An Investigation of Use of Information Sources by Social Scientists
Kumar, Ajay, Singh, S. N., Yadav, Akhilesh K. S., Library Philosophy and Practice
Information resources, library and information personnel, and users are important components of modern libraries. For proper and systematic planning and development of information resources and services, the user studies are the first step in the development of need-based collections in libraries. A large number of user studies have been reported in the literature from the west. There are only a few studies of users in India, and there are no in-depth studies in science and technology, social science, and humanities in India. In the present paper, an attempt has been made to study the use of information sources by the social scientists of Mizoram University.
Social Science Information
Research in social science depends heavily on availability of information. Access to the right information is a difficult task because information is abundant, but users do not know whether it is available and where to locate it. Unless mechanisms for the organization of information are evolved to send information to the target user, all expenditure and efforts on its generation become wasteful. Information is a required commodity in any research activity because of its potential value in policy formation and decision-making. Social science research has become diversified, giving birth to a number of new research areas. Information needs of social scientists have become both discipline-oriented and mission-oriented. Information in the form of data, both raw and processed, is heavily relied upon by social science information users.
Title dispersion, or the variety of information sources in social science, is greater than in the sciences. Social scientists increasingly use official records, archival materials, files, committee/commission reports, addresses and proceedings of political parties, legislative proceedings, rules, databases, newspapers and bulletins, etc., apart from conventional documents like books, journals, research papers, conference proceedings, theses, and statistical serials.
Objectives of the Study
The specific objectives of the study are:
* To determine the use of formal and informal sources of information by social scientists of Mizoram University.
* To determine the degree to which social scientists make use of various types of information sources.
* To identify the methods followed by them to keep in touch with the latest developments in their fields.
* The availability of information sources and services in Mizoram University.
Scope and Methodology of the Study
A social scientist is a person who is involved in teaching and research activities in any of the following area: Economics, …
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Publication information: Article title: An Investigation of Use of Information Sources by Social Scientists. Contributors: Kumar, Ajay - Author, Singh, S. N. - Author, Yadav, Akhilesh K. S. - Author. Journal title: Library Philosophy and Practice. Publication date: October 2011. Page number: Not available. © 2009 University of Idaho Library. COPYRIGHT 2011 Gale Group.
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