Collection of Electronic Information Resources in the University Libraries in West Bengal: A Study

  • Tapas Kumar Das Visva-Bharati University
Keywords: E-resources, Electronic Information Resources, University library, West Bengal

Abstract

Electronic Information Resources (EIRs) are supposed to have more potential for academic support in the university. Many university libraries are presently developing their library resources with substantial EIR collection like e-journals, e-books and databases through individually subscribing and/or purchasing and by accessing through different consortia along with their digitized resources created in-house. The experience of the study of the university libraries in West Bengal shows that, with the right combination of sufficient EIR collection and its delivering access, EIRs can be very helpful to the university library users in accessing required information. It is observed from this study that not all the university libraries in West Bengal have EIR collection yet. Chi square test also was applied to find out whether there was any relationship between category-wise (establishment year, type and location) distribution of the university libraries with respect to availability and non-availability of EIRs.

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