Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Studying Students: A Second Look

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Studying Students: A Second Look

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Studying Students: A Second Look. Ed. by Nancy Fried Foster. Chicago: ACRL, 2013. 156 p. Paper $44 (ISBN: 978- 083898680-6).

This group of studies, conducted at the University of Rochester between 2011 and 2013, is meant to follow up on and build upon an earlier research project from 2004 and 2005. The original study was published as Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester. Both studies utilized ethnographic research methods common in anthropology, focusing on in-depth interactions with small groups, rather than large statistical surveys, to gain a more precise understanding of user behavior.

Each volume is divided into eleven sections with brief overviews of previous research, method, and findings. In A Second Look, each chapter has its own bibliography, as well as a copy of the survey instrument utilized. In general, this second volume's research projects focus on different behaviors from those covered in the first book. However, a few studies are repeated; both volumes examine what faculty look for in a good paper and how undergraduates research and write their papers. In addition, both volumes include a photo survey to investigate student life and technology usage.

The rest of the projects in A Second Look take a different angle, focusing on a greater understanding of how the students use the library as space and how students integrate the library into the bigger picture of college life. …

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