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How can the University Library better meet the information needs of research students: Experiences from Ulster University

Delaney, Geraldine and Bates, Jessica (2018) How can the University Library better meet the information needs of research students: Experiences from Ulster University. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 24 (1). pp. 63-89. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13614533.2017.1384267

DOI: 10.1080/13614533.2017.1384267

Abstract

This article investigates academic library needs of doctoral students. The study identifies PhD students’ information literacy training needs and explores current levels of library engagement, barriers to use and gaps in existing services. First year PhD students at Ulster University were surveyed and interviews were undertaken with three students. Findings show that just over half the respondents start their research from the Library’s e-journal interface or library databases and these resources are also their main research tools. Little use was made of social media or apps. Students’ ability to correctly identify different source types within a reference did not match the confidence they expressed in their own abilities, and two thirds were not aware of basic e-book capabilities. However over 90% of the respondents strongly agreed that the university library service was essential for their research. The article concludes with a number of recommendations on improving library services for PhD students.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Information literacy; Researchers; Students; University libraries; Users
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:39561
Deposited By: Dr Jessica Bates
Deposited On:13 Feb 2018 10:05
Last Modified:30 Nov 2018 12:32

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