ERIC Number: EJ903837
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Browsing of E-Journals by Engineering Faculty
Bennett, Denise Beaubien; Buhler, Amy G.
Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, n61 Spr 2010
In response to a hypothesis that researchers who no longer use print journals may miss out on the serendipitous benefits of "poor indexing" provided by print tables of contents, librarians at the University of Florida surveyed their engineering faculty to determine faculty use of tables of contents in either print or online format. Results indicate that the engineering faculty still use tables of contents and journal browsing to support current awareness and other information-seeking needs. Respondents rely heavily on library-subscribed databases and they still pay attention to the journal name when reading articles. Differences in behavior across academic ranks and engineering subdisciplines are apparent. Associate Professors browse less and are less confident that they are keeping up than Assistant Professors or Professors. The survey results also support a trend of relying more on the interpersonal network that is carefully built by researchers as their careers progress.
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Library Research, Library Materials, Library Services, Information Seeking, College Faculty, Use Studies, Teacher Surveys, Journal Articles, Electronic Publishing, Indexes, User Needs (Information), User Satisfaction (Information)
Science and Technology Section, Association of College and Research Libraries. 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Web site: http://www.istl.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A