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Use of Electronic Journals by the Research Scholars of Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering, A.M.U. Aligarh: A Comparative Study. Monawwer Eqbal Librarian Integrated Academy Of Management Technology (INMANTEC) Ghaziabad â€“UP NACLIN, November 20-23, 2007. Statement of the Problem.
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Integrated Academy Of Management Technology (INMANTEC)
NACLIN, November 20-23, 2007
Statement of the Problem
The problem selected for the present study is entitled “Use of e-journals by the research scholars of Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering in AMU, Aligarh: A Comparative Study”.
Electronic Journals are very important source for the scientific research and development. E-journal are becoming vital to carry any meaning full research. This resource is widely used by R& D workers and other users of the libraries to carry out day-to-day qualitative research, education and knowledge.
In recent years, there has been a surge in the number of electronic journals available to libraries for their users to access. More titles are becoming available via publishers and subscription agents. There is a common view amongst librarians that libraries are forsaking traditional print resources in favor of electronic resources. With the application of IT, particularly Internet, there has been a shift in comparative growth from traditional print journals to electronic journals. Print journal refers to conventional print editions published and distributed as paper copies while online editions refer to journal editions available online through computer networks (Internet). The journal editions available online are called e-journals.
Aligarh Muslim University was established by the Act of Indian Parliament. It is located in the city of Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India. Aligarh Muslim University is a fully residential academic institution of International repute offering more than 250 Courses in traditional and modern branch of education. Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, a great reformist of his age felt the need for modern education, started a school as back as 1875 which later became a College under the title of Mohammadan Anglo Oriental College and finally Aligarh Muslim University in 1920.
Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology (ZHCET) is a prestigious and one of the best engineering college in India, affiliated with the Aligarh Muslim University.Its aims to provide a high quality, effective and efficient learning environment at all levels of higher education, which is internationally competitive and professionally relevant. The college is being considered as a center of excellence in the various fields of engineering & Technology. The College offers courses in Undergraduate as well as Postgraduate level. There are 8 academic departments associated:
· Department of Electronics Engineering
· Department of Computer Engineering
· Department of Electrical Engineering
· Department of Mechanical Engineering
· Department of Civil Engineering
· Department of Architecture
· Centre for Petroleum Studies
ZHCET have great resources, more than 1,500,000 books and journals etc. Apart from that all the departments have the facility of online subscription to desired journals through INDUST
Faculty of science is one of the oldest faculties of AMU. The Faculty provides research, postgraduate/ undergraduate program. It comprises various departments like Chemistry, Computer Science, Zoology, Botany Geology, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, and Operational Research. Each department has separate seminar library and have Internet facility for the benefit of researchers.
(i) The present study consists of only the e-journals users.
(ii) The geographical area is restricted in Faculty of Science and
Engineering AMU, Aligarh only.
Methodology has its own importance in scientific investigation, because objectivity in any research investigation cannot be obtained unless it is carried out in a very systematic and planned manner. Scientific investigation involves careful and proper adoption of research design, use of standardized tools and tests identifying adequate sample by using appropriate sampling techniques and procedures for collect data and then after careful tabulation, the use of appropriate statistical technique for analyzing the data
Tools Used for the Study
Questionnaire Method was used as the tool for the study for collecting data
Investigator visited Faculty of Science and Faculty
of Engineering AMU, Aligarh and approached the
research scholars to collect the necessary data.
Questionnaires were distributed to the research
scholars and filled questionnaires were collected
either on the spot or after two or three days
The data collected through questionnaires were organized, tabulated and interpreted by using simple statistical method. A total number of 140 questionnaire were distributed to the research scholars of Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering, out of which 100 questionnaire were distributed among the research scholars of Faculty of Science and 40 among the research scholars of faculty of Engineering in AMU, Aligarh out of which only 72 filled questionnaire in Faculty of Science and 28 filled questionnaire in Faculty of Engineering were received back by investigator, because of incomplete response from the respondents, only 68 filled questionnaire in faculty of science and 26 filled questionnaire in faculty of Engineering AMU, Aligarh were selected for the analysis and interpretation of data
15 Ways to make e-Journals facility efficient
Analysis highlight that to make e-Journals facility efficient 41.17% of FOS and 26. 92% of FOE respondents argue to make training programmes. 44.11% of FOS respondents and 11.53% of FOE respondents argue through cooperation from staff” 38.23% of FOS and 46.15% of FOE respondents emphasize on “To improve speed” where as 5.88% of FOS respondents and 3.84% of FOE respondents argue other facility to make e-journal facility efficient.
Most of the research scholars of Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering in AMU, Aligarh are aware of e-Journals.
It is clear from the survey that most of the research scholars in faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering are aware of e-Journals
So this hypothesis proved true.
The research scholars of faculty of Engineering are more aware than the research scholars of Faculty of Science.
It is clear from the result of the survey that faculty of Science research scholars are more aware of e-Journals than the Faculty of Engineering research scholars.
So this hypothesis proved null.
Most of the research scholars of faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering in A.M.U, Aligarh are not satisfied with the service of e-Journals related their subject/discipline.
It is clear from the results of survey that most of the research scholars of Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering are not satisfied with the e-Journals service related to their subject/discipline
So this hypothesis is proved null
Most of the research scholars of Faculty of Science and faculty of Engineering are facings problem while accessing e-Journals.
Table-14 shows that 75.23%of Faculty of Science and 73.7% of Faculty of Engineering research scholars are facing problems while accessing e-Journals such as lack of training, slow speed etc.
So this hypothesis is proved true.
Most of the research scholars of Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering are aware of UGC-INFONET consortium.
It is clear that 72.5% of Faculty of Science research scholars and 60.75% of Faculty of Engineering research scholars are aware of UGC-INFONET e-journal consortium.
So this hypothesis proved true.
Most of the research scholars of Faculty of science and Faculty of Engineering realize the need of user training.
It is clear that 63.23% of FOS and 65.38% of FOE research scholars realize the need of user training
So this hypothesis proved as true.