Annals of Library and Information Studies

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VOLUME 54

NUMBER 4

DECEMBER 2007

 

 

ISSN: 0972-5423

 

CONTENTS

 

Journal citations in Physics doctoral dissertations of Indian Institute of Science

       K. G. Sudhier Pillai                                                                                                       177

 

Career guidance through libraries in higher educational institutions

       T.M. Moly                                                                                                                    185

 

Information use by economists: A study

       S.M. Pujar and  S.L. Sangam                                                                                        190

 

Literature on hepatitis (1984-2003): A bibliometric analysis

       J. Ramakrishnan and B. Ramesh Babu                                                                           195

 

Internet as a source of information: A survey of Ph.D Scholars

       Shashi Kant Khare, Neelam Thapa and K.C. Sahoo                                                      201

 

Journal of Food Science and Technology: A bibliometric study

       K.R.Vijay and I. Raghavan                                                                                            207

 

Information seeking behaviour of agricultural scientists with particular reference

to their information seeking strategies

      K. P. Singh and M. P. Satija                                                                                           213

 


Annals of Library and Information Studies 
Vol. 54, December 2007, pp. 177-184

 

Journal citations in Physics doctoral dissertations of
Indian Institute of Science

 

K. G. Sudhier Pillai

 

Librarian, Department of Communication & Journalism, University of Kerala, Kariavattom Campus, Thiruvananthapuram – 695 581, Kerala, E-mail: kgsudhier@gmail.com

 

Results of a citation study comprising 690 journals containing 11, 412 references collected from 71 doctoral theses awarded by the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore during 1999-2003. It was observed that journals are the most frequently cited bibliographic form of citations and it amounts 84.67% of the total citations. The journals most preferred by the Physicists in their theses were Physical Review-B with 9.53% citations, followed by Physical Review-A and Astrophysical Journal. The IF of journals ranges from 32.771 to 1.072. Physicists cite only 16 Indian journals and Pramana is the top ranked Indian journal. USA is the leading country of journal publication and English is the prime language of journals. Monthlies were cited more and Elsevier Science was the leading journal publisher. Half-life of journal citations was found to be 10 years and the mean year of journals was 14.19. 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies 
Vol. 54, December, pp. 185-189

 

Career guidance through libraries in higher educational institutions

 

T.M. Moly

 

Lecturer, Department of Library & Information Science, St. Theresa’s Autonomous College for Women, Eluru, Email: molly_tm@yahoo.com

 

In the contemporary society a young person is in need of skills like the ability to communicate and get along with people and the ability to think ahead besides acquiring academic qualifications.  The career life planning process empowers students to choose right career, as well as acquire skills and sharpen capabilities to acquire and manage the chosen career.  Modern libraries should look out for new methods of serving the users in a better way. This paper highlights the role of libraries in providing career information services to college students. It discusses different methods to be used by the libraries to disseminate career information. The importance of providing Internet services to career seekers is also highlighted.  An attempt has made to identify some of the problems faced by the libraries in providing qualitative career information services to its users and few suggestions are made to improve career information services in libraries.  

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies
Vol. 54, December, pp. 190-194

 

Information use by economists: A study

 

S.M. Pujara and  S.L. Sangamb

 

aUniversity Librarian, Shivaji University, Vidyanagar, Kolhapur-416 004, Maharashtra, E-mail: smp_lib@unishivaji.ac.in

bProfessor, Department of Library and Information Science, Karnatak University, Dharwad-580 003,
E-mail: slsangam@yahoo.com

 

Discusses the information use pattern of Indian economists in the present Internet era. Highlights the use of various types of resources, including institutional resources and role of NASSDOC in providing various services to social scientists

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies 
Vol. 54, December 2007, pp. 195-200

 

Literature on hepatitis (1984-2003): A bibliometric analysis

 

J. Ramakrishnana and B. Ramesh Babub

 

aAssistant Librarian, Regional Medical Library, TN Dr. MGR Medical University, Guindy, Chennai 600 032.,
E-mail: dhanaram@yahoo.com

bProfessor, Department of Information Science, University of Madras, Chepauk, Chennai 600 005, E-mail: beeraka_r@yahoo.co.uk

 

This paper presents a bibliometric analysis of the literature output in the field of Hepatitis covered in three bibliographic databases namely MEDLINE, CINAHL and IPA. The literature covered in three databases for the period 1984-2003 was considered. MEDLINE covered the maximum of 75750 records during the study period, i.e., 1984 to 2003. This is followed by CINAHL and IPA databases. There are total numbers of 82617 records in three databases in the field of hepatitis during the study period. The total number of duplicate records among the three databases is 3305 (4%). Total number of records after removing duplicate records is 79312 (96%). One-third of the citations indexed with the term ‘hepatitis’ for the period of this study have more than five (32.91%) authors. 85.17% of the total contributions are tending to be collaborative research with different degrees of collaborations ranging from 0.82 to 0.86. The collaborative research tends to be more in the field of Hepatitis.

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies 
Vol. 54, December, pp. 201-206

 

Internet as a source of information: A survey of Ph.D Scholars

 

Shashi Kant Kharea, Neelam Thapab and K.C. Sahooc

aFormer student of M.L.I.Sc., bLecturer and cProfessor and Head

Department of Library and Information Science, Dr. Harisingh Gour University, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh

 

The article attempts to report the findings of a survey conducted to study the pattern of Internet use; satisfaction with the search results and the Internet services; and reasons of non-use of Internet by the Ph.D. scholars of Dr. H.S. Gour University, Sagar, M.P. The findings show that the rate of Internet use is more in research scholars of Science, Life Sciences, Engineering, Technology and Management faculties as compared to the faculties of Arts, Social Sciences, Law, Education and Commerce. Among the non-users of Internet, the number of female research scholars is more as compared to male. The research scholars use Internet for research purpose, entertainment as well as for job search.

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies 
Vol. 54, December, pp. 207-212

 

Journal of Food Science and Technology: A bibliometric study

 

K.R.Vijaya and I. Raghavanb
aScientist, Defence Food Research Laboratory, Siddharthanagar, Mysore – 570011, E-mail: krv_56@indiatimes.com

bTechnical Officer, NICFOS, Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore – 570006

 

Bibliometric analysis of 779 articles published, along with citations in five volumes 37(2000) to 41(2004) has been carried out. A similar study was also carried out for the maiden volume of the same journal for the year 1964. The number of contributions and their distribution in different volumes, authorship pattern, foreign and Indian authored contributions, institution wise contribution, citations, types of publications cited, geographical distribution of contributions national and International as well as physical growth of the journal have been studied.  Results indicated an increase in the number of contributions in successive volumes with India being the major contributor both in the maiden volume as well as in the five volumes studied. The highest number of contributions is by the joint authors (two). The growth and popularity of the journal is showing a steady upward trend, though contributions from the developed nations form only 15% of the total.

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies 
Vol. 54, December, pp. 213-220

 

Information seeking behaviour of agricultural scientists with particular reference to their information seeking strategies

 

K. P. Singha and M. P. Satijab

aSenior Lecturer, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Delhi,
Email: singhkp_1972@yahoo.co.in; kpsingh@libinfosci.du.ac.in

bProfessor and Head, Department of Library and Information Science, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar (Punjab), Email: satija_mp@yahoo.com

 

 

The paper is an outcome of the research study conducted by the authors on information seeking behaviour of agricultural scientists working in the ICAR institutions of Delhi and Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.  Data has been collected through the structured questionnaire and analyzed with the help of latest version of MS-Excel for appropriate statistical procedures for the description (i.e., frequencies, percentage, means, and standard deviations, etc).  Study discusses the findings of various strategies and procedures adopted by the agriculture scientists in meeting their information requirements.  The agriculture scientists were asked to ranks the information sources in on the basis of I, II, and III in the order of priority.  The survey result shows that agriculture scientists have expressed great dependence in meeting their information requirements on their institutional library/information centre. The Library/Information Centre is the most preferred source (72.05%) of the respondents for all categories of agriculture scientists. On the other hand for accessing information, agriculture scientists highly depend on the library collection, followed by the personal collection, collection of their supervisor and of their colleagues.