Digital libraries (internet resources) of Ph.D. dissertations and theses and its impact among the aerospace scientists and engineers of Bangalore

Guruprasad, R and Marimuthu, P (2013) Digital libraries (internet resources) of Ph.D. dissertations and theses and its impact among the aerospace scientists and engineers of Bangalore. DISCOVERY SCIENCE, 4 (10). pp. 4-8. ISSN 2278-5485, EISSN: 2278-5477

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    Abstract

    In today’s ‘Information Society’, e-resources have become an accepted means of information source. They are quickly becoming more and more important in today’s world in view of the fact that, they are: (a) more up-to-date, (b) accessed almost anywhere and most importantly crossing all time zones and geographical boundaries. These e-resources add enormous value while conducting R&D activities. These resources, especially in context with special libraries are making a great impact and important contribution as part of the library collection and information dissemination, One such important eresource which aids as an important tool ‘Information Dissemination Channel’ are the Digital Libraries. In other words, Digital libraries are ‘scholarly communication transmission channels’ of making educational and research data and information available to faculty, researchers, students, and others at various institutions and worldwide. Today, in the Internet era, the conventional and long-established methodologies of collecting, storing, processing, accessing and retrieving information have undergone a paradigm shift due to the arrival and growth of (a) virtual libraries, (b) digital libraries, (c) online databases, last but not the least, (d) library and information networks. Today these digital technologies, combined with the exponential growth of telecommunication infrastructure and Internet connectivity can now be merged together resulting in a digital library. A few other authors opine that the rate of innovation that is occurring in the field of digital libraries and electronic publishing has been recognized as an obligation for action by several learned societies. A research survey was undertaken to ascertain the ‘Most Frequently Referred Digital Libraries of Ph.D. Dissertations and Theses’ amongst the aerospace scientists and engineers of the 16 selected aerospace organizations of Bangalore. The major findings that the authors would like to report in this study are: (a) Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) was applied for testing the significant difference among the 16 mean scores attained for the ‘Most Frequently Referred Digital Libraries of Ph.D. Dissertations and Theses’. It is observed that all the 16 aerospace organizations show a significant difference (P < 0.05) in their mean scores viz., ‘The University of Texas at Arlington, Aerodynamics Research Center (http://arc.uta.edu/publications/ td.htm)’ ‘DSpace at IIT Bombay (http://dspace.library.iitb.ac.in/dspace)’ ‘Digital Repository at University of Maryland (DRUM) (https://drum.umd.edu/ dspace)’, ‘Scholarly Materials and Research at Georgia Tech, School of Aerospace Engineering (http://smartech.gatech.edu/handle), ‘University of Florida, George A Smathers Library (http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/etd.html)’, Jamesworth Bagley College of Engineering, Mississippi State University (http://www.ae.msstate.edu/site/pages/online_thesis.php), ‘Cornell University Library (http://astech.library.cornell.edu/ast/engr/find/Theses-and- Dissertations.cfm), ‘University of Missouri Columbia (http://edt.missouri.edu/archive.php?degreeprogram : Mechanical+%26+Aerospace+Engineering)’, ‘DSpace Collection, Wichita State University (http://soar.wichita.edu/dspace)’, ‘Oklahoma State University, theses and dissertations (http://www. mesonet.org/bibliography/theses_diss.php), ‘University of Houston (http://www.egr.uh.edu/me/graduate/aerospace/), ‘University of Buffalo (http://www.mae.buffalo.edu/academics/graduate/manual/doctorates/’, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (http://www.cenlib.iitm.ac.in/docs/library/ index.php?page: theses), ‘Networked Digital Libraries of Thesis and Dissertation (http://www.ndltd.org/browse), ‘Ohio Link Electronic Thesis and Dissertations Center (http://www.ohiolink.edu/etd/)’, ‘University of Helsinki (http://ethesis.helsinki.fi/en/)’, ‘Indian thesis database: Vidyanidhi Digital Library, Mysore (www.vidyanidhi.org.in)’ and ‘Any other’.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Additional Information: First Indian Research Study on 'Use Patterns of Electronic Information Resources Among the Aerospace Scientists and Engineers of Bangalore'
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Digital Libraries, Ph.D. Dissertations and Theses, Electronic Information Resources, Use Patterns, Aerospace Scientists and Engineers, Bangalore.
    Subjects: AERONAUTICS > Aeronautics (General)
    SOCIAL AND INFORMATION SCIENCES > Documentation and Information Science
    Division/Department: Knowledge & Technology Management Division, Other
    Depositing User: Dr Ramachandran Guruprasad
    Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2013 15:46
    Last Modified: 05 Apr 2013 12:16
    URI: http://nal-ir.nal.res.in/id/eprint/11578

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