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Year : 2016, Volume : 6, Issue : 2
First page : ( 93) Last page : ( 104)
Print ISSN : 2277-7938. Online ISSN : 2277-7946. Published online : 2016 October 1.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2277-7946.2016.00008.5

Understanding the Factors Related to Digital Literacy: A Survey among Science-Research Scholars of University of Kerala

Bibina C.B.1,**, Kabir Humayoon2,*

1P.G. Student, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram-695034, Kerala, India

2Head, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram-695034, Kerala, India

*Email id: *humayoonkabirs@gmail.com

**bibina.cb92@gmail.com

Abstract

The paper deals with the digital literacy of science-research scholars of University of Kerala. For the purpose of data collection, questionnaires were administered among science-research scholars of University of Kerala. The findings reveal that a great majority of the respondents are familiar with web portal, online databases, digital library/archives, open access e-books/e-journals and search engines. Majority of them have awareness about Google Scholar and web 2.0 based services. A good percentage of the respondents used desktop, laptop and smartphone for internet access. All respondents browse internet daily. They are in need of digital-literacy programmes. The constraints faced by the science-research scholars while using digital information resources were identified and recommendations put forwarded.

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Keywords

Digital literacy, Information literacy, Web-based services, Online-information resources, cience-research scholars, University of Kerala, Hardware, Digital-literacy training programmes.

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