Information searching behavior in the Internet age: A users’ study of Aligarh Muslim University

Nazim, Mohammad Information searching behavior in the Internet age: A users’ study of Aligarh Muslim University. The International Information & Library Review, 2008, vol. 40, n. 1, pp. 73-81. [Journal article (Paginated)]

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Reports the results of a survey conducted at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to determine the extent to which Internet users are aware and make use of the Internet resources and services. Examines the information searching behaviour of Internet users. A questionnaire and follow-up interviews with the postgraduate students, research scholars and academic staff were conducted to collect data. The sample used consisted of 489 persons of eight faculties. The data was analysed according to the background of Internet users, Internet information searching behaviour, use of Internet resources and services, quality of Internet information, problems of the Internet access and need for Internet literacy. The study found that the majority of respondents had a 5 year history of Internet access. The academic staff spent more time on the Internet than the students and research scholars. Although Internet search engines were the preferred information searching tool, other methods such as databases, gateways and World Wide Web (WWW) were also used. Online journals and databases were the preferred information sources among the Internet users. Respondents chose e-mail, WWW and search engines as important Internet services. About 60% of respondents believed that the good quality of information on the Internet made it a useful tool for education and research. Slow speed, lack of training and information overload were indicated as some of the factors affecting Internet usage. Provides recommendations on improving the use of Internet, offering a well-planned Internet literacy program and preparation of subject gateways.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: information searching; Internet searching; Aligarh Muslim University
Subjects: L. Information technology and library technology > LC. Internet, including WWW.
Depositing user: Dr. Mohammad Nazim
Date deposited: 08 Aug 2013 17:47
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:27


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