Importance of Formal and Informal Information Resources for Research Scholars: a case study of select departments of Panjab University
Everywhere throughout the world, there are two sorts of resources that influence information seeking behaviour of the research scholars. The above all else is formal source, which is a kind of source which is well planned and paid for example books, periodicals, research papers etc.The second source is informal which is a kind of source which is not pre-planned and non paid like reference groups, conferences etc. This research emphasizes that how formal and informal resources affect information seeking behaviour of the research scholars. For the research a sample of 120 students of different departments of Panjab University targeted from science and social science area. On the basis of their responses a simple analysis was conducted. Findings and results of the study show that both formal and informal resources have more influence on information seeking behaviour of the research scholars. Within the formal resources, research journals are the key factor which contributes more towards information seeking behaviour of both the groups. While in the case of an informal resource, reference group contributes more in comparison of other informal sources towards the same.