Information Need and Use Pattern of the Faculty Members/ Doctors of the Homoeopathic and Ayurvedic Colleges: A Critical Review

Abstract

Author(s): Sunita S. Patil, Maranna O

This paper presents a narrative review of the existing literature from the past 21 years (1997-2018) that concentrate on the information use pattern of the faculty members of the Homoeopathic and Ayurvedic Colleges. The review examines the literature in three sub themes -1. The medical faculty information need and their types. 2. Information use pattern, type of resources used, time spend for searching, barriers while searching the information and their searching skills. 3. Use of ICT, use of electronic database and use of personal digital assistance. The review is broad ranging. Traditional methods of face to face communication and use of print resources were still given importance. Dr. S. R. Ranganathan’s structural model called APUPA ( Alienpenumbral-Umbral-Penumbral-Alien) has been used to collect the literature related to the topic.

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