Reading for a Degree: A study of the Information Seeking Behaviour of the External Undergraduate Laws Programme (EULP) students

Sandra Tury, Online Services, University of London

Research team:

Carolyn Malsher, Law Librarian, University of London
Angela Boots, Assistant Librarian, University of London
Julie Arnot, Assistant Librarian, University of London

TRA2 S Tury (Final Report) [pdf, 138kb]

SUMMARY:

The Reading for a Degree Project investigated the information‐seeking behaviour of the University of London’s Distance Learning undergraduate law students.The main objectives of the study were to:

• Provide evidence for assessing the effectiveness of the Online Library’s support efforts

• Inform pedagogical policy, guide planning and decision making

•  Contribute to the development of the best practice guidelines for distance learning law libraries and legal research skills programme

The main achievements were:

• Publication of a final literature review in the areas of distance undergraduate law degree provision in the UK, Information Seeking Behaviour and Library services provision for distance learners in the UK (a separate more detailed report outlining the methodology and containing the literature review is available separately).

• An analysis of the information needs of the University of London’s External Laws students

• An evaluation of the effectiveness of the online library service by reference to students’information needs.

• Recommendations: the need for a new set of guidelines for the provision of Law information resources at degree level to be produced with a view to informing the use of electronic resources and appropriate information skills training for both campus‐based and distance‐learning students.

• Contribution to informing the future development of a library service that meets the information needs of the University’s distance‐learning students.


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