Survey of American College Students: Use of the Academic Library Website

  • ID: 4587516
  • Report
  • Region: United States
  • 53 pages
  • Primary Research Group
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The report presents detailed data from a survey of 1,065 participants drawn from more than 80 US colleges and universities about whether, how and how often they use their academic library website.  The study also presents data on how many students use library supplied databases from remote locations and presents detailed information on how students evaluate the training they have received in using the academic library website.  The study also presents data on how easy students feel it is to find information through the college website.

Data in the report is presented in the aggregate and then broken out separately for sixteen different variables including but not limited to: college grades, gender, income level, year of college standing, SAT/ACT scores, regional origin, age, sexual orientation, race & ethnicity, college major and other personal variables, and by Carnegie class, enrollment size and public/private status of the survey participants institutions of higher education.

Just a few of this 53-page report’s many findings are that:

  • 12.24% of students from families which earn less than $45,000 per year had never used the library website.
  • Approximately 84% of students with SAT scores over 1350 or ACT scores of 30 or above have ever accessed a library database from a remote location.
  • Students in engineering, computer science and mathematics and related fields visited the library website much less often than other students, a mean of only 1.12 times in the past week.
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THE QUESTIONNAIRE   
Characteristics of the Sample   
SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS   
Percentage of Students  Who Use the College Library Website for Any Reason   
Student Evaluation of the Ease of Looking for Information through the College Website   
Use of Library Databases from a Remote Location   
Number of Visits to the Library Website in the Past Week   
Student Evaluation of the Quality of the Training they have Received in Use of the Library Website  

List of Tables 
Table 1.1 Have you ever used the college library website for any reason?   
Table 1.2 Have you ever used the college library website for any reason? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 1.3 Have you ever used the college library website for any reason? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin   
Table 1.4 Have you ever used the college library website for any reason? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant   
Table 1.5 Have you ever used the college library website for any reason? Broken out by college year class standing   
Table 1.6 Have you ever used the college library website for any reason? Broken out by approximate student family annual income   
Table 1.7 Have you ever used the college library website for any reason? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant   
Table 1.8 Have you ever used the college library website for any reason? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant   
Table 1.9 Have you ever used the college library website for any reason? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant   
Table 1.10 Have you ever used the college library website for any reason? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant   
Table 1.11 Have you ever used the college library website for any reason? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 1.12 Have you ever used the college library website for any reason? Broken out for students in public or private colleges:   
Table 1.13 Have you ever used the college library website for any reason? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant   
Table 1.14 Have you ever used the college library website for any reason? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant   
Table 1.15 Have you ever used the college library website for any reason? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant   
Table 1.16 Have you ever used the college library website for any reason? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant   
Table 1.17 Have you ever used the college library website for any reason? Broken out by racial or ethnic identity   
Table 2.1 How easy is it to find information that you are looking for through the college website?   
Table 2.2 How easy is it to find information that you are looking for through the college website? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 2.3 How easy is it to find information that you are looking for through the college website? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin   
Table 2.4 How easy is it to find information that you are looking for through the college website? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant   
Table 2.5 How easy is it to find information that you are looking for through the college website? Broken out by college year class standing   
Table 2.6 How easy is it to find information that you are looking for through the college website? Broken out by approximate student family annual income   
Table 2.7 How easy is it to find information that you are looking for through the college website? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant   
Table 2.8 How easy is it to find information that you are looking for through the college website? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant   
Table 2.9 How easy is it to find information that you are looking for through the college website? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant   
Table 2.10 How easy is it to find information that you are looking for through the college website? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant   
Table 2.11 How easy is it to find information that you are looking for through the college website? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 2.12 How easy is it to find information that you are looking for through the college website? Broken out for students in public or private colleges:   
Table 2.13 How easy is it to find information that you are looking for through the college website? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant   
Table 2.14 How easy is it to find information that you are looking for through the college website? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant   
Table 2.15 How easy is it to find information that you are looking for through the college website? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant   
Table 2.16 How easy is it to find information that you are looking for through the college website? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant   
Table 2.17 How easy is it to find information that you are looking for through the college website? Broken out by racial or ethnic identity   
Table 3.1 Have you ever used a database from your academic library from a non-library location?   
Table 3.2 Have you ever used a database from your academic library from a non-library location? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 3.3 Have you ever used a database from your academic library from a non-library location? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin   
Table 3.4 Have you ever used a database from your academic library from a non-library location? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant   
Table 3.5 Have you ever used a database from your academic library from a non-library location? Broken out by college year class standing   
Table 3.6 Have you ever used a database from your academic library from a non-library location? Broken out by approximate student family annual income   
Table 3.7 Have you ever used a database from your academic library from a non-library location? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant   
Table 3.8 Have you ever used a database from your academic library from a non-library location? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant   
Table 3.9 Have you ever used a database from your academic library from a non-library location? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant   
Table 3.10 Have you ever used a database from your academic library from a non-library location? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant   
Table 3.11 Have you ever used a database from your academic library from a non-library location? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 3.12 Have you ever used a database from your academic library from a non-library location? Broken out for students in public or private colleges:   
Table 3.13 Have you ever used a database from your academic library from a non-library location? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant   
Table 3.14 Have you ever used a database from your academic library from a non-library location? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant   
Table 3.15 Have you ever used a database from your academic library from a non-library location? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant   
Table 3.16 Have you ever used a database from your academic library from a non-library location? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant   
Table 3.17 Have you ever used a database from your academic library from a non-library location? Broken out by racial or ethnic identity   
Table 4.1 In the past week, how many times have you visited the college library website, either while you are physically in or out of the college library?   
Table 4.2 In the past week, how many times have you visited the college library website, either while you are physically in or out of the college library? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 4.3 In the past week, how many times have you visited the college library website, either while you are physically in or out of the college library? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin   
Table 4.4 In the past week, how many times have you visited the college library website, either while you are physically in or out of the college library? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant   
Table 4.5 In the past week, how many times have you visited the college library website, either while you are physically in or out of the college library? Broken out by college year class standing   
Table 4.6 In the past week, how many times have you visited the college library website, either while you are physically in or out of the college library? Broken out by approximate student family annual income   
Table 4.7 In the past week, how many times have you visited the college library website, either while you are physically in or out of the college library? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant   
Table 4.8 In the past week, how many times have you visited the college library website, either while you are physically in or out of the college library? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant   
Table 4.9 In the past week, how many times have you visited the college library website, either while you are physically in or out of the college library? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant   
Table 4.10 In the past week, how many times have you visited the college library website, either while you are physically in or out of the college library? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant   
Table 4.11 In the past week, how many times have you visited the college library website, either while you are physically in or out of the college library? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 4.12 In the past week, how many times have you visited the college library website, either while you are physically in or out of the college library? Broken out for students in public or private colleges:   
Table 4.13 In the past week, how many times have you visited the college library website, either while you are physically in or out of the college library? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant   
Table 4.14 In the past week, how many times have you visited the college library website, either while you are physically in or out of the college library? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant   
Table 4.15 In the past week, how many times have you visited the college library website, either while you are physically in or out of the college library? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant   
Table 4.16 In the past week, how many times have you visited the college library website, either while you are physically in or out of the college library? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant   
Table 4.17 In the past week, how many times have you visited the college library website, either while you are physically in or out of the college library? Broken out by racial or ethnic identity   
Table 5.1 What do you think of the quality of the training that you have received in using the college library website?   
Table 5.2 What do you think of the quality of the training that you have received in using the college library website? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 5.3 What do you think of the quality of the training that you have received in using the college library website? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin   
Table 5.4 What do you think of the quality of the training that you have received in using the college library website? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant   
Table 5.5 What do you think of the quality of the training that you have received in using the college library website? Broken out by college year class standing   
Table 5.6 What do you think of the quality of the training that you have received in using the college library website? Broken out by approximate student family annual income   
Table 5.7 What do you think of the quality of the training that you have received in using the college library website? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant   
Table 5.8 What do you think of the quality of the training that you have received in using the college library website? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant   
Table 5.9 What do you think of the quality of the training that you have received in using the college library website? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant   
Table 5.10 What do you think of the quality of the training that you have received in using the college library website? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant   
Table 5.11 What do you think of the quality of the training that you have received in using the college library website? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 5.12 What do you think of the quality of the training that you have received in using the college library website? Broken out for students in public or private colleges:   
Table 5.13 What do you think of the quality of the training that you have received in using the college library website? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant   
Table 5.14 What do you think of the quality of the training that you have received in using the college library website? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant   
Table 5.15 What do you think of the quality of the training that you have received in using the college library website? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant   
Table 5.16 What do you think of the quality of the training that you have received in using the college library website? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant   
Table 5.17 What do you think of the quality of the training that you have received in using the college library website? Broken out by racial or ethnic identity

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