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The Impact of Library Resource Utilization on Undergraduate Students' Academic Performance: A Propensity Score Matching Design
College & Research Libraries (2014)
  • Felly Chiteng Kot, Georgia State University
  • Jennifer L. Jones, Georgia State University
Abstract

This study uses three cohorts of first-time, full-time undergraduate students (N=8,652) at a large, metropolitan, public research university to examine the impact of student use of three library resources (workstations, study rooms, and research clinics) on academic performance. To deal with self-selection bias and estimate this impact more accurately, we used propensity score matching. Using this unique approach allowed us to construct treatment and control groups with similar background characteristics. We found that using a given library resource was associated with a small, but also meaningful, gain in first-term grade point average, net of other factors.

Publication Date
2014
Citation Information
Felly Chiteng Kot and Jennifer L. Jones. "The Impact of Library Resource Utilization on Undergraduate Students' Academic Performance: A Propensity Score Matching Design" College & Research Libraries (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jenniferlinkjones/15/