What’s the use?: analysing student citations to provide new insights into e-book usage

Groves, Antony (2014) What’s the use?: analysing student citations to provide new insights into e-book usage. Insights: the UKSG journal, 27 (2). pp. 198-204. ISSN 2048-7754

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Abstract

This article reports on a small-scale user-focused piece of research carried out at the University of Sussex. In an attempt to better understand the impact of e-books on student outputs, citation analysis was performed on coursework to identify the e-books that had been used. Of the students surveyed, 11.6% cited an e-book in their work and, for this particular group, EBL was found to be the most popular collection. However, cross reference with the Library discovery tool and Google revealed that e-books available from the web were cited more than those from library collections. Interviews uncovered a spectrum of usage, leading to the conclusion that a comprehensive e-book strategy is required that makes students aware of their benefits, equips them with the skills needed for effective use and increases the number of e-books available.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Professional Services > Library
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z0665 Library Science. Information Science
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z0719 Libraries (General)
Depositing User: Antony Groves
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2014 11:12
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 05:10
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/49222

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