ebrary's global student survey

ebrary has made its 2011 Global student ebook survey available free of charge.

The survey, carried out in September-October of 2011 asked students about their use of information resources and follows on from a survey carried out in 2008.  More than 6300 responses were received.

Increases in usage between surveys

  • Lecture recordings (up 16% from 2008)
  • Course management systems (up 13%)
  • Google Scholar (up 9%)
  • Podcasts (up 8%)
  • Print textbooks (up 8%)

Trustworthiness of information

  • When it comes to assessing the quality of information students rely on instructor recommendations. 
  • The numbers who rely on recommendations from librarians has increased by 10% to 77%.

The 'starting point' for ebooks

The library website has decreased in importance for those accessing ebooks (dropping from 74% to 65%) with Google Scholar and course management systems increasing in importance. 

The full survey is available to read here.