Source Publication (e.g., journal title)
Proceedings of the 66th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Information Science and Technology
Phase I of a 2‐phase project funded by the NSF‐National Science Digital Library Project used focus groups to determine how undergraduate science students perceive journal literature and how they use digital library resources. Their perceptions and use are contrasted with faculty and graduate teaching assistants in engineering, chemistry, and physics. Undergraduates have difficulties understanding journal articles. Although they consider themselves experts on the web, they rarely use online indexes or e‐journals unless required to for class. E‐Journals should be incrementally introduced to students starting at the time they declare a major. E‐Modules developed by the library and faculty could introduce the structure and content of articles, including links to glossaries and encyclopedias, tutorials about the publishing process, and study of the structure of articles.
Carol Tenopir, Richard Pollard, Peiling Wang, Dan Greene, Elizabeth Kline, Julia Krummen and Rachel Kirk. “Undergraduate Science Students and Electronic Scholarly Journals.” In Proceedings of the 66th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Information Science and Technology, Long Beach, California, October 2003, vol. 40: 291-297