Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

User Perception of Electronic Information Resources: A Case Study of Alagappa College of Arts and Science, Tamilnadu, India

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

User Perception of Electronic Information Resources: A Case Study of Alagappa College of Arts and Science, Tamilnadu, India

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Libraries all over the world make available a wide diversity of electronic information sources for use by the various students and staff in their respective institutions. These e-resources form an essential part of the reference services provided by the university libraries. But provision is only part of the equation; resources must be utilized by staff and students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Postgraduate education (or graduate education in North America) involves learning and studying for degrees or other qualifications for which a first or Bachelor's degree generally is required, and is normally considered to be part of higher education.

Electronic resources are the electronic representation of information. There are available in various forms like e-books, digital libraries, online journal magazine, and e-learning tutors and on line test. Because of the effective presentation with multimedia tools, these e-resources have become the source of information. Electronic resources delivers the collection of information as full text databases, e-journals, image collections, multimedia in the form of CD, tape, internet, web technology etc. (Thanuskodi, 2012,p.1).


The use of e-resources for research is an important basis for academic movement. The e-resources are accessible on the Internet and on stand-alone systems at the E-library. Access codes to the subscribed e-resources are given to registered library users. This study explores student's use of e-resources for research and reason and purpose behind the use of e-resources.


The present study was deals with use and user Perception of electronic Information resources in Alagappa college of Arts and Science at Tamilnadu. Detailed analysis can be taken to see the impact of technology on library usage. Finally investigator beliefs that studies are needed on ways to improve and encourage users to use maximum of electronic information resources. The results will help collection developers in designing suitable policy and assess the technical workings faced by the library staff in providing effective.


Chandran (2013) conducted a study on the use and user perception of electronic resources in Siva Institute of Frontier Technology, India. A total number of 123 users were taken into interpretation for the study through a questionnaire-based survey method. A well-structured questionnaire was designed and distributed to the selected 200 students and staff members. 123 copies of the questionnaires were returned dully filled in and the overall response rate was 61.50 percent. The questionnaire contained both open- and close-ended questions.

Engel (2010) carried out a study on the quantitative and qualitative research into the use of electronic information resources and its impact on the information behaviour of academics at Catalan universities. Participants thorough the increase in the quantity of journal reading and, due to the increase in the amount of electronic journals available and the improvement in the tools for locating and accessing this information, especially off--campusaccess.

Ibrahim (2004) in a survey conducted to measure the use and perception of the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) faculty members of electronic resources. Questionnaire was sent to a sample of 140 faculty members. Participants were received from 125 (89%) faculty members. Analysis confirmed frequency of use of electronic resources was low. Causes cited were lack of time because of the time needed to focus on teaching; lack of awareness to electronic resources provided by the library.

Prakash and Patil (2010) conducted a study to find out the results of a research study conducted to survey the user perception on information sources and services. It describes the availability and use of information sources by the post graduate students and research scholars of the Central university of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. …

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