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Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Online from: 1966

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Graduate students' usage of and attitudes towards e-books: experiences from Taiwan


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Title:Graduate students' usage of and attitudes towards e-books: experiences from Taiwan
Author(s):Ming-der Wu, (Department of Library and Information Science, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan), Shih-chuan Chen, (Department of Library and Information Science, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan)
Citation:Ming-der Wu, Shih-chuan Chen, (2011) "Graduate students' usage of and attitudes towards e-books: experiences from Taiwan", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 45 Iss: 3, pp.294 - 307
Keywords:E-book usage, E-books, Graduate students, Library users, Taiwan, University libraries, User satisfaction
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/00330331111151601 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – University libraries are increasing their e-book collections. The purpose of this study is to investigate graduate students' usage of and attitudes towards e-books at National Taiwan University.

Design/methodology/approach – A total of 20 graduate students from the fields of humanities, social sciences, science and technology, and medicine were interviewed.

Findings – The results indicated that graduate students used e-books mainly for the purposes of study and research. Monographs were the type of e-book that students used most often, followed by textbooks and reference tools. While they appreciated the convenience of using e-books, students mentioned several limitations. They liked the keyword search function of e-books. Most of the time, graduate students browsed a few paragraphs or pages online and then printed out copies for further reading. They also borrowed the corresponding paper versions of the e-books from the library. Students preferred that university libraries supply both the electronic and paper versions. In certain aspects, students' use behaviour was found to vary among disciplines.

Originality/value – This study highlights multiple aspects of graduate students' use behaviour with respect to e-books. The findings could be used to enhance e-book collection development in university libraries.



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