How can the University Library Better Meet the Information Needs of Research Students? Experiences from Ulster University

Geraldine Delaney, Jessica Bates

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-89
Number of pages27
JournalNew Review of Academic Librarianship
Volume24
Issue number1
Early online date29 Sep 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Information literacy
  • Researchers
  • Students
  • University libraries
  • Users

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