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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 141-145

Use of Library and e-Resources by the Indian Medical Researcher


1 Department of Pathology, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Physiology, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Date of Submission23-Mar-2021
Date of Acceptance25-Mar-2021
Date of Web Publication02-Jun-2021

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Dr. Padmini Thalanjeri
Department of Physiology, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/mgmj.mgmj_18_21

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  Abstract 

Research is an integral part of advancements in the field of medicine. Every medical professional including undergraduate and postgraduate students should undertake some research. An important requirement is an access to literature. Institutions and universities worldwide subscribe to e-resources that are made easily available to researchers. This study was done to learn about the usage of e-resources available in the library by medical researchers and reasons for (this is UK English we should be using) under-utilization across the globe and reasons for the same in our country. The most common reasons for under-utilization were technological factors like infrastructure and internet speed, followed by a lack of information and communication technology (ICT) knowledge by the users. Some other problems included library timings, power failure, viruses, and the attitude of the library staff.

Keywords: E-resources, library, medical researcher, under-utilization


How to cite this article:
Saldanha P, Thalanjeri P. Use of Library and e-Resources by the Indian Medical Researcher. MGM J Med Sci 2021;8:141-5

How to cite this URL:
Saldanha P, Thalanjeri P. Use of Library and e-Resources by the Indian Medical Researcher. MGM J Med Sci [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Sep 20];8:141-5. Available from: http://www.mgmjms.com/text.asp?2021/8/2/141/317444




  Introduction Top


Research is an integral part of advancements in various fields. Medical research forms a source for the knowledge bank utilized by the medical fraternity. Also, it has become a necessity in this era of “publish or perish.” Every medical professional must undertake some research. Access to literature is very important for research. All institutions and universities worldwide subscribe to various online databases and other e-resources that are made easily available to the researchers of the institution.

This study was undertaken to learn about the usage of e-resources available in the library by medical researchers and reasons for under-utilization across the globe and reasons for the same in our country.


  Materials and methods Top


The literature was searched through Pubmed & Google Scholar for the usage of e-resources in various institutions and universities in India.

The “Pubmed” search was done using limits of 10 years for full text and free full text. The search headings/phrases were modified according to the search results obtained. The term “Use of Library” yielded 1,03,104 results and the phrase, “Utilization of Library” gave 16,349 results. This was further narrowed down using “Utilization of Library services” which yielded 2186 results and the term “Utilization of e-resources” gave 1,406 search results. Using the phrases “Utilization of e-resources in the Library/ Underutilization of Library electronic resources” did not give any results, so the search heading was changed to “Utilization of Library electronic resources” which gave 121 results, of which only five were relevant to our study.

The “Google scholar” was searched for a period of 10 years. This also included articles from “Research Gate.” The phrase used was “Utilization of Library electronic resources” which provided 9,120 items, hence the phrase was changed to “Underutilization of library electronic resources,” which gave 656 results. Excluding studies from other countries, books, theses, case studies, general articles, and conference proceedings, 19 research articles from various parts of India were selected.


  Results Top


The various studies available in the literature included healthcare university students, both undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) students, including faculty and research scholars. The factors responsible for under-utilization can be grouped into technological and human factors. Technological factors include infrastructure of information and communication technology or ICT, including the number of computer terminals, ease of use, library website information, remote access, reliability, and speed of computer network. Other factors are computer competency and literacy among the users (knowledge of ICT and ability to browse and search relevant information), library support (technical knowledge and awareness among the staff, the attitude of the staff), and user attitudes.[1]

The studies done in different regions of India are shown in [Table 1]. The findings were categorized year-wise into region, user groups and the salient findings were listed. The most common reasons for under-utilization were technological factors like infrastructure and internet speed, followed by a lack of ICT knowledge by the users. Other problems included library timings, power failure, viruses, and the attitude of the library staff.
Table 1: Details of the studies from India

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  Discussion Top


One of the key roles of the Medical Graduate from India is to be a Researcher and a Life-Long Learner. The new Curriculum-Based Medical Education (CBME) aims to add electives to allow flexible learning options in the curriculum so that the UG gets exposure. This also provides an opportunity to do a project to enhance self-directed learning, critical thinking, and research abilities.

The library plays a huge role in shaping the young researcher. Information seeking is vital to research. It focusses on the interaction between the information seeker and information resources. There is a need to organize user workshops in educating and training on the various online information sources available, which is adequately supported by technology.

This will not only improve the knowledge of the users but also change their attitude and improve their skills in utilizing the available resources productively. The library thus plays a significant role in promoting the better use of information sources.[2]

The areas in which training needs to be imparted include using computers, searching Library catalogs, finding information on the internet and searching and using databases, accessing online journals, utilizing clinical information services, and evaluating electronic information.[26]


  Conclusion Top


Some of the common problems encountered were poor infrastructure, lack of relevant e-resources available in the area of study, lack of technical know-how both for the end-users and library staff, lack of assistance from library staff, and inconvenient library hours both in India as well as other countries. Further dissemination of appropriate utilization of library and e-resource literacy for medical researches is the need of the hour.

Financial support and sponsorship

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Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.



 
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