9a. How do you usually locate and access e-journals?
9b. Which of the methods of locating and accessing e-journals do you use most frequently?

9a. All Respondents
 


 

n
% of 381
Personal subscriptions 45 11.8
Library e-journal web pages 140 36.7
Links from online databases 193 50.7
Links from online catalog 191 50.1
Publisher web sites 61 16.0
Other 20 5.2

Half of all respondents indicated that they usually located and accessed e-journals through links from online databases as well as the online catalog. About 36% used the library e-journal Web pages while 16% used publisher Web sites, and 12% used personal subscriptions.

 

9b. All Respondents
 


 

n
%
Personal subscriptions 4 3.1
Library e-journal web pages 12 9.4
Links from online databases 46 36.0
Links from online catalog 47 36.7
Publisher web sites 11 8.6
Other 8 6.3
Total 128 100.0

When asked to indicate their most frequently used method for accessing e-journals, 73% of all respondents were evenly split between the online databases and the online catalog.

 

9a. All Respondents by Academic Status
 

(n / %)
Personal subscriptions Library
e-journal web pages
Links from online databases Links from online catalog Publisher web sites Other
Faculty 24 46 82 64 33 11
13.3 25.6 45.6 35.6 18.3 6.1
Graduate 11 48 68 69 17 7
10.5 45.7 64.8 65.7 16.2 6.7
Undergraduate 3 28 22 36 3 1
5.9 54.9 43.1 70.6 5.9 2.0
Staff 7 17 19 18 8 1
17.9 43.6 48.7 46.2 20.5 2.6
Other 0 1 2 4 0 0
0.0 16.7 33.3 66.7 0.0 0.0
Total 45 140 193 191 61 20
11.8 36.7 50.7 50.1 16.0 5.2


Linking from the online databases and online catalogs were the preferred methods for accessing e-journals for all groups except undergraduates. In addition to linking from the online catalog, more undergraduates used the library’s e-journal Web pages rather than the online databases. A greater percentage of undergraduates used the online catalog (71%) compared to other groups. A relatively high percentage of graduate students used linking from the online databases compared to the other groups (65%). Faculty and staff were the heaviest users of personal subscriptions (13% and 18%, respectively).
 

 

9b. All Respondents by Academic Status
 

(n / %)
Personal subscriptions Library e-journal web pages Links from online databases Links from online catalog Publisher web sites

Other

Total
Faculty 1 2 23 17 7 5 55
1.8 3.6 41.8 30.9 12.7 9.1 100.0
Graduate 1 8 12 15 0 3 39
2.5 20.0 30.0 37.5 0.0 7.5 100.0
Undergraduate 0 2 8 7 1 0 18
0.0 11.1 44.4 38.9 5.6 0.0 100.0
Staff 2 0 2 6 3 0 13
15.4 0.0 15.4 46.2 23.1 0.0 100.0
Other 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
0.0 0.0 0.0 100.0 0.0 0.0 100.0
Total 4 12 45 47 11 8 127
3.1 9.4 35.2 36.7 8.6 6.3 100.0


When asked to indicate their most frequently used method for accessing e-journals, the responses from faculty and students were similar to the overall response – primarily split between online databases and the online catalog. However, staff members were much more likely to use personal subscriptions or publisher Web sites as the primary access point and less likely to use linking from online databases than the other groups.

 

9a. Faculty by Subject Division
 

(n / %)

Personal subscriptions

Library
e-journal web pages

Links from online databases

Links from online catalog

Publisher web sites

Other

Business

2

3

6

5

2

0

10.5

15.8

31.6

26.3

10.5

.0

Education

4

5

12

7

5

2

21.1

26.3

63.2

36.8

26.3

10.5

Engineering

3

9

9

9

1

2

16.7

50.0

50.0

50.0

5.6

11.1

Fine Arts

0

2

3

2

1

0

.0

12.5

18.8

12.5

6.3

.0

Health Sci.

4

6

11

11

4

1

25.0

37.5

68.8

68.8

25.0

6.3

Humanities

1

1

9

5

4

0

5.0

5.0

45.0

25.0

20.0

.0

Sciences

5

10

15

11

10

4

16.1

32.3

48.4

35.5

32.3

12.9

Social Sci.

3

5

10

8

5

2

9.7

16.1

32.3

25.8

16.1

6.5

Library

0

5

5

5

1

0

.0

62.5

62.5

62.5

12.5

.0

Other

2

0

2

1

0

0

100.0

.0

100.0

50.0

.0

.0

Total

24

46

82

64

33

11

13.3

25.6

45.6

35.6

18.3

6.1

Most of the faculty respondents indicated they accessed e-journals through links from online databases. The next most popular way to access e-journals was through links from the online catalog, followed by library e-journal web pages and publisher web sites. About 13% of the faculty used personal subscriptions to the journals. These results were fairly consistent with some notable exceptions. Higher percentages of faculty in Health Sciences, Education, Sciences, and Engineering used personal subscriptions. A higher percentage of faculty in the Library used the e-journal Web sites than other faculty. A higher percentage of faculty in Education, Health Sciences, and the Library used links from online databases than other faculty while Health Sciences and Library faculty posted similar numbers for linking from the online catalog.

 

9b. Faculty by Subject Division
 

(n / %)

Personal Subscriptions

Library
E-Journal Web Pages

Links from Online Databases

Links from Online Catalog

Publisher Web Sites

Other

Total

Business

0

0

1

2

1

0

4

.0

.0

25.0

50.0

25.0

.0

100.0

Education

0

0

1

1

3

2

7

.0

.0

14.3

14.3

42.9

28.6

100.0

Engineering

0

1

2

3

0

0

6

.0

16.7

33.3

50.0

.0

.0

100.0

Fine Arts

0

0

2

1

0

0

3

.0

.0

66.7

33.3

.0

.0

100.0

Health Sci.

0

1

4

2

0

1

8

.0

12.5

50.0

25.0

.0

12.5

100.0

Humanities

0

0

3

1

0

0

4

.0

.0

75.0

25.0

.0

.0

100.0

Sciences

0

0

3

3

2

1

9

.0

.0

33.3

33.3

22.2

11.1

100.0

Social Sci.

0

0

3

1

1

1

6

.0

.0

50.0

16.7

16.7

16.7

100.0

Library

0

0

3

3

0

0

6

.0

.0

50.0

50.0

.0

.0

100.0

Other

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

50.0

.0

50.0

.0

.0

.0

100.0

Total

1

2

23

17

7

5

55

1.8

3.6

41.8

30.9

12.7

9.1

100.0

With one exception, the most frequent methods for accessing e-journals among faculty respondents is linking from the online databases and the online catalog, respectively. The exception was Education faculty who used publisher web sites more frequently than either online databases or the online catalog. However, it is difficult to interpret these responses given that for some reason a relatively small number of faculty responded to this question compared to the number who responded to other questions.

 

9a. Graduate Students by Subject Division
 

(n / %)

Personal Subscriptions

Library
e-journal web pages

Links from online databases

Links from online catalog

Publisher web sites

Other

Business

0

3

4

4

1

2

.0

60.0

80.0

80.0

20.0

40.0

Education

2

10

17

18

3

1

8.0

40.0

68.0

72.0

12.0

4.0

Engineering

4

8

11

10

3

0

23.5

47.1

64.7

58.8

17.6

.0

Fine Arts

0

2

3

5

0

0

.0

33.3

50.0

83.3

.0

.0

Health Sci.

0

2

2

2

0

0

.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

.0

.0

Humanities

0

4

5

6

0

0

.0

40.0

50.0

60.0

.0

.0

Sciences

1

6

9

6

4

3

7.7

46.2

69.2

46.2

30.8

23.1

Social Sci.

4

13

17

18

6

1

14.8

48.1

63.0

66.7

22.2

3.7

Total

11

48

68

69

17

7

10.5

45.7

64.8

65.7

16.2

6.7

 

The responses from graduate student to this question indicates that a relatively high number of students access e-journals through links from online databases and the online catalog compared to other methods. Accessing e-journal through the library e-journal web sites is generally a slightly less popular way of accessing e-journals while even fewer graduate students apparently access e-journals through personal subscriptions and publisher web sites. These relative percentages were fairly consistent across the disciplines although there were some differences. For example, a greater percentage of graduate students in the Sciences accessed e-journals through online database links than through online catalog links compared to other students while the opposite pattern was noticed among Fine Arts students.

 

9b. Graduate Students by Subject Division

(n / %)

Personal Subscriptions

Library
E-Journal Web Pages

Links from Online Databases

Links from Online Catalog

Other

Total

Business

0

0

1

2

1

4

.0

.0

25.0

50.0

25.0

100.0

Education

0

0

3

5

1

9

.0

.0

33.3

55.6

11.1

100.0

Engineering

0

1

1

1

0

3

.0

33.3

33.3

33.3

.0

100.0

Fine Arts

0

1

0

2

0

3

.0

33.3

.0

66.7

.0

100.0

Humanities

0

1

2

0

0

3

.0

33.3

66.7

.0

.0

100.0

Sciences

1

1

2

3

1

8

12.5

12.5

25.0

37.5

12.5

100.0

Social Sci.

0

4

3

2

1

10

.0

40.0

30.0

20.0

10.0

100.0

Total

1

8

12

15

3

40

2.5

20.0

30.0

37.5

10.0

100.0

When asked to indicate their most frequently method of accessing e-journals, graduate students generally followed the same pattern – more access through through links to the online databases and online catalog followed by use of the library e-journal web pages. Even fewer graduate students responded to this question than others so it is difficult to say anything about the any variation among the disciplines.

 

9a. Undergraduate Students by Subject Division

(n / %)

Personal subscriptions

Library e-journal web pages

Links from online databases

Links from online catalog

Publisher web sites

Other

Business

1

4

2

6

1

0

9.1

36.4

18.2

54.5

9.1

.0

Education

0

2

2

2

0

0

.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

.0

.0

Engineering

1

2

1

1

0

0

33.3

66.7

33.3

33.3

.0

.0

Fine Arts

0

3

1

4

0

0

.0

60.0

20.0

80.0

.0

.0

Health Sci.

0

2

3

2

0

0

.0

66.7

100.0

66.7

.0

.0

Humanities

1

2

2

3

1

0

33.3

66.7

66.7

100.0

33.3

.0

Sciences

0

3

1

3

0

0

.0

50.0

16.7

50.0

.0

.0

Social Sci.

0

9

10

14

1

1

.0

52.9

58.8

82.4

5.9

5.9

Other

0

1

0

1

0

0

.0

100.0

.0

100.0

.0

.0

Total

3

28

22

36

3

1

5.9

54.9

43.1

70.6

5.9

2.0

A relatively high percentage of undergraduate respondents indicated they accessed e-journals through links from the online catalog (71%). The percentages of those students accessing e-journals from the library Web pages and through links from online databases were somewhat lower (55% and 43%, respectively). Very few undergraduates used personal subscriptions or publisher Web sites. There were some differences in the responses from students depending on their subject division, but the number of respondents is particularly low in some of the subject areas and not conducive to identifying trends.
 

 

9b.Undergraduate Students by Subject Division

(n / %)

Library E-Journal Web Pages

Links from Online Databases

Links from Online Catalog

Publisher Web Sites

Total

Business

0

1

1

0

2

.0

50.0

50.0

.0

100.0

Education

0

1

0

0

1

.0

100.0

.0

.0

100.0

Engineering

0

0

1

0

1

.0

.0

100.0

.0

100.0

Fine Arts

1

1

2

0

4

25.0

25.0

50.0

.0

100.0

Health Sci.

0

2

1

0

3

.0

66.7

33.3

.0

100.0

Humanities

1

0

0

1

2

50.0

.0

.0

50.0

100.0

Sciences

0

1

0

0

1

.0

100.0

.0

.0

100.0

Social Sci.

0

2

2

0

4

.0

50.0

50.0

.0

100.0

Total

2

8

7

1

18

11.1

44.4

38.9

5.6

100.0

 

The most frequently used methods of accessing e-journals were linking from online databases and linking from the online catalog. Much smaller percentages of students used the library's e-journal web pages or publisher web sites. The number of respondents for this question was very small.