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Pounds, Gabrina – Applied Linguistics, 2018
The study presented in this article explores to what extent and in what ways the communication between clinicians and patients on Ask-the-Expert healthcare websites is patient-centred. It further demonstrates the value of using a theory- and text-driven discourse analytical approach for the analysis of verbal communication in a (specific health)…
Descriptors: Patients, Health Services, Web Sites, Empathy
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Delaney, Geraldine; Bates, Jessica – New Review of Academic Librarianship, 2018
This article investigates academic library needs of doctoral students. The study identifies PhD students' information literacy training needs and explores current levels of library engagement, barriers to use, and gaps in existing services. First-year PhD students at Ulster University (UU) were surveyed and interviews were undertaken with three…
Descriptors: Users (Information), Information Needs, Library Services, Graduate Students
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Breen, Michelle; Dundon, Mary; McCaffrey, Ciara – New Review of Academic Librarianship, 2018
This study explores the library equivalent of the "towels on deck chairs" phenomenon of students reserving library seats: the practice of leaving personal belongings unattended at a library study space for long periods of time, rendering the desk unavailable for use by others. It presents highly inefficient use of high value academic…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Space Utilization, Library Facilities, Universities
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Munson, Kurt; Thompson, Hilary H. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
Using the 2011 and 2015 survey by the Reference and User Services Association Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section (RUSA STARS) of international interlibrary loans (ILL), the authors explore barriers to this method of meeting patrons' information needs. They evaluate international ILL in the context of developments in the…
Descriptors: Library Services, Users (Information), Barriers, Library Materials
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LeMaistre, Tiffany; Shi, Qingmin; Thanki, Sandip – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
This study investigated the relationship between use of online library resources and student success at a small, teaching-focused, baccalaureate college. Researchers also measured whether library users were representative of the student population. Use of online library resources was a significant predictor of semester grade point average (GPA),…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Library Services, Users (Information), Electronic Libraries
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Albarillo, Frans – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
This paper reports the results of a survey study of foreign-born students' use of academic and public libraries. The researcher administered the survey at a public liberal arts college in the fall of 2014. The analysis shows that foreign-born students use both public and academic libraries with great frequency for academic tasks. Variables such as…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Minority Group Students, Immigrants, Statistical Analysis
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Thielen, Joanna – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
Retracted articles, articles that violate professional ethics, are an unsettling, yet integral, part of the scholarly publishing process seldom discussed in the academy. Unfortunately, article retractions continue to rise across all disciplines. Although academic librarians consistently provide instruction on scholarly publishing, little has been…
Descriptors: Users (Information), Periodicals, Journal Articles, Academic Libraries
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Fry, Amy – College & Research Libraries, 2018
This article outlines a study assessing and comparing the rate of use of nonreference print and electronic book collections acquired during the same time period at one academic library. Rate of use was examined for both collections by discipline and method of acquisition. The author found that 74 percent of print titles acquired in 2008-2009 had…
Descriptors: Books, Electronic Publishing, Use Studies, Comparative Analysis
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Tewell, Eamon C. – College & Research Libraries, 2018
Critical information literacy is a way of thinking and teaching that examines the social construction and political dimensions of libraries and information, problematizing information's production and use so that library users may think critically about such forces. Being an educational approach that acknowledges and emboldens learners' agency,…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Academic Libraries, Librarians, Library Instruction
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Igbo, J. N.; Ezenwaji, Ifeyinwa; Ajuziogu, Christiana U. – International Education Studies, 2018
This study was carried out to ascertain the influence of social networking sites activities (twitter and Facebook) on secondary school students' interest in learning It also considered the impact of these social networking sites activities on location of the students. Two research questions and two null hypotheses guided the study. Mean and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Media, Web Sites, Secondary School Students
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Lowe, M. Sara; Maxson, Bronwen K.; Stone, Sean M.; Miller, Willie; Snajdr, Eric; Hanna, Kathleen – College & Research Libraries, 2018
Boolean logic can be a difficult concept for first-year, introductory students to grasp. This paper compares the results of Boolean and natural language searching across several databases with searches created from student research questions. Performance differences between databases varied. Overall, natural search language is at least as good as…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Natural Language Processing, Online Searching, Search Strategies
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Wong, Seng Yue; Ghavifekr, Simin – International Journal of Distance Education Technologies, 2018
User experience (UX) and user interface design of an educational game are important in enhancing and sustaining the utilisation of Game Based Learning (GBL) in learning history. Thus, this article provides a detailed literature review on history learning problems, as well as previous studies on user experience in game design. Future studies on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Games, Video Games, History Instruction
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Gulzar, Zameer; Leema, A. Anny – International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies, 2018
This article describes how with a non-formal education, a scholar has to choose courses among various domains to meet the research aims. In spite of this, the availability of large number of courses, makes the process of selecting the appropriate course a tedious, time-consuming, and risky decision, and the course selection will directly affect…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Information Retrieval, Classification, Computer Science Education
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Best, Linda M.; Shelley, Daniel J. – International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education, 2018
This article examines the effects of the social media applications Facebook, Twitter, Snap Chat/Instagram, Texting and various smartphone applications on academic dishonesty in higher education. The study employed a mixed-methods approach conducted through an emailed question-pro student survey consisting of 20 questions. The results of the study…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Social Media, Cheating, Computer Oriented Programs
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James, Delores C. S.; Harville, Cedric, II – Health Education & Behavior, 2018
Background: African American women (AAW) are in a unique position to be recruited into mobile (mHealth) weight management research and programs due to their high rates of obesity and their high ownership of smartphones. Aim: This study examined smartphone usage, social media engagement, and willingness to participate in mHealth weight management…
Descriptors: African Americans, Females, Handheld Devices, Social Media
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