Impact of E-Resources and Web Technology on Reading Habits

Impact of E-Resources and Web Technology on Reading Habits

Jyoti Verma (School of Telemedicine and Biomedical Informatics, Sanjay Ghandi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, India) and Sharad Kumar Sonkar (Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4070-2.ch005
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Abstract

The main purpose of this chapter is to study and explore the impact of digital media and Internet on reading habits. Traditional reading habits of library users have now changed with the changing environment and working culture. People are now looking for an opportunity to read content in electronic mode via Internet, mail, etc. It reduces the burden for people to stay inside the library, and now people can even read content while travelling or while moving around the world. Traditional libraries and digital libraries supplement each other to meet the needs of various kinds of readers. Younger generation students sometimes prefer reading through the Internet or following up book reviews as such opportunities can be thought of as effective means for fostering reading habits. Reading is influenced by many factors like environment, subject, background, age, etc. Libraries are under the influence of modern technologies, which have converted the functional activities in all walks of life.
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E-Resources And Web Technology

E-Resources

Electronic resources are now becoming very popular in users. E-Resources are helping in various fields like teaching, increasing relevance in research and creativity in finding etc. “E resources term used to describe all of the information products that a library provides through a computer network. This includes electronic books and journals, bibliographic databases, and library Website pages etc.” AACR defines an electronic resource as material encoded for manipulation by a computerized device. “E-resources are those resources which include documents in electronic or e-format that can be accessed via Internet in digital library environment. E-resources are that electronic product that delivers a collection of data, be it text, image collection, other multimedia products like numerical, graphical mode for commercially available for library and information centre’s. These may be delivered on CD-ROM / DVD, over the Internet and so on” (Prasanta Kumar Deka, 2007).

  • E-books: Electronic-books are advance version of printed book which is provided by electronic device like computers and Internet. It can be read at any time through computer, ipad, mobile etc.

  • E-journals: An Electronic Journal (known as e-Journal) is that journal which published online. According to School of oriental and African studies University of London “An electronic journal is a periodical publication which is published in electronic text (e.g. PDF) or hypertext format and is available for access in electronic format e.g. on the Internet or on a CD-ROM” (Davis, 1997)

  • Electronic Pre-prints and E-Prints: Electronic pre-print are research articles that are made available for distribution through the network in electronic format before they go through the process of peer reviewing whereas E-print is term generally used to describe electronically mounted copies of the final, peer-reviewed versions of journal articles.

  • E-database: HKIEd Library online Tutorial has defined “An e-database is an organized collection of information, of a particular subject or multi-disciplinary subject areas. The information of an e-database can be searched and retrieved electronically.” (Sharma, 2005) Another definition given by Bangor University Library & Archives Using Library E-databases “E-databases are online collections of resources, for example:

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      A collection of journal articles.

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      A collection of abstracts (short descriptions of articles and other resources).

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      A collection of newspaper articles.

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      A collection of books.

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      A collection of maps.

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      And many other online resource collection.

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