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User Acceptance of Web-Based Subscription Databases

Title: User Acceptance of Web-Based Subscription Databases: Extending the Technology Acceptance Model.
Name(s): Kim, Jong-Ae, author
Burnett, Kathleen, professor directing dissertation
Roberts, Rodney, outside committee member
Burke, Darrell, committee member
Burnett, Gary, committee member
Marty, Paul, committee member
School of Library and Information Studies, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2005
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The purpose of this study was to determine the factors affecting user acceptance of Web-based subscription databases. Considering the reported underutilization of Web-based subscription databases and the importance of promoting them, this study aimed to provide a better understanding of the determinants of user acceptance based on a well-established theoretical foundation. This study tested an integrated model of the antecedents and consequents of user beliefs toward intended use by extending TAM, which is one of the most prominent models used to explain the effects of users' internal beliefs and attitudes on their system usage behavior. This study employed a cross-sectional field study using a Web survey method. The study targeted undergraduate students who have experience using the databases provided by the University Libraries. A final sample of 121 responses was analyzed. The measurement model and the structural model were tested using Partial Least Squares. Overall, the research model was found to be effective in explaining user acceptance of Web-based subscription databases. The results of the data analysis showed that perceived usefulness had a stronger effect on user acceptance than ease of use, suggesting that user acceptance of Web-based subscription databases depends primarily on the utility they offer. Job relevance and result demonstrability showed positive effects on usefulness perceptions while output quality did not. The results indicated that user training did not have a significant effect on either usefulness or ease of use, calling for the need to re-examine the effectiveness of user training in the context of Web-based subscription databases. Terminology clarity and accessibility were found to be important determinants for ease of use of the databases. The results also suggested that although subjective norm does not directly affect intended use, it exerts a positive influence on user beliefs about the utility of Web-based subscription databases.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3054 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the College of Information in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2005.
Date of Defense: February 25, 2005.
Keywords: Online Databases, Use, Technology Acceptance Model, User Acceptance, Web-Based Subscription Databases
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Kathleen Burnett, Professor Directing Dissertation; Rodney Roberts, Outside Committee Member; Darrell Burke, Committee Member; Gary Burnett, Committee Member; Paul Marty, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Library science
Information science
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Kim, J. -A. (2005). User Acceptance of Web-Based Subscription Databases: Extending the Technology Acceptance Model. Retrieved from