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Benedetti, Allison R. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
As libraries respond to new teaching and research practices in the twenty-first century, it is important to consider how to advertise library services. Users are often surprised to learn about the varied expertise of library staff and the many services the staff provides. To investigate this issue, the author designed a study to identify a more…
Descriptors: Library Services, Library Development, Institutional Advancement, Publicity
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Mayer, Jennifer – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2015
The intent of this case study was to gain insight into the information needs and research behaviors of upper-division performing arts students, and how to best address those needs. This article presents findings from focus group interviews of thirty music, dance, and theater majors at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. The data revealed several…
Descriptors: Theater Arts, Case Studies, Focus Groups, Interviews
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McClure, Randall; Clink, Kellian – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2009
This study investigates the types of sources that English composition students use in their research essays. Unlike previous studies, this project pairs an examination of source citations with deeper analysis of source use, and both are discussed in relation to responses gathered in focus groups with participating students and teachers. The…
Descriptors: Student Research, Writing (Composition), Focus Groups, Researchers
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Pisciotta, Henry A.; Dooris, Michael J.; Frost, James; Halm, Michael – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2005
The Visual Image User Study (VIUS), an extensive needs assessment project at Penn State University, describes academic users of pictures and their perceptions. These findings outline the potential market for digital images and list the likely determinates of whether or not a system will be used. They also explain some key user requirements for…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, State Universities, Visual Aids, Use Studies