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Indian Journal of Library and Information Science

Volume  3, Issue 1, January - April 2009, Pages 41-49


Original Article

Reading Habits in the Information Technology Era: A Study of B.Ed Students
*Sanjay K Kaushik, **Pankaj Bhardwaj
*Assistant Librarian (Selection Grade), Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak-124001 **Librarian, RDS Public Girls College, Rewari, Haryana
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The present paper is an output of a study carried out to know reading habits of Bachelor of Education students. The structured questionnaire is used to obtain the data from the selected sample. The results shows that three fourth of respondents read newspaper daily and 13.9% respondents read newspaper occasionally. Only 10.2% respondents read magazines daily and 43.5% read these occasionally. About half of the respondents (48.1%) read general magazines whereas 44.4% respondents read magazines relating to various Competitions. As much as 50.9% respondents read competitions books and 30.6% read fiction/ poetry books. A thumping majority of respondents (70.4%) read for knowledge and 15.7% read for Information. More than one third (39.8%) respondents frequently use their institutional library and 29.6% respondents occasionally use their institutional library. The respondents with more %age of marks in the Matric read according to a scheduled time plan as compared to the students who scored less percentage of marks in 10th. The female respondents have been found devoting more time for studies during the exams days as compared to the male respondents. The chisquare value of Gender X Frequency of use of internet is 11.853, degree of freedom is 3 and P is .008, which shows a high significant difference. More than three fourth i.e. 76.9% respondents’ favorite search engine is Google and 18.5% respondents prefer Yahoo as search engine. 

Keywords Information Technology, Reading Habits, Users’ Survey.

Corresponding Author : *Sanjay K Kaushik