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Use of Social Networking Sites by the Research Scholars: A Study of Guru Nanak Dev University

Library Herald Year : 2011, Volume : 49, Issue : 3 First page : ( 229) Last page : ( 241) Print ISSN : 0024-2292. Online ISSN : 0976-2469. Use of Social Networking Sites by the Research Scholars: A Study of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

Singh KP*, Senior Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator, Gill Malkeet Singh**, Ph.D Scholar Department of Library and Information Science, University of Delhi, Delhi (India). * Email id: singhkp_1972@yahoo.co.in; http://people.du.ac.in/~kpsingh/ ** Email id: gillmalkeetsingh@gmail.com Abstract The innovation in the Web applications and Internet Technology has brought new avatar of two way communication which is usually referred as web.2.0. The web 2.0 based applications such as wiki, blogs, RSS, SNSs, IMs, etc brings new paradigm shift in the e-communication and learning by the people of all age groups and genders in real time round the clock. The present study is an attempt to determine the use and effectiveness of such applications in education and research by the research scholars. The study conducted through a structured questionnaire administrated among the research scholars pursuing their research at GND University Amritsar. The study finds that majority of the respondents were found to be aware and making use of such applications in their research affairs and it was revealed from the study that Facebbok is the most popular SNS by all category of research scholars.

Keywords Social Networking Sites, ICT, Social Software, Web 2.0 application,Singh KP,Gill Malkeet Singh.

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