Online Retrieval Database Systems

Topics: Academic degree, Information retrieval, Library science Pages: 78 (19401 words) Published: October 4, 2013

Is the online retrieval database system of information on EBSCOhost at the College of The Bahamas Library adequate for student research?

A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Master of Science degree in Information and Library Science.


Special thanks go out to the staff and students of the College of The Bahamas Library for co-operating with the survey and assisting in the completion of this study. Extra special thanks goes to , for guiding and critiquing the drafts of the study and the final copy.

This research project was designed to examine the availability, use and access to online databases via Ebscohost at the College of The Bahamas. The research sought to explore the availability and dissemination of quality information to college students as it is contained in the twenty databases represented in the Ebscohost prescribed set of databases. The focus was on a framework of online journal databases containing high quality, in most cases, peer reviewed articles. One of the aims was to discover how efficiently and easily students could retrieve pertinent information. The research focused on the approximately three hundred students who frequent the library on a daily basis. A sample group of twenty students were personally interviewed. Also, sixty questionnaires were hand delivered to students in the “Internet Café”. Thirty five completed questionnaires were returned. (58%) The interviews revealed, from verbal and nonverbal responses, that students were not favourably drawn to the ebscohost databases because the interface was not very user friendly. The questionnaire responses also displayed a lack of popularity for the databases’ seemingly complicated interface. Observations were also made of students requesting online search assistance at the reference desk. These observations uncovered the fact that many of the students had difficulty with using the databases due to their own lack of information literacy skills.

Acknowledgements ii
Abstract iii Contents iv Figures vii Tables viii Chapter One

1.1 Background 1 1.2 Rationale 8 1.3 Scope and Limitation of the Study 9 1.4 Aims and Objectives 9 1.5 Structure of the Dissertation 10 1.6 Analysis of the College’s History & Growth 11 Chapter 2

2.1 Literature Search 2.1.1 Introduction 13 2.1.2 Information Filtering Systems 13 2.1.3 Clinical Databases 14 2.1.4 Institutional Repositories 14 2.1.5 Dissemination & Preservation of Information 14 2.1.6 Information Literacy 15

2.2 Literature Review 2.2.1 Introduction 15 2.2.2 Information Filtering Systems...
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