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Where are the 'Books'?: A Case Study of the Use of Print Monographs by Online Graduate Students for Writing Research Papers

Dr. Jane Moore McGinn.

A study to determine if online graduate students use and cite print monographs in research papers submitted for online course requirements in one Master of Library Science program.

The purpose of this study is to answer the question "Are online graduate students using books for research or are all their research sources articles that can be retrieved through electronic databases or the World Wide Web?"

A sample of research papers submitted for course assignments, in four different online graduate courses, are examined. Using citation analysis, the author reviewed bibliographies and reference lists included with the research papers to determine the frequency of book citations. The implications for book authors and libraries are explored.


Dr. Jane Moore McGinn  (United States)
Associate Professor
School of Communication, Information and Library Science Department of Information and Library Science
Southern Connecticut State University

Dr. Jane Moore McGinn is an Associate Professor, in the Department of Information and Library Science in the School of Communication, Information and Library Science at Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut. Jane had worked as a practicing librarian for over 20 years, before deciding to pursue her doctoral degree in library science at the University of Pittsburgh where she received her Ph.D. She received her M.L.S. from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and her B.S. at Howard University, Washington, D.C.

  • Book citations in research papers
  • Online Courses
  • Online Students
  • Master of Library Science Program
  • Graduate Students and Research
  • Monograph Use and Graduate Students
Person as Subject
  • McGinn, Jane Moore

(Virtual Presentation, English)