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Educational use of smart phone technology: A survey of mobile phone application use by undergraduate university students

Catharine Reese Bomhold (School of Library and Information Science, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA)

Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Article publication date: 23 September 2013

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to present the results of a survey of undergraduate student use of smart phone applications.

Design/methodology/approach

Undergraduate students currently enrolled in an information literacy course answered an online survey regarding their use of applications (apps) on their smart phones.

Findings

However, still a small percentage of most frequently used apps (10.4 percent), search engines, online encyclopedias, and libraries are used by undergraduate students. The apps used most often are familiar to them and allow mobile access to popular web sites available on personal computers. Furthermore, a significant number (76 percent) of undergraduate students also report that they use apps to find academic information. The type of app most frequently used to find academic information is search engines.

Originality/value

This research provides evidence on the actual use of mobile devices by students for library administrators and educators interested in developing integrated mobile academic library applications.

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Citation

Reese Bomhold, C. (2013), "Educational use of smart phone technology: A survey of mobile phone application use by undergraduate university students", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 47 No. 4, pp. 424-436. https://doi.org/10.1108/PROG-01-2013-0003

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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