Use of Electronic Resources Among Management Students of Alagappa University: A Case Study

Use of Electronic Resources Among Management Students of Alagappa University: A Case Study

Alagu A. (Alagappa University, India)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7125-4.ch011


The study examines the use of electronic resource among management students of Alagappa University. A questionnaire was distributed among the post-graduate students to collect desired data. A total of 85 questionnaires were distributed to the selected sample of Faculty of Management; 60 valid samples were collected. The study describes in brief the e-resources and their types, etc. The objectives and research methodology of the study has clearly expanded. The data analysis and interpretation are investigating the use of e-resources, awareness, purpose of use searching for relevant e-resources, reason for using e-resources, frequently of use, satisfaction level, problems facing while accessing e-resources by management students. They opined that e-resources improve quality of their work but lack of accessibility to back issues and limited number of titles available and lack of training of e-resources are the main problems faced by the management students while accessing e-resources.
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The studied related to the different aspects of Electronic information resources particularly students, including college use of libraries students’ user’s satisfaction with the electronic information resources of libraries etc.

Ehikhamenor (2003) discussed the impact of the Internet on the scientific communication process and the productivity of the scientists in Nigerian universities. It was expected that, besides the direct contribution of the Internet to research through access to vast stores of scientific information, the Internet would increase the number of colleagues a scientist communicates with on a regular basis, and consequently stimulate higher productivity. The results show that, while there is a correlation between the number of contacts maintained by the scientists and their productivity, the Internet contributes little to increasing those contacts or improving productivity.

According to Thanuskodi (2013), there is a drastic change in the way how information are shared as well as networking and socializing take place in every society in today’s work environment. No doubt that the Internet has become a powerful tool for communication purposes, to exchange ideas, and even used in participation in local, national and international networking. The history of the Internet emerges back in 1960s when several computer scientists were hired by Pentagon to build a system to decentralize communication network. As a result, the Arpanet was born. Over time the network grew rapidly to interconnect numerous universities, research centers as well as commercial organization. Thereafter, the word and use of the Internet expand globally. No doubt, with that, Internet usage continues to develop rapidly over the years and now millions are using the Internet. The paper examines gender differences in Internet usage pattern among male and female students. Internet usage pattern covers items such as knowledge and experience on the Internet, purpose of using Internet and frequency of using e-mail. The paper also examines the influence of gender role on Internet usage pattern.

In a survey of 141 respondents out of 169 questionnaires, giving an overall response rate of 83 percent (Dadzie, 2005). Survey responses were coded and input into Excel for analysis. The study found that general computer usage for information access was high because of the University's state‐of‐the art IT infrastructure. The study recommends, among others, the introduction of information competency across the curriculum and/or the introduction of an one‐unit course to be taught at all levels and the provision of more PCs on campus.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Electronic Information Resources: Have become one of the most important and essential for all activities aspects of information in the current era of information and communication technology. E-resources can be very helpful to the users in available information and knowledge services; e-resources have confidently conventional themselves as essential resources for libraries and their users in current perspective.

Digital Library: An online database of digital objects that can include text, still images, audio, video, or other digital media formats. A digital library covers the creation and distribution of all types of information over networks, ranging from converted historical materials. It considered the knowledge of the respondents about digital library and its uses, digitization process, and electronic resources services.

Accessing E-Resources: The ways and means used for searching for the required information, the use of the information, the use of the information found, the satisfaction/dissatisfaction arising from the use of information gained, the flow of the information and the relationship of studies.

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