We asked, “If you needed library assistance with research-related-activities, how would you prefer to receive it?” and offered a list of delivery methods, plus the list of research-related activities from question 3.
Results showed that the same methods were preferred across the board, but that certain methods seemed to be correlated with specific research-related activities. See below for details.
Assistance methods mentioned as “other” included asking a professor and emailing, calling, or chatting with librarians.
Which methods are preferred for delivery of library assistance?
|Average Number of Respondents||Percentage of total (n=61)|
during class time
at Research Desk
Outside of Class
Which stage in the research process is best addressed by each method?
|First choice||Second choice|
|Print Handout||Citing sources correctly||Incorporating sources into your paper|
|Online Guide||Citing sources correctly||Figuring out how to get or request full text|
|Video tutorial||Understanding the ethics of using information||Searching within library databases|
|Librarian instruction during class time||Figuring out which library databases to use||Searching within library databases|
|Workshop outside of class time||Choosing a research topic||Incorporating sources into your paper|
|Drop-in at Research Desk||Choosing a research topic||Narrowing a research topic|
|By appointment||Choosing a research topic||Narrowing a research topic|