Information Behavior of Researchers of the National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram
The article analyses the information behavior of researchers of the National Institute for interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram. The population is made up of 160 researchers under various applied branches of Science. Census method of sampling is used to represent the entire population. Questionnaire method is used to collect the data. A total of 160 questionnaires were distributed and 122 respondents had filled and returned back. The data were analyzed using SPSS software. Researchers sought information for research work. Majority of the researchers obtain information from reading electronic journals. About forty researchers gave first preference to scientific-technical journals. In the case of informal sources 54 researchers gave first preference to consult a knowledgeable person in the field/supervisor for obtaining informal sources. Researchers obtained current information from conference/seminars, and through journals and periodicals. Majority of the researchers agreed that electronic dissemination of information affected their information gathering habits. Researchers rate abstracting and indexing services as excellent. Most of the researchers responded that library have adequate primary sources. About 34 researchers preferred the journal ‘Nature’, 64 researchers used ‘Science Direct’ database for their study, and only 7 researchers use ‘Sprinker Link’.