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How graduate students perceive, use, and manage electronic resources

Ming‐der Wu (Department of Library & Information Science, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan)
Shih‐chuan Chen (Department of Library & Information Science, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan)

Aslib Proceedings

ISSN: 0001-253X

Article publication date: 23 November 2012

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.

Keywords

Citation

Wu, M. and Chen, S. (2012), "How graduate students perceive, use, and manage electronic resources", Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 64 No. 6, pp. 641-652. https://doi.org/10.1108/00012531211281779

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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