Utilization of Research Databases subscribed by the Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh

Amjad Ali


This paper aims at evaluatingthe usage of major research databases by researchers subscribed by the Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.The study is based on survey methodto know thefrequency of using the online databases, users’ opinion about the subscribed databases on satisfaction oftheir needs, importance of the subscribed databases in research work, continuation of subscribed databases and various difficulties being faced by researchers while accessingthe online databases.Investigators have administered a total of 150 questionnaires among researchers, out of which 100 were completed and returned back showing an overall response rate of 66.67%. The result of the study reveals that 42% of researchers use subscribed online databases weekly followed bydaily (40%), however, the major proportion of respondents (43%) strongly agree that the online databases subscribed by Maulana Azad Library fulfilled their needs and library should subscribe some more databases. Overall, 95% of researchers need some more databases other than the subscribed databases for their research work. Almost 99% researchers think that the library should continue the subscription of the four databases i.e. EBSCOHOST: Academic Search Complete, IndiaStat, ProQuest: Theses & Dissertations and Scopus.Lack of searching skills is reported as a main problem by 60% researchers in accessing and using online databases.In the end, the study has given some suggestions formaximum use of online databases subscribed in Aligarh MuslimUniversity, Aligarh.

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