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and engineering-related technical literature" (p. 13). The authors also felt "[the study]
may well also provide both a framework for longitudinal study of information use in
other disciplines and the indication of widespread need for training in information use
throughout professional careers" (p. 14).
Two English researchers (Swan and Brown, 1996) examined the difference in
information needs between academic and professionals in the business world. In both
areas, individuals needed access to "relevant, accurate and timely" information. In the
area of accessing information through the Intemrnet, their respondents felt that it was the
obligation of their respective parent institutions to provide them with access to
information via the Intemrnet without any charges for the access. "It seems that Intemrnet-
delivered information is perceived as 'institutionally-provided,' on a par with information
delivered to libraries on tape or CD-ROM and networked campus-wide" (p. 8).
Academics in developing countries do not enjoy the same level of access to
electronic resources as their counterparts in American universities. Research on their
information seeking habits usually involved the use of print related resources. Guha
(1994) studied the information seeking activities in six institutions of higher education in
Delhi, India. "The Indian scientific community has also been carrying forward the same
scientific tradition and hence have very similar information gathering/communication
behaviour" (pp. 101-102) as their counterparts in other universities around the world.
Their primary research sources were the traditional printed indexes and reference sources.
There was virtual no use of on-line databases and resources. Their preferred method of
keeping abreast of new developments was to "scan" tables of contents from the current
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