Information Seeking Behavior of Distance Education Students

by Thompson, Amy

Abstract (Summary)
This study describes a survey conducted with participants in the distance education program at the University of North Carolina. The study was conducted to learn more about the library use and needs of this student population in order to determine the library's plan of service to this student population. While distance education students are traditionally much older than the Millennial generation, the students in this study were found to favor electronic resources and be overall highly confident in their search abilities, two characteristics until now attributed to the Millennial generation. The students named Google and the UNC Libraries Web page as equally important to their research, but acknowledged using Google much more frequently than the library page. These findings suggest that the Millennial distinction may not be due to a generational divide, as previously reported, but rather due to technological immersion.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Lisa Norberg

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:distance education internet college and university libraries use studies echo boom generation services to undergraduate students graduate


Date of Publication:04/10/2007

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