Paper Information

Journal:   JOURNAL OF ACADEMIC LIBRARIANSHIP AND INFORMATION RESEARCH   SPRING 2012 , Volume 46 , Number 59; Page(s) 59 To 81.
 
Paper: 

IDENTIFICATION OF FACTORS AFFECTING ACADEMIC USERS’ ACCEPTANCE OF WEB-BASED DATABASES: A GROUNDED-THEORY APPROACH

 
 
Author(s):  MAKKIZADEH FATEMEH, FARAJPAHLOU ABDOLHOSSEIN, OSAREH FARIDEH, SHEHNI YAILAGH MANIJEH
 
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Abstract: 

Objective: The present research attempts to identify key factors in acceptance of web-based databases by the academic users.
Method: Data was collected via 15 semi-structured interviews conducted with faculty members, graduate students and university officials. Once openly, axially and selectively coded, these data were analyzed using Grounded Theory Approach.
Findings: A central concept “Intent to use” was formed. This pertains to a person’s decision to use the databases available on campus for scholarly activities. Other categories included Skill/knowledge characteristics, Individual/professional characteristics, attitude, effectiveness, ease of access, carrying of duties and knowledge increase. University and libraries are among factors influencing acceptance of databases that affect intent to use both directly and indirectly.

 
Keyword(s): DATABASES, ACCEPTANCE, GROUNDED THEORY, ACADEMIC USERS
 
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