Library Instruction Task Force 2000-2001
Questionnaire and Results

 

1. Gender

230 total responses
A - Male = 56.52% (130 responses)
B - Female = 43.48% (100 responses)

2. Which parts of the library instruction did you find helpful?

458 total responses
A - Librarian = 29.48% (135 responses)
B - Library tour = 13.54% (62 responses)
C - In class computer demonstration = 28.38% (130 responses)
D - Hands on assignment = 17.25% (79 responses)
E - Handouts = 11.35% (52 responses)

3. What format would make it easier for you to learn to use the library?

230 total responses
A - Credit course with a librarian = 9.57% (22 responses)
B - Computerized tutorial available on the Internet = 21.74% (50 responses)
C - Attending a one time library instruction session with a librarian = 24.78% (57 responses)
D - B and C = 43.91% (101 responses)

4. Do you complete research assignments/projects:

230 total responses
A - As soon as they are assigned = 1.74% (4 responses)
B - Right before they are due = 25.22% (58 responses)
C - Not immediately, but I don't wait until the last minute = 73.04% (168 responses)

5. When assigned a research assignment/project, are you more likely to look for information by:

230 total responses
A - Going to the:library first = 36.09% (83 responses)
B - Asking your friends = .87% (2 responses)
C - Browsing the Web using Yahoo,Google, AltaVista, etc. = 56.09% (129 responses)
D - Other = 6.96% (16 responses)

6. How do you rate your comfort level for doing research using library resources (i.e., online catalog, databases, electronic journals)?

230 total responses
A - Easy - I can usually find what I am looking for = 9.57% (22 responses)
B - Medium - I might have a question or two about how to use a resource, but I can usually figure it out by
myself = 67.83% (156 responses)
C - Difficult - I might have to ask a librarian for help several times = 20% (46 responses)
D - Uneasy - I sometimes give up and use another resource = 2.61% (6 responses)

7. What kind of online help do you use? (Circle all that apply)

276 total responses
A - Ask a Librarian = 18.7% (43 responses)
B - Online help for specific databases = 25.72% (71 responses)
C - Library guides or pathfinders = 26.45% (73 responses)
D - None of the above = 32.25% (89 responses)

8. When do you ask for help from a librarian?

230 total responses
A - Never - I usually know what I am looking for = 12.17% (28 responses)
B - Sometimes - I need help locating a good starting resource = 71.74% (165 responses)
C - Often - I'm clueless = 6.96% (16 responses)
D - Other - I sometimes ask a friend = 9.13% (21 responses)

9. What do you ask a librarian for help with? (Circle all that apply)

334 total responses
A - Technical assistance on using electronic resources = 23.05% (77 responses)
B - Research guidance on electronic resources = 29.94% (100 responses)
C - Other - they might provide other sources (books, etc.) = 38.62% (129 responses)
D - Never = 8.38% (28 responses)

10. How often do you use online library resources (Academic Search FullTEXT, ERIC, Expanded Academic, etc.)?

230 total responses
A - Often - I get most of my information from university provided databases = 43.48% (100 responses)
B - Occasionally - I use it to supplement books I have found = 29.57% (68 responses)
C - Seldom - Only when I can't find information on the Internet or on my own = 19.13% (44 responses)
D - I only get my information from books or the "web", or I get someone else to look up the information = 7.83% (18 responses)

11. Where did you do your research?

230 total responses
A - In the Library = 37.83% (87 responses)
B - From a computer cluster on campus = 6.09% (14 responses)
C - From my dorm room/home = 53.48% (123 responses)
D - Other = 2.61% (6 responses)