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Supporting Undergraduate Learning Through the Collaborative Promotion of E-Journals by Library and Academic Departments

Colvin, John and Keene, Judith ORCID: (2004) Supporting Undergraduate Learning Through the Collaborative Promotion of E-Journals by Library and Academic Departments. Information Research, 9 (2).

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The introduction of electronic journals into Higher Education institutions in the United Kingdom has been relatively well documented, in terms of their purchase, management and uptake. However, the impact on learning, other than trends in usage and some indications of students' and researchers' attitudes, has not been quantified. This paper evaluates a project designed with the primary aim of testing a hypothesis that learning can be enhanced by promoting the use of e-journals. It was run jointly by a member of the library staff and an academic within the Business School. A Research quotient was developed to measure a student's ability to carry out appropriate research to support their learning. Research quotients scores were analysed along with journal bibliographic citations in students' assignments. Analysis of the results indicated that effective collaboration between academic and library staff, the timely embedding of e-journal induction into the learning process and associating it with the assessment process, can significantly enhance the learning of students. It was also recognised that students need be encouraged to see beyond assignments and adopt an holistic approach to learning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: e-journals, information literacy, study skills
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Central Services > Library Services
College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
Depositing User: John Colvin
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2007 08:58
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2023 04:00

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