Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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Asemi, A. and Riyahiniya, N. 2007. Awareness and use of digital resources in the libraries of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Iran. The Electronic Library, Vol. 25, no.3: 316-327.

Borrego, A., Anglada, L., Barrios, M. and Comellas, N. 2007. Use and users of electronic journals at Catalan Universities: The results of a survey. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Vol.33, no.1: 67-75.

Dilek-Kayaoglu, H. 2008. Use of electronic journals by faculty at Istanbul University, Turkey: The results of a survey, The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Vol. 34, no.3: 239-47.

Emrani, E. 2007. From buying club to Consortium: A report of collective purchasing of print and electronic journals by universities affiliated to MSRT 2006-2007. Informology, Vol. 4, no. 3-4: 89-118.

Emrani, E., Moradi-Salari, A. and Jamali, H.R. 2010. Usage data, e-journal selection, and negotiations: An Iranian consortium experience. Serials Review, Vol. 36, no.2: 86-92.

Galyani Moghaddam, G. and Talawar, V.G. 2008. The use of scholarly electronic journals at the Indian Institute of Science: A case study in India. Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 36, no.1: 15–29.

Gupta, D.K. 2011. Use pattern of print and electronic journals at the Kurukshetra University, India. Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 45, no.2: 213–230.

Hayati, Z. and Jowkar,T. 2013. Familiarity and use of Ebsco, Proquest, ScienceDirect and Elsevier databases among postgraduates at Shiraz University. Quarterly journal on National Studies in Library and Information Organization, Vol. 93: 118-135.

Hadian Dehkordi, M. 2011. A national report of higher education, research and technology (2009-2010), Institute for Research and Planning in Higher Education, Tehran.

Islam, M. S. and Chowdhury, M. A. K. 2006. Organisation and management issues for electronic journals: A Bangladesh perspective. Malaysian Journal of Library & Information Science, Vol. 11, no. 1: 61-74. Available at:

Kurata, K., Mine, S., Morioka, T., Sakai, Y., Kato, S. and Ueda, S. 2009. Reading and information seeking behavior of Japanese medical researchers in the era of the electronic journal and open access. (Japanese), Library & Information Science, Vol. 61: 59-90.

Monopoli, M., Nicholas, D., Georgiou, P. and Korfitai, M. 2002. A user-oriented evaluation of digital libraries: Case study of electronic journals' service of the library and information service of the University of Patras, Greece. ASLIB Proceedings, Vol. 54, no.2: 103-117.

Nemati Anaraki, L. and Babalhavaeji, F. 2013. Investigating the awareness and ability of medical students in using electronic resources of the integrated digital library portal of Iran: A comparative study. The Electronic Library, Vol. 31, no.1: 70–83.

Nikkar, M. and Mooghali, A.R. 2010. Investigating the electronic journals' status in comparison with printed journals among the faculty members of Payam-e-Noor University: A study. International Journal of Information Science & Management, Vol. 8, no.1: 83-105.

Nisha, F. and Naushad Ali, P.M. 2013. Awareness and use of e-journals by IIT Delhi and Delhi University library users. Collection Building, Vol. 32, no. 2: 57–64.

Obst, O. 2003. Patterns and costs of printed and online journal usage. Health Information and Libraries Journal, Vol. 20, no.1: 22–32.

Rajabi, A. 2009. A study of e-journals online databases at Emam Sadeq University. Payam-e- Ketabkaneh, Vol. 15, no.2: 193-216.

Rogers, S.A. 2001. Electronic journal usage at Ohio State University. College & Research Libraries, Vol. 62, no. 1: 25-34.

Salmani Nodushan, E., Hoseini Nasab, D. and Shokraneh Nanehkaran, F. 2008. Usage of subscribed databases by faculty members of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences. Health Information Management, Vol. 5, no. 1: 27-32.

Sharma, C. 2009. Use and impact of e-resources at Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (India): A case study. Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship, Vol. 10, no. 1. Available at:

Talja, S. and Maula, H. 2003. Reasons for the use and non-use of electronic journals and databases: A domain analytic study in four scholarly disciplines. Journal of Documentation, Vol. 59, no.6: 673–691.

Tenopir, C., Wilson, C., Vakkari, P., Talja, S. and King, D.W. 2008. Scholarly e-reading patterns in Australia, Finland, and the United States: A cross country comparison. Paper presented at the World Library and Information Congress: 74th IFLA general Conference and Council, 10-14 August 2008, at Québec, Canada. Available at:

Tomney, H. and Burton, P.F. 1998. Electronic journals: A study of usage and attitudes among academics. Journal of Information Science, Vol. 24, no.6: 419–29.

Vakkari, P. and Talja, S. 2006. Searching for electronic journal articles to support academic tasks. A case study of the use of the Finnish National Electronic Library (FinELib). Information Research, Vol. 12, no.1. Available at:

Voorbij, H. and Ongering, H. 2006. The use of electronic journals by Dutch researchers: A descriptive and exploratory study. Journal of Academic Librarianship, Vol. 32, no.3: 223-237.

Wolf, M. 2001. Electronic journals – use, evaluation and policy. Information Services & Use, Vol. 21, no.3: 249–261.


Today, e-journals play a significant role in meeting information needs of scholars. On the other hand, each year publishers demand higher costs for e-journals subscription. Librarians seek ways to assess the use of e-journals in order to determine how well they meet users' needs and to justify increases in budget for e-journals acquisition. This study aimed to assess accessibility and use of e-journals by the research scholars at top ten university libraries affiliated to the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology (MSRT) in Iran. Questionnaire was adopted for data collection and a total of 1380 research scholars participated in this study. It was found that the level of e-journals accessibility at university libraries affiliated to the MSRT in Iran was high. A great majority of research scholars were aware of e-journals at their libraries. Further, e-journals had been used more than medium level. Although research scholars belonging to Basic Sciences were known as the heaviest e-journals users, available e-journals met their information needs less than the other disciplines. The study suggested that the provision of e-journals have to be maintained and continued by Iranian university libraries concerning users’ preferences and characteristics especially users’ discipline.