Use of Consortium of e-Resources in Agriculture (CeRA) in Directorate of Mushroom Research in the Year 2018: A Study

Reeta Bhatia


Consortium for e-Resources in Agriculture (popularly known as CeRA) is an e-Consortium of Agricultural Libraries under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research for National Agricultural Research and Education System (NARES) Libraries. Established in November 2007, the Consortium for e-Resources in Agriculture (CeRA) is the first of its kind for facilitating 24x7 online accesses of
select journals in agricultural and allied sciences to all researchers, teachers and students, policy planners, administrators and extension specialists in NARS through IP authentication. The 152 Consortium members consist of ICAR institutes/NRCs/Directorate/Project Directorates/National Bureau etc. and State Agricultural Universities. CeRA is now the most sought after online platform by
scientists/teachers in NARS for literature search for their professional pursuit. To put it in a nutshell, CeRA acts like a catalyst to enhance agricultural research, education and extension activities of NARS institution in achieving excellence and setting high standards in output and service to the society. After the completion of NAIP project, CeRA is entrusted to ICAR – DKMA from July 2014 onwards. This paper attempts to study the usage pattern of CeRA in ICAR-Directorate of Mushroom Research.

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