ERIC Number: EJ1069874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
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The Impact of Library Resource Utilization on Undergraduate Students' Academic Performance: A Propensity Score Matching Design
Kot, Felly Chiteng; Jones, Jennifer L.
College & Research Libraries, v76 n5 p566-586 Jul 2015
This study uses three cohorts of first-time, full-time undergraduate students (N = 8,652) at a large, metropolitan, public research university to examine the impact of student use of three library resources (workstations, study rooms, and research clinics) on academic performance. To deal with self-selection bias and estimate this impact more accurately, we used propensity score matching. Using this unique approach allowed us to construct treatment and control groups with similar background characteristics. We found that using a given library resource was associated with a small, but also meaningful, gain in first-term grade point average, net of other factors.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Cohort Analysis, Research Universities, Library Services, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Institutional Characteristics, Library Role, Grade Point Average, Library Research, Academic Achievement, Predictor Variables, Regression (Statistics), Library Materials, Information Utilization, Student Characteristics, Statistical Analysis, Statistical Data, Use Studies, College Freshmen
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia