Accessing Electronic - Information Sources: moving from print to e- resources? By Felistas C. Ratanya
Brief overview1. Introduction2. Electronic Information Resources3. E-journals And Academic institutions4. Use of e-resources5. Accessing e-journals and electronic books6. Conclusion
1. Introduction Technology is creating new publishing media and today’s collections have to adapt to not only holding print but also electronic sources of academic information. All too often, academic and student users are either unaware of what is available to them, uncertain of its use and value, or unable to find their way to and into the resources provided for them. The range of electronic sources now available to researchers and students alike is dizzyingly wide, and they can be confusing and complex to identify and locate, with so many publishers, aggregators, portals and databases.
Cont.. Today we realize that academic institutions increasingly subscribes to a vast amount of information that is not available by simply searching the Web. This includes essential information that you will be expected to refer to in your essays, dissertations and research.
What is an ‘electronic library resource’?Any library or information resource that can be accessed via computer, e.g.2. Electronic journals Full-text—whole journal available Electronic version of print Electronic only Examples at www3.oup.co.uk/jnls/EXAMPLESAlso e-books, reports, magazines, grey literature
Cont.. E-journals provide access to’ full text’ of individual or collected journals of various subjects. Some are freely available but others require subscriptions through parent organisations/individuals.Ex. Most public universities are members of the African universities corsotia -share and access e- resources through subscription.
5. Use of e-resources in Academic institutions Use of e-resources outside library Off campus 26% 27% In library 47%
6. Accessing e-journals Upon logging in (to internet browser-fire fox, moxiler, internet explorer), click on the database link or e- Journal title to gain access. - Ensure an Internet connection has been established. - You will be prompted with a login upon clicking on a database link or an e-Journal link. (See example) -http:www.journals.uchicago.edu/
ELECTRONIC BOOKS Definition; An eBook is an electronic version of a traditional print book that can be downloaded or directley viewed on a computer.Ex. Google books, ebooks on subscription etc.SPRINGERLINK.COM
10. Conclusion Academic and research institutions in the 21st century will continue to acquire, organize and preserve academic information- irrespective of the disciplines Completing the transition from print and electronic resources will allow students across levels repurpose themselves towards accessing information online not withstanding the challenges of the emergence of new technologies.