Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln



The use of E-resources has become a way of life. Seeking nutrition information has been seen to be directly related to wellness. The objective of the study was to assess and ascertain the use of the Internet and digital information seeking among students and professionals. The study also aimed to assess the preference of allopathic therapy over home remedies among the respondents. 275 respondents- 155 students and 120 professionals residing in Chandigarh Tricity were assessed. A self-designed questionnaire with five items on a five-point scale was used to procure information. The results showed that respondents agreed that they searched information digitally. Following healthy tips showed a neutral to agreeing on response whereas whether libraries were visited received a neutral response. In comparison, it was seen that there was a statistical difference (p<0.01**) among seeking digital information among students and professionals. Use of the library for information seeking was higher among students (3.510± 1.32) than professionals (2.600± 1.19), p<0.01**. It can be inferred that respondents relied more on digital information rather than the use of libraries. The overall neutral response was seen for preference of allopathy over home remedies, but, professionals were seen to be more inclined towards home remedies (p<0.01**). A significant correlation was seen between the preference of medication and E-resources (p<0.01**). It can be concluded that students utilized both E-resources and libraries more than the professionals. Education plays an important role in choosing the type of medication. Thus, E-resources have gained more momentum as an information-seeking tool.