January 25, 2021

Research Article: “A Comparative Study of Perceptions and Use of Google Scholar and Academic Library Discovery Systems”

The following research article appears in the latest issue of C&RL (College and Research Libraries).

Title

A Comparative Study of Perceptions and Use of Google Scholar and Academic Library Discovery Systems

Authors

Kyong Eun Oh
Simmons University

Mónica Colón-Aguirre
East Carolina University 

Source

C&RL
Vol 80, No 6 (2019)
DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.6.876

Abstract

Google Scholar and academic library discovery systems are both popular resources among academic users for finding scholarly information. By conducting an online survey with 975 users from more than 20 public research universities across the United States, this study comparatively investigates how and why academic users use these two resources. Results show that the ways participants used both resources were similar, and both were perceived as highly accessible and useful. Academic library discovery systems’ perceived comprehensivenesssubjective normloyalty, and intended use were higher than Google Scholar, while Google Scholar’s perceived ease of usesystem quality, and satisfaction were higher than that of academic library discovery systems.

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