Information Use Pattern of Library Resources among Under Graduate Students of Rajalakshmi Institute of Technology, Chennai, Tamil Nadu: A Case StudyAuthor : C.Velmurugan and K. Thavamani
Volume 3 No.2 July-December 2013 pp 13-16
In this study, the purpose is to investigate the information use pattern of library resources and related issues among undergraduate (U.G) students of Rajalakshmi Institute of Technology (RIT) at Chennai. A total of 150 questionnaires were distributed but 120 were returned duly filled in. A structured questionnaire was designed for collecting data from the chosen sample group. The study covers the students undergoing their first year of engineering education from four departments and the study was limited to students from Rajalakshmi Institute of Technology (RIT), in Chennai. We examined and found that 97.5% of students were using library for study activities while 2.5% do not feel so. 65.83 % of students were using the text books as the most consulted source whereas 34.17 % were using Lecture Notes, Central Library and other sources. Majority (95.0%) of students were aware of search engines, while only 5.0% do not know what it means. 91.67% of students have
opined that ‘Google & Yahoo’ are the most sought after search engines they have used. Also, the results indicated that the library and its resources can be expected to be used by the coming day generations and they are eager to learn everything. The study was aimed at identifying the needs and the level of awareness
of the student community on networks such as internet and the like. A study based on the same topic among various colleges and universities and comparative study can be carried out. The data obtained were analyzed using Simple Percentile analysis to generate tables and to arrive at conclusion.
Library Resources, Academic library, User survey, Search engines, Digital library, Web resources