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Original Article
Year :  |  Volume : 7   |  Issue :1   |  Page :18-21  

S. Renuka, Deepa Gurunathan

Correspondence Address:1 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Poonamallee, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Source of Support: None , Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2231-4040.197331

How to cite this article:

Renuka S, Gurunathan D. Usage of internet for academic purposes by undergraduate students. J Adv Pharm Edu Res 2017;7(1):18-21.

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Internet provides a wide range of information which helps in increasing the knowledge of the people. It is also used most commonly for easy communication. People are well familiar to access easily on the internet for social, educational, and entertainment purposes.[1] The present generation is well updated in the use of internet and computer. The rapid development in computer technology and increase in accessibility and availability of internet for academic purposes changed the study and practices, environments in much educational management. In addition, internet is used as a tool to know about the newly updated information to increase the knowledge of the people. At present, many universities have been implementing internet-based learning to increase the academic knowledge of the students. Internet-based learning comprises communication, interactivity, displaying images, electronic records and databases, digital imaging,[2] exposure to new information, and better understanding of the concept. Hence, it increases the academic performance of the students than conventional teaching methods. Internet facilities in many universities have been increased because the usage of internet by the students for wide variety of academic purposes also increased.[3] Undergraduates who are grown in the digital age are highly exposed to internet usage from childhood, and they are more focused toward the lectures which are highly engaged with the digital media and resources.[4] Internet provides a wide variety of references and information for academic works as well as scientific researches. Internet is potentially an excellent medium for teaching and learning.[5] Undergraduates use internet as academic sources or references to complete their assignments and project works.[4] Besides academic purposes, internet plays an important role in communication for academic purposes and personal uses. Communication websites for communication are Gmail, Facebook, WhatsApp, etc. Undergraduate student use these websites to communicate with their friends and professors. Although the personal usage of internet seems to be increased than the usage of internet for academic purposes, the use of internet for academic research is much greater than personal use. Hence, this study aims comparatively to evaluate the internet usage for academic purposes by the undergraduate students and to aware the students about the pros and cons of over usage of internet in turn to motivate them to use internet more for their academic purposes.

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Approval for conducting the study was obtained from the Institutional Review Board. This prospective observational study was conducted for 1 month (December 2016). A total of 200 questionnaires were distributed to the undergraduate students and the response was by 150 students. The questionnaire included queries regarding knowledge of usage of computer and internet (Table 1-5). 

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