Use of Open Access Resources Among Legal Professionals: An Evaluative Study

Use of Open Access Resources Among Legal Professionals: An Evaluative Study

S. Ravi, S. Murali Krishnan
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3559-2.ch011
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The most rapidly changing pervasive and publicized aspects of library and information studies are e-resources. In a relatively short period of the time, e-resources have expanded drastically from the few dozen computerized bibliography databases to the overwhelming amount of information available today. Electronic resources have grown to include online library catalogues, lists of CD-ROMs, online journals, databases, newspapers, reference materials, open access journals, e-books, major publishers, and online bookshops. There is a pressing need for guidance regarding the use of such resources. The findings of this study conclude that the age-wise respondents have many problems accessing e-resources including computer viruses, having difficulty using digital resources due to lack of IT knowledge, and their limited access to computers.
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Review Of Literature

Dawes and Sampson (2003) in their study entitled “Knowledge Management in Clinical Practices: A Systematic Review of Information Seeking Behaviour of Physicians”, have conducted a survey to identify the information seeking behaviour of clinicians. The results were mainly obtained from trials in the United States and showed that the most frequent sources for information used are text sources and second one is asking colleagues. The lack of time to search, the huge amount of material, forgetfulness, the belief that there is likely to be no answer, and lack of urgency all hinder the process of answering questions.

Stokes and Lewin (2003) in the study is entitled “Information Seeking Behaviour of Nursing Teachers in a School of Health Studies: A Soft System Analysis” show the role of library staff as integral to the information seeking process. The main problem includes their variable literature searching skills and time pressure.

Rozic-Hristovski and others (2002) in their study entitled “Users Information Seeking Behaviour on a Medical Library Website”, conducted a survey of CML (Central Medical Library) at the faculty of medicine, University of Ljubjana Slovenia. The analysis of the CML website usage behaviour reveals that groups of visitors having similar needs and interest need restructuring of some reference pages (e.g databases on consumer health education) that seem to be hidden from the visitors but contain important information.

Padmamma and others (2002) in their paper entitled “Information Seeking Behaviour of VISL Scientists: A Study” revealed that one third of the scientists visit the information centre to satisfy the information needs for research activity, about 31% scientists opine that teaching in the department is one of the factors which hinders their information seeking behaviour. The study also finds that 76.19% scientists use journals, 60% use books and 96.43% use newspapers to fulfill their information needs. More than 83% of VISL scientists utilize lending services and 45.24% use newspaper clipping services.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Internet: The internet is a collection of computers that share information. Home users commonly use a phone modem, cable modem, or DSL connection to connect to the Internet. An internet service provider (ISP) connects the home user to other computers.

OpenStax: A non-profit digital ecosystem serving millions of users per month in the delivery of free educational content to improve learning outcomes.

E-Resources: Electronic resources (or e-resources) are materials in digital format accessible electronically. Examples of e-resources are electronic journals (e-journal), electronic books (e-book) online databases in varied digital formats, Adobe Acrobat documents (.pdf), webpages.

OER: Commons was created as a network for teaching and learning materials, the web site offers engagement with resources in the form of social bookmarking, tagging, rating, and reviewing.

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