International Journal on Digital Libraries

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 65–79 | Cite as

The use of online digital resources and educational digital libraries in higher education

  • Flora McMartinEmail author
  • Ellen Iverson
  • Alan Wolf
  • Joshua Morrill
  • Glenda Morgan
  • Cathryn Manduca
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This paper summarizes results from a national survey of 4,678 respondents, representing 119 institutions of higher education in the United States regarding their use of digital resources for scholarly purposes. This paper presents the following results: (1) demographics commonly used in higher education to categorize populations such as institution type or level of teaching experience could not reliably predict use of online digital resources, (2) valuing online digital resources corresponds with only higher levels of use for certain types of digital resources, (3) lack of time was a significant barrier to use of materials while, paradoxically, respondents indicated that they used them because they save time, (4) respondents did not tend to intentionally look to the Internet as a trusted resource for learning about teaching.


Digital library Education User study 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Flora McMartin
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ellen Iverson
    • 2
  • Alan Wolf
    • 3
  • Joshua Morrill
    • 4
  • Glenda Morgan
    • 5
  • Cathryn Manduca
    • 2
  1. 1.Broad-based KnowledgeRichmondUSA
  2. 2.Carleton CollegeNorthfieldUSA
  3. 3.University of Wisconsin—MadisonMadisonUSA
  4. 4.Morrill SolutionsMadisonUSA
  5. 5.George Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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