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Use of UGC‐Infonet e‐journals by research scholars and students of the University of Delhi, Delhi: A study

Margam Madhusudhan (Department of Library and Information Science, University of Delhi, Delhi, India)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 5 September 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This paper focuses on the use of UGC‐Infonet e‐journals by research scholars and students. The main aim is to identify the needs and requirements of users in general and to know the use of UGC‐Infonet Library and Information Science e‐journals in the University of Delhi by research scholars and students of DLIS in particular.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey was conducted through a questionnaire circulated among 40 research scholars (PhD and MPhil) and 28 students (MLISc) studying in the DLIS, University of Delhi, Delhi, for the academic year 2006‐07. The response rate was 94 per cent.

Findings

The study shows that e‐journals perform an increasingly important role in research at DLIS. Not only current e‐journals are required, but research scholars and students need to be provided the use of significant electronic back runs as well. There is an ever increasing demand for subscriptions of more e‐journal titles in LIS. There appears to be some need for academics to be provided with training in using e‐journals. The area where the greatest need for training is around managing references.

Research limitations/implications

The study geographical area was restricted to research scholars and students of the DLIS, University of Delhi, Delhi.

Originality/value

The paper highlights the importance of e‐journals in research at DLIS, University of Delhi.

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Citation

Madhusudhan, M. (2008), "Use of UGC‐Infonet e‐journals by research scholars and students of the University of Delhi, Delhi: A study", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 26 No. 3, pp. 369-386. https://doi.org/10.1108/07378830810903300

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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