Date Approved

5-14-2004

Embargo Period

4-21-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Shontz, Marilyn

Subject(s)

EBSCOhost (Computer file); Library orientation for children

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to determine how the electronic databases available in EBSCOhost, Primary Search, MasterFile Premier, and Searchasaurus, were being used in teaching information skills to the students in grades three through five. The study involved the media specialists who were members of South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative teaching in elementary schools serving grades three through five. A total of 103 surveys were mailed out with a total of 59 media specialists returning them.

Data analysis was achieved by entering the survey results into the SPSS version 11.1 statistical analysis program. Totals and percentages were computed with the SPSS program. Approximately two-thirds of the participants' results affirmed the fact that the EBSCOhost database was available in elementary school library media centers in southern New Jersey. A majority, 70%, of the participants were teaching information skills in the school library media center. However, only about 50% of the participants were using either the Primary Search database or Searchasaurus database in teaching students.

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