ebrary Releases Social Media Data from Global Student E-book Survey

Proquest’s ebrary has published the findings from their 2011 Global Student E-book Survey along with a Social Media Addendum. Over 6,500 students worldwide participated in the survey. Some of the key findings from the addendum include:

  • While 41% of students are currently using social media for research or study, 59% are not. Reasons for not using social media include that existing sites are not a reliable source of information.
  • When asked if they would use social media to share research with peers, 58% of students indicated “likely” to “very likely,” while 43% stated “unlikely.”
  • 35% students indicated they would “likely” to “very likely” pose a question to a librarian using social media, compared to 45% who would “likely” to “very likely” use social media to pose a question to faculty.
  • When asked if they would use social media to connect with students with similar academic interests, 69% stated “likely” to “very likely,” while 31% stated “unlikely.”

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