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ERIC Number: EJ1066497
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0870
Commercial Database Design vs. Library Terminology Comprehension: Why Do Students Print Abstracts Instead of Full-Text Articles?
Imler, Bonnie; Eichelberger, Michelle
College & Research Libraries, v75 n3 p284-297 May 2014
When asked to print the full text of an article, many undergraduate college students print the abstract instead of the full text. This study seeks to determine the underlying cause(s) of this confusion. In this quantitative study, participants (n = 40) performed five usability tasks to assess ease of use and usefulness of five commercial library databases and were surveyed on their understanding of library terminology. The study revealed that more than half of the students correctly defined the term "Abstract" and over 75 percent understood "full text." However, only 25 percent of the students were able to successfully complete all five database tasks.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
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