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ONLINE INFORMATION LITERACY OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH SCHOLARS

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Author(s): Dr Fayaz Ahmad Loan

Journal: International Journal of Digital Library Services
ISSN 2250-1142

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2012;
Original page

ABSTRACT
Information is cornerstone of research. The research scholars were solely dependable on librarycollection for satisfying their research needs before the birth of the Internet. However, with theintroduction of the online sources, there are evidences of departure from total reliance on printcollection to the online information. This online information is stored in various digital archives;available in many formats and retrieved through different search tools by applying varioussearch techniques. The scholars need to be literate about these digital archives, formats andsearch tools and techniques. The present study was conducted to how far the social sciencescholars’ are aware and make use of online sources, search tools and techniques. The study wasconducted on social science scholars of the University of Kashmir, Jammu & Kashmir, Indiacarrying the M.Phil. & Ph.D. research programmes. The survey method was applied to conductthe study and questionnaire was used as a data collection tool. The results reveal that majority ofthe scholars are aware and make use of search engines and OPACs whereas majority of themaren’t aware of other search facilities like gateways (subject/regional), directories, meta-search engines and deep Web search tools. The findings also depict that excluding phrase searching, all the scholars aren’t aware and make use other search techniques like field searching, keyword searching, Boolean Operators and truncation methods. The findings also reveal that majority of the scholars are aware and highly make use of JSTOR, JCCC/UGC Consortium and Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) respectively whereas other sources like Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR), Project Muse, Questia, Ebrary, EBSCOHOST aren’t used adequately due to illiteracy. At the end the suggestions are recommended to enhance online searching skills of the scholars.
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