10. Once you locate e-journals, how do you use them?

All Respondents
n
% of 381
Search for specific article
203
53.3
Scan latest issue
99
26
Scan tables of contents
115
30.2
Search for subject/author
156
40.9
Read preprints
48
12.6
Personal alert service
16
4.2
Other
13
3.4

Over half of the respondents (53%) indicated they used e-journals to search for specific articles. Respondents also searched by subject or author (41%), scanned tables of contents (30%), and scanned latest issues (26). Relatively few respondents read preprints (13%) or used alert services (4%).


(Count)

 

All Respondents by Academic Status
(n / %)
Search for article
Scan latest issue
Scan TOC
Search subject / author

Read pre-
prints

Alert service
Other
Faculty 83 51 56 54 24 10 8
46.1 28.3 31.1 30.0 13.3 5.6 4.4
Graduate 70 25 29 57 11 4 2
66.7 23.8 27.6 54.3 10.5 3.8 1.9
Undergraduate 27 9 14 27 4 0 3
52.9 17.6 27.5 52.9 7.8 0.0 5.9
Staff 21 14 15 15 8 2 0
53.8 35.9 38.5 38.5 20.5 5.1 0.0
Other 2 0 1 3 1 0 0
33.3 0.0 16.7 50.0 16.7 0.0 0.0
Total 203 99 115 156 48 16 13
53.3 26.0 30.2 40.9 12.6 4.2 3.4
 


The responses among the various groups of users were similar to the overall response with a few variations. A significantly higher percentage of graduate students searched for specific articles when using e-journals compared to faculty, undergraduates, and staff. Graduate and undergraduate students were more likely to search for specific subjects or authors than faculty or staff. Staff members were more likely to read preprints or scan tables of contents than faculty or staff.
 

 

Faculty by Subject Division
( n / %)

Search for specific article

Scan latest issue

Scan tables of contents

Search for subject / author

Read preprints

Personal alert service

Other

Business

6

5

4

3

2

3

1

31.6

26.3

21.1

15.8

10.5

15.8

5.3

Education

11

7

8

5

2

1

0

57.9

36.8

42.1

26.3

10.5

5.3

.0

Engineering

10

8

8

5

3

1

1

55.6

44.4

44.4

27.8

16.7

5.6

5.6

Fine Arts

3

2

2

2

1

1

0

18.8

12.5

12.5

12.5

6.3

6.3

.0

Health Sci.

9

3

6

10

5

0

1

56.3

18.8

37.5

62.5

31.3

.0

6.3

Humanities

7

7

7

8

1

0

0

35.0

35.0

35.0

40.0

5.0

.0

.0

Sciences

16

8

11

11

6

1

4

51.6

25.8

35.5

35.5

19.4

3.2

12.9

Social Sci.

12

.

7

8

3

2

1

38.7

29.0

22.6

25.8

9.7

6.5

3.2

Library

7

1

3

2

1

1

0

87.5

12.5

37.5

25.0

12.5

12.5

.0

Other

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

100.0

50.0

.0

.0

.0

.0

.0

Total Responses

83

51

56

54

24

10

8

46.1

28.3

31.1

30.0

13.3

5.6

4.4

Nearly 50% of the faculty respondents search for specific articles in e-journals. Around 30% of the faculty scan latest issues, scan tables of contents, and search for specific subjects/authors. A much lower percentage read preprints or use alert services. There were some differences in the responses from faculty in various subject divisions. The highest percentages of faculty in Education, Engineering, Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Library searched for specific articles while a higher percentage of Health Sciences faculty did subject and author searches. Higher percentages of Engineering faculty scanned latest issues and tables of contents than faculty in other subject divisions.

 

Graduate Students by Subject Division
( n / %)

Search for specific articles

Scan latest issue

Scan tables of contents

Search for subject / author

Read preprints

Personal alert service

Other

Business

5

2

4

4

2

1

1

100.0

40.0

80.0

80.0

40.0

20.0

20.0

Education

17

5

5

12

2

0

0

68.0

20.0

20.0

48.0

8.0

.0

.0

Engineering

11

5

4

8

2

1

0

64.7

29.4

23.5

47.1

11.8

5.9

.0

Fine Arts

3

0

1

4

1

0

0

50.0

.0

16.7

66.7

16.7

.0

.0

Health Sci.

1

1

1

2

0

0

0

50.0

50.0

50.0

100.0

.0

.0

.0

Humanities

7

1

2

7

0

0

0

70.0

10.0

20.0

70.0

.0

.0

.0

Sciences

8

3

3

7

2

0

1

61.5

23.1

23.1

53.8

15.4

.0

7.7

Social Sci.

18

8

9

13

2

2

0

66.7

29.6

33.3

48.1

7.4

7.4

.0

Total Responses

70

25

29

57

11

4

2

66.7

23.8

27.6

54.3

10.5

3.8

1.9

The responses from graduate student to this question indicates that a relatively high percentage of students search for a specific articles when using e-journals., followed by searching for a specific subject or author. Fewer students apparently scan current issues or tables of contents. These results are consistent across most of the disciplines.

 

Undergraduate Students by Subject Division
 

( n / %)

Search for specific article

Scan latest issue

Scan tables of contents

Search for subject/

author

Read preprints

Personal alert service

Other

Business

5

0

1

4

1

0

0

45.5

.0

9.1

36.4

9.1

.0

.0

Education

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

100.0

.0

50.0

50.0

.0

.0

.0

Engineering

1

0

1

1

0

0

0

33.3

.0

33.3

33.3

.0

.0

.0

Fine Arts

1

1

3

3

0

0

0

20.0

20.0

60.0

60.0

.0

.0

.0

Health Sci.

2

1

0

2

1

0

0

66.7

33.3

.0

66.7

33.3

.0

.0

Humanities

3

2

1

1

0

0

0

100.0

66.7

33.3

33.3

.0

.0

.0

Sciences

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

.0

.0

16.7

33.3

.0

.0

.0

Social Sci.

12

5

6

12

2

0

0

70.6

29.4

35.3

70.6

11.8

.0

.0

Other

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

100.0

.0

.0

100.0

.0

.0

.0

Total responses

27

9

14

27

4

0

0

52.9

17.6

27.5

52.9

7.8

.0

.0

The majority of undergraduate student respondents searched for specific articles (52%) or searched for a specific subject or author (52%). Fewer students scanned tables of contents or scanned the latest issue. These results were generally found across the subject divisions.