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Title:Scholarly Use of Internet-Based Electronic Resources
Author(s):Zhang, Yin
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Estabrook, Leigh S.
Department / Program:Library and Information Science
Discipline:Library and Information Science
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Information Science
Abstract:The longitudinal analysis of e-source citations shows that there has been a notable increase in the number and proportion of authors who cite e-sources in their research papers over the past eight years, although at the time of this study, e-sources were still cited much less frequently than print sources. This result provides empirical evidence that e-sources are increasingly used among scholars. Complementing the citation data, the results from the author survey show that e-sources are becoming an important component in scholars' research and are serving a wide range of purposes and functions. The number of access points and self-perceived overall ability to use the Internet are identified as the two significant variables affecting frequency of e-source use. Scholars with more access points to e-sources or with a higher self-perceived overall ability to use the Internet tend to use e-sources more frequently. The results of this study also suggest that a limited number of criteria can be implemented in practice for scholars to evaluate electronic sources and systems. When citing e-sources, scholars consider some factors that are unique to e-sources in addition to the factors they consider for print sources. While the advantages of e-sources promote citing, some drawbacks of e-sources at this stage serve as a barrier. The survey of editors reveals a lack of clearly stated editorial policies regarding citing e-sources. The major problems and concerns reported by scholars regarding using e-sources are summarized. The theoretical implications and practical applications of the findings are discussed.
Issue Date:1999
Description:181 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9953186
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1999

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