Humanities Graduate Students’ Use of Library Instructional Resources

by sipes, null

Abstract (Summary)
The purpose of this study was to explore the information needs of humanities graduate students with the intention of applying what is learned towards improvement in library instructional services and resources. The questions framing this study were: (1) What are the information needs of humanities graduate students? (2) How do current library instructional services and resources meet these needs? Eleven graduate students from the departments of Classics, Communication Studies, English and Comparative Literature, History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill participated in qualitative, in-depth interviews. Using the critical incident technique, the researcher asked participants to describe an information need related to their coursework. The information needs of humanities graduate students primarily include locating secondary source materials for research papers. Findings suggest that humanities graduate students are not heavy users of instructional resources and services. Participants suggested methods to increase awareness of instructional services and resources, including how to improve bibliographic instruction sessions catered to humanities graduate students.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Diane Kelly

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:college and university libraries services to graduate students information needs evaluation library instruction web based of north carolina at chapel hill


Date of Publication:04/04/2008

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