Drawing upon Wilson’s framework on information needs and user studies, this article investigated student entrepreneurs’ demographics, characteristics, and their fundamental cognitive, affective, and resource needs. Through a meta-narrative synthesis of 15 empirical studies and other related research, this article developed a non-exhaustive taxonomy of 60 information need topics, which hopefully would lead student entrepreneurs to success through (1) enhancing business knowledge and evidence-based decisions, (2) cultivating affective learning and personal growth, and (3) securing diversified support networks and social capital. Besides library support via comprehensive pathfinders and research guides, this study also brought a fresh look at business research consultations and collection policies. It further identified opportunities for libraries to promote tacit knowledge sharing among student entrepreneurs and collaborate with campus partners to create an inclusive and supportive entrepreneurial culture.
Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship
Taylor & Francis Online
Liu, G. (2021). Exploring the information needs of student entrepreneurs: A meta-narrative synthesis. Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, 1-52. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08963568.2021.1955184