Research and Markets: The Survey of American College Students: Student Library Research Practices & Skills Caters for the Education Field

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets(http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/730011/the_survey_of_amer) has announced the addition of the "The Survey of American College Students: Student Library Research Practices & Skills" report to their offering.

“The Survey of American College Students: Student Library Research Practices & Skills”

This report looks closely at the research practices and skills of a sample of 400 U.S. college students. The 150+ page report presents detailed data on just how American college students use their library to complete research assignments. The report answers questions such as: which American students are being assigned research papers and which are not? What research sources do students use to complete their research assignments? Which use only major search engines or Wikipedia? Which use print resources? Library furnished databases? How familiar are students with the concept of plagiarism? Are students confident in their research abilities? Do they know how to use citation software? DO they feel that their librarians help them to use the available resources?

The study also gives detailed information on how their professors advise them to use the library, and how comfortable they feel about their research skills and how helpful librarians have been in helping them in their research. Data is broken out by more than 16 criteria including gender, income level, type and size of college, mean SAT acceptance score of the college, and many other variables. Just a few of the report's many findings are that:

  • Only about 47% of students are sure that they have ever been required to turn in a research paper exceeding 10 double spaced typed pages in length for any of their classes.
  • More than 86% of students say that they understand the concept of plagiarism "well" or "very well".
  • 64% of students sampled say that they know how to contact a librarian online.
  • 55.2% of the students in the sample had not asked for help from a librarian within the past year.
  • Nearly 29% of students say that Google, Yahoo and other major search engine searches were the most important information source for their last research assignment.
  • More than 9% of information needed for research papers was sourced from Wikipedia or other wickis.
  • The higher the grade point average the less information for research papers was obtained from search engines such as Google or Yahoo.

The Survey of American College Students is a representative probability sample of more than 400 American college students. The series of reports from the Survey of American College Students includes traditional market research reports for industry as well as college student satisfaction and use studies designed to give librarians and college administrators information on how students are using college resources nation-wide. Data is presented for all college students and broken out by sixteen criteria including college size, college type, mean college SAT acceptance score, gender, grade levels, academic grades, region of the country, type of locale of origin, academic major or focus, and other variables. The Survey of American College Students, Higher Education Services Reports, focuses on how college students use and how satisfied they are with campus services such as tutoring services, college police and security, athletic facilities, financial aid and many other college services.

List of Topics Covered:

  • Chapter One: Percentage Of Students Who Have Ever Been Required To Turn In A Paper Exceeding Approximately 10 Double Spaced Typed Pages In Length For Any Of Their Classes
  • Chapter Two: Percentage Of Information Needed To Complete Research Assignments That Comes From General Google, Yahoo And Other General Search Engine Searches
  • Chapter Three: Percentage Of Information Needed To Complete Research Assignments That Comes From Wikipedia Or Other Wickis
  • Chapter Four: Percentage Of Information Needed To Complete Research Assignments That Comes From Online Databases, E-Books Or Online Journals Offered Through Your College Library
  • Chapter Five: Percentage Of Information Needed To Complete Research Assignments That Comes From Books, Magazines Or Other Print Resources Offered Through Your College Library
  • Chapter Six: Percentage Of Information Needed To Complete Research Assignments That Comes From Other Sources Not Previously Cited
  • Chapter Seven: For The Last Research Assignment That You Received, How Did You Find Most Of The Information That You Needed?
  • Chapter Eight: Percentage Of Students That Within The Past Year Have Asked For Assistance From A Librarian In Finding Any Kind Of Information Resource Such As A Book, Database, Or Other Library Source
  • Chapter Nine: Which Statement Pretty Much Sums Up What Your Own Professors Tell You About Using The College Library
  • Chapter Ten: Percentage Of Students That Agree With The Following Statement: My College Library Helps Me Find The Information I Need For My Research Projects
  • Chapter Eleven: Percentage Of Students That Agree With The Following Statement: I Feel I Am Well Versed In What The Library Has To Offer And Can Use The Various Databases And Collections Easily Or Learn To Use Them Easily
  • Chapter Twelve: Percentage Of Students That Agree With The Following Statement: I Know How To Contact A Librarian Online When I Need Help
  • Chapter Thirteen: Percentage Of Students That Agree With The Following Statement: I Am Confident In My Ability To Research And Write A Research Paper For Most Of My Courses
  • Chapter Fourteen: Percentage Of Students That Agree With The Following Statement: I Know How To Prepare Reference
  • List Of Tables

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