November 28, 2015

Preprint: “Student Reading Practices in Print and Electronic Media” (College Students)

The following article is scheduled for publication in the September 1, 2014 issue of College & Research Libraries. It was accepted for publication last month.


Student Reading Practices in Print and Electronic Media


Nancy M. Foasberg
Queens College, CUNY


College & Research Libraries (Preprint)


This paper reports a diary-based qualitative study on college students’ reading habits with regard to print and electronic media. Students used a form to record information about their reading practices for twelve days, including length of reading event, location, format used and the purpose of reading. Students tended to use print for academic and long-form reading and to engage with it more deeply. Although electronic resources were sometimes used for academic purposes, students often used them for shorter and non-academic reading. Students found electronic media convenient, but most of them did not wish to switch to electronic media for their academic reading.

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