Using the technology acceptance model to investigate database usage in eLibraryHub
Raja Lakshmi Velayutham
Date of Issue2007
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
A study was carried out to investigate factors affecting database usage of eLibraryHub. The Technology Acceptance Model was used to study the various determinants of perceived usefulness and perceived ease of use of online databases which in turn affect the intentions to use and the actual usage of these databases. The results show that perceived usefulness and perceived ease of use significantly influenced intentions to use e-databases of eLibraryHub. Perceived ease of use did not significantly influence perceived usefulness. Perceived usefulness was significantly influenced by job relevance, output quality and result demonstrability. Perceived ease of use was significantly influenced by accessibility and terminology clarity. Computer self-efficacy was not found to have a significant effect on perceived ease of use. The general acceptance level of e-databases was high among users. The results suggest that the public will use the e-databases if they perceive it to be useful and easy to use. In order to increase the perceived usefulness of the e-databases, attention must be paid to suitability of content, quality of output and result demonstrability. In order to increase the ease of use perceptions of the e-databases, the e-databases must be made more accessible and terminology used must be improved.
DRNTU::Library and information science::Libraries::Digital libraries and information portals
Nanyang Technological University