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Social Media for Research: Not Quite There(February 21, 2012)
Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) February 21, 2012
ebrary®, a ProQuest business and leading provider of e-books and research technology, today announced that the social media data of its 2011 Global Student E-book Survey is now publicly available at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/surveys along with the full report.
Among other key findings, the addendum revealed the following:
- While 41% of students are currently using social media for research or study, 59% are not. Reasons for not using social media include that existing sites are not a reliable source of information.
- When asked if they would use social media to share research with peers, 58% of students indicated likely to very likely, while 43% stated unlikely.
- 35% students indicated they would likely to very likely pose a question to a librarian using social media, compared to 45% who would likely to very likely use social media to pose a question to faculty.
- When asked if they would use social media to connect with students with similar academic interests, 69% stated likely to very likely, while 31% stated unlikely.
Using traditional social media platforms for research could be problematic for students on a number of fronts: Most are not designed for serious research, and students may not wish to share personal information with faculty and librarians, said Kevin Sayar, ebrarys President and General Manager. This survey indicates that we need to develop better and more intuitive ways for students to collaborate with authoritative sources in a trusted, research oriented environment. ebrary, along with the wider ProQuest organization, aims to address this gap in the research process and provide the tools and technologies students need to reach their full potential.
More than 6,500 students worldwide participated in ebrarys 2011 Global Student E-book Survey, which was very similar to a 2008 survey created by librarians. As part of the latest survey, ebrary added questions pertaining to social media, which has grown and changed significantly over the past three years. ebrary welcomes discussion and papers around any of its e-book surveys. If you are interested in contributing, please email marketing(at)ebrary(dot)com.
About ebrary (http://www.ebrary.com)
ebrary is a leading provider of e-books and research technology to libraries worldwide. Founded in 1999, the company offers more than 273,000 e-books from over 500 trusted publishers under flexible models including subscription, perpetual archive (purchase), patron driven acquisition, and short-term loans. As YBP Library Service's preferred e-book partner, ebrary's titles are available in GOBI, as well as YBP's Approval and Demand Driven Acquisition (DDA) service. ebrary is the only e-book provider that enables customers to upload and integrate their own digital materials right from their computers with DASH! (Data Sharing, Fast) technology as well as apply cross-referencing with multiple online resources with InfoTools technology. The company also offers a dedicated mobile app for the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®. A ProQuest® business, ebrary is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, USA.
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