Students who are novice researchers may not have a good grasp on the body of knowledge in their disciplines and may not have gained enough knowledge of the subject matter to handle basic assignments. They lack the characteristics of the expert researcher: 1) a long process of acculturation to the field, 2) knowledge of the discipline and supporting fields, and 3) well-developed personal information seeking strategies (Leckie, 1996).
Novice researches may face these issues that contribute to anxiety:
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