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Survey Results – Discovery of Research and Teaching Material

DSC1 – Where to Begin Information Search

Over half (52%) of the respondents begin their information search at an internet search engine; 29% begin at a specific database; 18% begin at the Library catalog.

Search Information


DSC2 – Where to Start a Search with Known Citation

In the scenario of locating a specific piece of literature, most respondents begin at a database search (39%) and visit the Library website (33%).

Search Known Items

DSC3 – Where to Begin a Topic Search for Literature

To search for literature on a topic, the respondents start at a specific database (48%), general purpose search engine (28%), Library website (16%).

 Search Topics

DSC4 – How to Keep Current Awareness

This question presents 10 methods of keeping oneself current. For each method, the respondents rate its importance from 1 (Not at all important) to 10 (Extremely important). Ranked by the average rating, the most important method is Attending conferences or workshops, followed by Regularly skimming new issues of key journals:

  1. Attending conferences or workshops – 7.68
  2. Regularly skimming new issues of key journals – 7.65
  3. Regularly skimming table of contents alerts of key journals – 7.21
  4. Following the work of key scholars – 7.16
  5. Reading materials suggested by other scholars – 6.88
  6. Reading materials rated highly by a relevant repository or scholarly tool – 5.63
  7. Setting alerts for specific relevant keywords – 4.89
  8. Reading or skimming book reviews – 4.68
  9. Reviewing catalogs or announcements from scholarly publishers – 4.46
  10. Following other researchers through blogs or social media – 4.38
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last modified 12 July 2016