Student using a computer in Morris Library to conduct research
When it comes to research, faculty and graduate students practice what they teach. In addition to teaching research skills in their courses, many faculty members and graduate students have original research projects in process — with typical practices they follow and ways they find information.
So, in today’s rapidly changing academic environment, do they prefer print or digital?
According to the UD Faculty and Graduate Student survey results, most faculty members (95 percent) begin their research online. It makes sense, then, that when searching for a particular topic, 66 percent of faculty respondents prefer to work with digital resources.
However, scholarly materials in digital format are not necessarily preferred throughout the research process. The majority of faculty prefer to use print copies when reading a book cover-to-cover (79 percent) or reading a section in-depth (69 percent).
In addition to these insights, the survey shed light on the research, teaching and publishing needs of faculty and graduate students. The UD Library, Museums and Press — which conducted the survey alongside Ithaka S + R, a national research organization — will use the results to develop strategies that support those needs.
To learn more about the findings, join representatives from Ithaka S+R on Nov. 8 to delve into the results of the survey. Open to the campus community, the presentation will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Class of 1941 Lecture Room in Morris Library.