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The Internet, Electronic Mail and the Academic Community in Ghana

M. Osei-Bonsu
2000 Libri  
Ghana's Internet industry is developing quickly due to private participation. Early attempts by academic and research institutions with foreign assistance aimed at promoting the use of e-mail in information provision and resource sharing. Since 1995 three Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have been providing different Internet services at varying rates to over 6,000 customers. Due to the high tariffs charged by the ISPs for full Internet connectivity, many Ghanaian scholars subscribe only to
more » ... ubscribe only to e-mail to communicate and interact with peo-ple. While full Internet access is preferable, the reality is that many academics and researchers in Ghana cannot meet the high cost. E-mail facilitates communication with colleagues, but can also be used as an interface to a range of Internet information retrieval utilities to obtain information and documents. This article describes briefly some Internet tools and services accessible by e-mail and to assist Ghanaian (and other) academics with only e-mail access in its use to retrieve information and documents from the Internet.
doi:10.1515/libr.2000.252 fatcat:eythodglnzchthhpdzlkmjt264