nd year vet student at JCU). Information on Australian animals and new resources on which animals had habits best associated with good search behaviours.

Meir, Faraj. (2006) Dolphin image. Retrieved from



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