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Liu, Qianxiu; Allard, Bradley; Lo, Patrick; Zhou, Qingshan; Jiany, Tianji; Itsumura, Hiroshi – College & Research Libraries, 2019
This study is based on the belief that inquiry-based learning should be made an integral part of any student's learning, especially at university level. To find out the students' perceptions toward library user education, 426 questionnaire surveys have been collected from the Peking University (PKU), China and the University of Tsukuba (UT),…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Users (Information), College Students, Cultural Differences
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Mulliken, Adina – College & Research Libraries, 2019
Telephone interviews were conducted with 18 blind academic library users around the United States about their experiences using their library and its website. The study uses the perspective that blind users' insights are fundamental. A common theme was that navigating a webpage is time consuming on the first visit. Issues identified include the…
Descriptors: Blindness, Users (Information), Library Services, Web Sites
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Jameson, Jodi; Natal, Gerald; Napp, John – College & Research Libraries, 2019
This descriptive study analyzes results from an 18-item survey that assessed students' usage and perceptions of library reference services at a comprehensive public metropolitan university. Among 235 surveys completed between November 2016 and January 2017, the majority of respondents represented the "Generation Z" population of college…
Descriptors: College Students, Users (Information), Academic Libraries, Library Services
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Tyler, David C.; Hitt, Brianna D.; Nterful, Francis A.; Mettling, McKenna R. – College & Research Libraries, 2019
Patron-driven acquisition has been an important, if contentious, topic for decades, with numerous programs having been piloted, adopted, and reported on, largely favorably, in the library literature. Still, questions and doubts persist for academic libraries, especially where the composition of vendor plans and packages and the judgment of patrons…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Library Services, Library Materials, Intellectual Disciplines
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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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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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Anderson, Amelia – College & Research Libraries, 2018
Increased prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnoses within the general population is reflected in the growing number of college and university students with ASD. This exploratory study used an unobtrusive qualitative content analysis design to explore the experiences of students with ASD in academic libraries. It seeks to understand…
Descriptors: College Students, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, College Libraries
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Albarillo, Frans – College & Research Libraries, 2018
Initially coined by sociolinguists, the term code-switching refers to the alternation of languages by multilinguals. Code-switching is an active research area that has significant implications for academic libraries. Using data from focus groups and a survey tool, this paper examines language preferences of foreign-born students for particular…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), Academic Libraries, Multilingualism, Sociolinguistics
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Soria, Krista M.; Fransen, Jan; Nackerud, Shane – College & Research Libraries, 2017
The purpose of this paper was to investigate whether there are relationships between first-year college students' use of academic libraries and four academic outcomes: academic engagement, engagement in scholarly activities, academic skills development, and grade point average. The results of regression analyses suggest students' use of books…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Libraries, Use Studies, Users (Information)
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Bossaller, Jenny S.; Sandy, Heather Moulaison – College & Research Libraries, 2017
This article describes the results of a systematic review of peer-reviewed, published research articles about "discovery layers," user-friendly interfaces or systems that provide single-search box access to library content. Focusing on articles in LISTA published 2009-2013, a set of 80 articles was coded for community of users, journal…
Descriptors: Electronic Libraries, Computer Interfaces, Computer System Design, Online Searching
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Tracy, Daniel G. – College & Research Libraries, 2017
This study establishes baseline information about the ways library publishing services integrate user studies of their readers, as well as common barriers to doing so. The Library Publishing Coalition defines library publishing as "the set of activities led by college and university libraries to support the creation, dissemination, and…
Descriptors: Library Services, Library Materials, Users (Information), User Needs (Information)
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Boyce, Crystal – College & Research Libraries, 2017
Library quality is no longer evaluated solely on the value of its collections, as user perceptions of service quality play an increasingly important role in defining overall library value. This paper presents a retooling of the LibQUAL+ survey instrument, blending the gap measurement model with perceptual congruence model studies from information…
Descriptors: Congruence (Psychology), Information Services, Academic Libraries, Library Services
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Campbell, Lucy – College & Research Libraries, 2017
This study examines results from a survey of architecture faculty across the United States investigating information-seeking behavior and perceptions of library services. Faculty were asked to rank information sources they used for research, teaching, and creativity within their discipline. Sources were ranked similarly across these activities,…
Descriptors: Information Seeking, College Faculty, Architectural Education, Architecture
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Soria, Krista M.; Fransen, Jan; Nackerud, Shane – College & Research Libraries, 2017
The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of first-year undergraduates' (n = 5,368) use of academic library resources in their first year on their degree completion or continued enrollment after four years of study. Propensity score matching techniques were used to construct treatment (library users) and control (library nonusers) groups…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Undergraduate Students, Users (Information), Experimental Groups
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