Online Database Use by Science Research Scholars of Alagappa University, Karaikudi: A Study

Online Database Use by Science Research Scholars of Alagappa University, Karaikudi: A Study

M. Suresh (Department of Library and Information Science, Alagappa University, India) and S. Ravi (Department of Library and Information Science, Central University of Tamil Nadu, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2201-1.ch006

Abstract

The main aim of this chapter is to create awareness among the researchers about online database resources and to promote effective access to electronic products. A well-equipped and well managed library is the foundation of modern education structure. It is said that education without library services is like a body without soul, a vehicle without and engine, and building with bricks but no cement. The library is the chief instrument for accumulating and using our intellectual heritage. This research work will bring out tremendous changes in the working style of the libraries. University library is a way of making educational and research data and information available to faculty, researchers, students, and others at the institutions and worldwide. A well-structured questionnaire was employed to test the variables using statistical tools.
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Review Of Literature

Mauti, Chege, and Kiplag (2018) in their study entitled “Evaluating Access and Use of Information Resources by Postgraduate Students at the Adventist University of Africa Library in Kenya”, conducted a sample study on 142 postgraduate students out of 473. Stratified and purposive sampling techniques were used. From the research findings, the majority of the respondents indicated that books form the highest percentage of resources found in the library as represented by 48.6%, Books were rated highest with a mean of 4.34, an indication that respondents considered them to be very good, It was established that 48.6% of the postgraduate students access the information resources through the information literacy skills.57.8% of the respondents do not have adequate information technology skills. The study recommended more print-based journals to be subscribed to cover all the programs and suggested the University to ensure that all students are computer literate in order to gain skills that enable them to retrieve information using Information Communication Technology (ICT)

Papanna and Ravvivenkat (2017) in their study entitled “Information Sources and Services in First Grade College Libraries of Chitradurga District: A Survey”, did a survey empowered with a structured questionnaire and distributed to college librarians. The study indicates that out of (27.31%) college libraries 23 have separate independent budget, it is suggested that the college authorities must focus on building the infrastructure in libraries, provide professional manpower to libraries, set in motion the concept of introducing library automation in libraries, framing a policy for collection building and rules for providing services to library users in an effective and efficient manner.

Olajide and Adio (2017) in their study entitled “Effective utilisation of university library resources by undergraduate students: A case study of Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Nigeria”. The research design used for this study is the descriptive research design of the survey type and the instrument used was a structured questionnaire administered to students in the university. The sample study is 400 targeted undergraduate students to whom four hundred copies of the questionnaire were distributed across the four faculties of the university while three hundred and eighty-four (384) copies of questionnaires were returned and found useable/fit for the analysis representing a response rate of 96%. It was revealed in the study that erratic power supply, functional resources, adequate reading space and lack of physical facilities.

Key Terms in this Chapter

E-Resources: An electronic resource is defined as a resource which require computer access or any electronic product that delivers a collection of data, be it text referring to full text bases, electronic journals, image collections, other multimedia products and numerical, graphical or time based, as a commercially available title that has been published with an aim to being marketed.

Search Engine: A web search engine or Internet search engine is a software system that is designed to carry out web search (Internet search), which means to search the World Wide Web in a systematic way for particular information specified in a textual web search query.

Database: A database is an organized collection of data, generally stored and accessed electronically from a computer system.

Internet: The internet is a globally connected network system that uses TCP/IP to transmit data via various types of media.

Information Sources: An information source is a person, thing, or place from which information comes, arises, or is obtained. Information sources can be known as primary or secondary.

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