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ERIC Number: ED309771
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-16
Pages: 122
Abstractor: N/A
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Analysis of Graduate Student Research at Bowling Green State University.
Parrish, Marilyn M.
Conducted at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) to obtain a better understanding of the research environment in which graduate students function and their particular information needs, this study used a multi-methods approach which included analyses of library and graduate college data; interviews with graduate advisors of selected departments; a study of the syllabi of graduate courses; and a questionnaire sent to all graduate students (over 2,000). Examination of the data revealed that the graduate students at BGSU come from many different undergraduate institutions and are pursuing research in a wide range of subjects, many of them interdisciplinary. Most graduate students have to write at least one research paper each semester, and critical thinking, reading and writing well, and the application of their studies to real world problems are expected in most of their programs. Although most students have had prior experience with library research, they encountered difficulties with many parts of the research process and both graduate students and faculty needed more information about the library services available to them at BGSU. The vast majority of the students work at least part time and report problems with both time management and access to materials. The latter could be partially alleviated if each department and campus office frequented by graduate students had a terminal set up to access the library's online catalog (LS/2). An integrated reference/bibliographic network would also greatly aid graduate students and faculty in their efforts to conduct significant and timely research. Supporting data and a copy of the questionnaire are appended. (34 references) (BBM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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