Primary Research Group Inc. has published the: Survey of American College Students: Use of Citation Tools, ISBN 978-1-57440-535-4
The study presents detailed data on the use of citation tools by more than 1,000 college students at 4-year colleges in the United States. Students evaluate the quality of the information literacy instruction that they have received in citation tools and point out the programs and tools about which they would like to learn more. The 135-page report also presents individual student use data for commonly used tools such as EasyBib, RefWorks, Papers, BookEnds, EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero and other programs and tools. Students also note their preference for web-based or software tools.
Data in the report is broken out by seventeen variables including but not limited to year of student class standing, age, gender, general academic subject major or intended major, SAT/ACT scores, college grades, public or private college, type of college by general Carnegie class and many other characteristics.
Just a few of the report’s many findings are that:
82% of students report having ever used citation software or web application tools
Students who grew up outside of the United States were significantly less likely to report having ever used citation software or web applications.
17.46% of students have ever used RefWorks
Students majoring in engineering, mathematics, or computer science were most likely to prefer software rather than web applications as citation tools.
A pdf version of the report is currently available from Primary Research Group and a print version will be available for shipment on June 24 and can be ordered now. . For a table of contents, list of questions and an excerpt, visit the product page for this report at:
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