Date Approved

5-8-2003

Embargo Period

5-3-2016

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)

Deptford High School (Deptford, N.J.); Young adults' libraries--Use studies

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine and compare the resources used by high school students enrolled in honors, college preparatory, and general English courses in the completion of their research papers. This applied research study was conducted with the use of a written questionnaire, which was administered to Deptford High School seniors of all academic levels in their English classes. The population and sample of this study were one and the same, 213 Deptford High School senior English students. All seniors attending English class on the day the survey was administered comprised the sample. No attempt was made to reach absentees. All data were tabulated by hand, entered into an Excel spreadsheet, and reported as percentages. The results showed that, as previous studies demonstrated, a large majority of students used books, the trend towards greater Internet use was continuing, and students continued to use interlibrary loan, although in smaller numbers than before. However, in contrast to previous studies, students were relying less on public, college, and even home libraries.

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