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ERIC Number: ED405006
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 14
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The Library Research Attitudes of Undergraduates: Development of a Foundation for Future Studies.
Hurley, Marlene M.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationships between age, college major, and the perceived library research attitudes of undergraduates. Subjects were students enrolled in a freshman level library research course at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh. Surveys were administered to 703 students in the fall and spring of 1994-95. The attitude variables examined were: persistence (ability to complete research); attentiveness (ability to pay attention to research details); evaluativeness (ability to be skeptical of information sources and to evaluate sources); patience (ability to devote time and labor to research); and topic interest (possessing a preference for topics of personal interest). The independent variables in this study were: college major (science, business, education, social science, humanities, and nursing and allied health), and age (under 26, or over 25). Multivariate analysis of variance was used to determine a significant difference by age on the attitude construct. Results indicate that no significant interaction exists between age and college major on library research attitude. Age, however, was found to be significantly related to library research attitude. Three tables show the intercorrelation between aspects of attitude; multivariate analysis of variance for library research attitude; and library research attitude: agreement by age. (Contains 11 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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