Paper Information

Journal:   JOURNAL OF EPISTEMOLOGY (LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY)   SUMMER 2010 , Volume 3 , Number 9; Page(s) 63 To 75.
 
Paper: 

DETERMINING THE INFORMATION NEEDS OF POST-GRADUATE STUDENTS AT BU-ALI SINA UNIVERSITY WITH EMPHASIS ON AVAILABLE ELECTRONIC DATABASES

 
 
Author(s):  LATIFI M., OSAREH F.
 
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Abstract: 

Purpose: The present research aimed to determine the information needs of post-graduate students at Bu-Ali Sina University located in Hamedan, with emphasis on available electronic databases (including Rose net and Daneshyar).
Methodology: The methodology was descriptive survey using a questionnaire, reliability of which was measured 0.85 based on Cronbach's alpha.
Findings: The results revealed that the most important goal of students when searching for data is to find background information for their research tasks and projects. The Science direct/Elsevier database ranks first (89.2%) as the most used electronic database by the students, while Springer, ISI, Scoups, Proquest, ACS, Oxford Journals, Emerald, ASME, Ebsco, ASCE, IOP, and AMS rank 2nd to 13th respectively.
Conclusions: The main obstacles of easy access to information are mentioned as: not enough knowledge of English language and the interruption of universities subscription in the case of some electronic databases.

 
Keyword(s): INFORMATION NEEDS, POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS, ELECTRONIC DATABASES, ROSE NET DIGITAL LIBRARY, DANESHYAR DATABASES, BU-ALI SINA UNIVERSITY, HAMEDAN
 
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