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How graduate students perceive, use, and manage electronic resources

How graduate students perceive, use, and manage electronic resources Purpose – This study aims to investigate graduate student perceptions of electronic resources, their search behaviour, and their usage patterns. Design/methodology/approach – Interviews were conducted in a research‐oriented university, and participants included 18 graduate students from three disciplines: humanities, social sciences, and science and technology. Findings – Graduate students are frequent users of electronic resources, particularly during the thesis‐writing period. Graduate students of science and technology perceive electronic resources to be considerably more important to their research and studies than students of other disciplines do. Few students use the metasearch tool to retrieve heterogeneous electronic resources in the library. Very few students use alert services to obtain updated information. Originality/value – The findings of the study could help university librarians acquire an enhanced understanding of the usage behaviour of graduate students on electronic resources. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aslib Proceedings: New Information Perspectives Emerald Publishing

How graduate students perceive, use, and manage electronic resources

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0001-253X
DOI
10.1108/00012531211281779
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Abstract

Purpose – This study aims to investigate graduate student perceptions of electronic resources, their search behaviour, and their usage patterns. Design/methodology/approach – Interviews were conducted in a research‐oriented university, and participants included 18 graduate students from three disciplines: humanities, social sciences, and science and technology. Findings – Graduate students are frequent users of electronic resources, particularly during the thesis‐writing period. Graduate students of science and technology perceive electronic resources to be considerably more important to their research and studies than students of other disciplines do. Few students use the metasearch tool to retrieve heterogeneous electronic resources in the library. Very few students use alert services to obtain updated information. Originality/value – The findings of the study could help university librarians acquire an enhanced understanding of the usage behaviour of graduate students on electronic resources.

Journal

Aslib Proceedings: New Information PerspectivesEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 23, 2012

Keywords: Electronic resources; Graduate students; University libraries; User behaviour; Collection development; Information media; Information services; China

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