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Comparing Electronic vs. Print Book Preferences Between Students in the Social Sciences, the Arts and STEM
Library Scholarship
  • Lee Cummings, Saint Louis University
  • Anne Larrivee, Binghamton University
  • Leslie Vega, University of Tampa
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2015
Keywords
  • collection development,
  • ebooks,
  • STEM,
  • Arts,
  • Social Sciences,
  • print books
Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if there were any distinct differences in e-book usage habits among students in the social sciences, technical fields and the arts. To complete this study, students from three different disciplinary areas were surveyed. The same nine questions were posed to each student group, with slight modifications to some questions based on the discipline.The results of this study show that students in each discipline have a preference for convenience and accessibility, whether material is print or electronic. Some more unique characteristics between disciplines include the percentage of students using books and frequency of e-book usage. This study is unique in that it compares the preferences and habits of three specific groups of students from unrelated disciplines. It will be useful for librarians who manage collections for various disciplines and want a better understanding of what should be considered when choosing a format for materials.

Comments

This is the accepted manuscript version of the article.

The final version was published in Library Hi Tech News, a journal managed by Emerald Publishing.

Publisher Attribution
Cummings, L., Larrivee, A.M., Vega, L. (2015). Comparing Electronic vs. Print Book Preferences between Students in the Social Sciences, the Arts and STEM. Library Hi-Tech, 32(4). doi: 10.1108/LHTN-10-2014-0088
Citation Information
Lee Cummings, Anne Larrivee and Leslie Vega. "Comparing Electronic vs. Print Book Preferences Between Students in the Social Sciences, the Arts and STEM" (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/anne-larrivee/2/