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Title: The awareness, access and usage of electronic journals among academic staff in KNUST
Authors: Nunoo, Francis Kofi Nimo
Issue Date: 4-Aug-2014
Abstract: The escalating prices of printed journals and the dwindling resources of many libraries have forced libraries across the globe, to take a reflect on how to stay abreast of time. The introduction of electronic journals provided an avenue for the restocking of periodicals by many libraries. This phenomenon has however provided an avenue for studies to be conducted around the globe to investigate the perception, reaction and use of these electronic materials among scholars. It was in this light that this study was situated. The study sought to access the level of awareness, access, usage and challenges users of electronic journals (academic staff) faced. The study reviewed literature relating to the definition of electronic journal, its historical development and elaborated on various studies aimed specifically at faculties across the world. The study was quantitative in design. A questionnaire was used to collect primary data from academic staff from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). The survey yielded 109 usable questionnaires, with a response rate of 49%. The study showed a high level of awareness of the existence of electronic journals on the Internet, as well as electronic journal services provided by the University by the respondents. Majority of respondents used these electronic materials mainly in writing articles for publication. Issues of slow Internet speed and the frequent electrical power outages on campus were some of the challenges hindering usage of electronic journals.
Description: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Publishing Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Art Publishing, 2012
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/6237
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