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|Title:||The Influence of The Availability of an Academic Online Catalog on The Use of Academic Libraries by College-Bound High School Seniors|
|Author(s):||Craver, Kathleen W.|
|Department / Program:||Library Science|
|Degree Granting Institution:||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|Abstract:||Five hypotheses were formulated to test the effect access to an academic online catalog in a school library had on the use of various library facilities and materials by college-bound high school seniors. Data for the analysis of this problem consisted of: (1) research assignment bibliographies gathered from 73 seniors without access to an academic online catalog in the school library (pre-online catalog students); (2) research assignment bibliographies collected from 80 seniors with access to an academic online catalog in the school library (post-online catalog students); and (3) 114 questionnaires gathered from students in both groups. The bibliographies were subjected to citation analysis to verify the library used for each reference. Aggregate totals were computed for each group and t-tests and analyses of variance were employed to determine if any statistically significant differences existed between pre-online catalog and post-online catalog students with respect to their use of academic libraries. The questionnaires were used: (1) to help verify the location source for questionable references; (2) to ascertain the degree of online catalog use between groups; and (3) to indicate the amount of student use of various library facilities and materials.
The significant findings were: (1) Computerized access to an academic online catalog in the school library significantly influenced the use of academic libraries by college-bound high school seniors. Post-online catalog students cited more sources from academic libraries than pre-online catalog students. (2) Students with access to an academic online catalog in the school library cited more periodicals from academic libraries in their research assignment than students without access. (3) Post-online catalog students used a greater number of sources from the academic undergraduate library compared to pre-online catalog students. (4) Post-online catalog students cited fewer books and periodicals from one public library than did pre-online catalog students.
The findings of this study suggest that school librarians should seriously consider: (1) joining a multitype network with computerized access to bibliographic materials and (2) modifying their bibliographic instruction units to include use of an online catalog and other types of libraries.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1987.
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2014-12-15|