Factors predicting the importance of libraries and research activities for undergraduates

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Abstract

While prior research has established linkages between undergraduate students' library use, research participation, and success, researchers know little about the importance undergraduates place upon libraries and research activities. Utilizing data from the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey, the purpose of this paper was to examine factors associated with the importance of libraries and research among undergraduates at nine large, public research universities. The results of this study suggest a variety of factors are positively associated with the importance of libraries and research for students, including participation in research activities, interest in medical or research careers, academic engagement, faculty interactions, library satisfaction, and development of library skills, among others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)464-470
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Academic Librarianship
Volume39
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013

Keywords

  • Importance of research activities
  • SERU survey
  • Undergraduates
  • Value of libraries

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