Paper or Electronic: Preferences of Slovenian Students

  • Vlasta Zabukovec
  • Polona Vilar
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 552)


This paper presents Slovenia’s results as part of an international study investigating student preferences of class readings regarding format (print or electronic) and factors impacting these preferences and behaviours. Common beliefs are that digital media is about to prevail over print materials, but several studies have found the contrary: most students still prefer print format over digital for their academic readings. They feel their comprehension and retention is better in print, but they like the convenience and accessibility of electronic. This issue is relevant to both libraries and teachers and instructors. The main research question of this study is: What are students’ format preferences when engaging with their academic readings? Secondary questions ask about the factors that impact their behaviors. An online survey of 25 questions was distributed in spring 2015 to students in different disciplines and levels at three public universities. Results were obtained using descriptive statistical analysis.


Academic reading Students Preferences Paper materials Electronic materials Slovenia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of LIS&BS, Faculty of ArtsUniversity of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia

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