University of New South Wales - Sydney, Australia

Journal Use & Reading Patterns - Student Survey


1. In the last 4 weeks, approximately how many scholarly articles did you read? Articles can include those found in journal issues, Web sites, or separate copies such as preprints, reprints, and other electronic or paper copies. Reading is defined as going beyond the table of contents, title, and abstract to the body of the article.

Number of articles read in the last 4 weeks: articles.

If none, skip to Section 2

2. Approximately how many of these articles were for a course?

The following questions in this section refer to the SCHOLARLY ARTICLE YOU READ MOST RECENTLY, even if you had read the article previously. Note that this last reading may not be typical, but will help us establish the range of patterns in reading.

3. What is the title of the journal from which this last article was read or, if not from a journal, what is the topic of the article?

Journal Title:
General topic of article:

4. Approximately what year was this article published/posted?

5. Please indicate your best estimate of the time in minutes that you spent reading this article most recently.

6. For what purpose(s) was this last article read? (Choose only the one best answer.)
1. This article was required reading in a course
2. I read this article to help complete a course assignment
3. This article was for my thesis or dissertation
4. I read this article to keep up with the literature
5. This article was just of personal interest
6. Other (please specify):

7. How did you initially find out about this last article you read? (Choose only the one best answer.)
1. A lecturer told me about it
2. It was in the course outline/readings list
3. Browsing a personal print subscription
4. Browsing a personal electronic subscription
5. Browsing a library print subscription
6. Browsing a library electronic subscription accessed through Sirius
           (available to UNSW users only)
7. Found while browsing a library electronic subscription accessed through the Library Resources
           Database (available to UNSW users only)
8. Browsing a print subscription copy in a school, department, unit, etc. collection
9. Browsing other electronic collection (please specify)

10. Searching an indexing/abstracting database
           (e.g., Web of Science, Medline, ERIC, Compendex)
11. Searching Web search engine
            (e.g., Google, Yahoo, AltaVista, Excite)
12. Searching Online journal collections
            (e.g., HighWire, ScienceDirect)
13. Searching the multiple database search facility on
            Sirius (available to UNSW users only)
14. Searching electronic Current awareness service
            (e.g., Current Contents)
15. Sent to me as a part of an alerting service
16. Received from a listserv or news group
17. Cited in another publication
18. Donít know or other (please specify)

8. From what source did you last read this article?
1. A university library print subscription
2. A university library electronic subscription
3. My personal print subscription
4. My personal electronic subscription
5. A print subscription located in a school department unit, etc. collection
6. Copy handed out/given in class
7. Interlibrary loan or document delivery service
8. Preprint/Reprint
9. Copy from a friend
10. Author's website
11. Other website (please specify)
12. Other (please specify)

9. In what form was the article when last read? (Choose only the one best answer.)
1. Print copy (e.g., offset print like in a journal)
2. Photocopy
3. Facsimile copy
4. Online computer screen (e.g., HTML version)
5. Previously downloaded/saved and read, on computer screen
6. Downloaded and printed (e.g., printed PDF)
7. Other (please specify)

10. Where were you when you read this article?
1. At my school/department
2. University library
3. At home
4. Travelling
5. Other (please specify)

11. How often do you visit the library building on campus?
1. More than once a week
2. More than once a month
3. 1-3 times each session
4. Never

12. How often do you visit other libraries?
1. More than once a week
2. More than once a month
3. 1-3 times each session
4. Never

13. How often do you log on to the library resources online?
1. More than once a week
2. More than once a month
3. 1-3 times each session
4. Never


14.What year are you?
1. First year undergraduate
2. Second year undergraduate
3. Third year undergraduate
4. Fourth year undergraduate
5. Honours student
6. Masters student (coursework)
7. Masters student (research)
8. PhD student
9. Other (please specify)

15a. What is your school? (e.g., marketing, history, law, civil and environmental engineering, etc.)

15b. On which campus are you located?

16. Are you a full or part time student?

17. What is your current overall weighted average mark (WAM)? (e.g., PS, CR, DN, HD)   
         Don't know

18. What is your age?

19. Gender:

20. Are you taking classes mostly:
in the classroom
via flexible delivery (e.g. WebCT)

if via flexible delivery in which city are you located?

21. Where do you live?
On campus
Within five kilometres of campus
More than five kilometres from campus

22. Do you have online access to electronic journals from home?

23. How many personal subscriptions to professional journals do you receive, including those obtained as a member of a professional society? (Personal subscriptions are those which are personally addressed to you at your home, office, or lab.)
a. Subscriptions paid myself:                                                                    
b. Free subscriptions                                                                                
c. Subscriptions purchased by grant or other source for personal use    
d. Subscriptions purchased by grant or other source for shared use       

e.How many of these are electronic subscriptions?                                  

24. Additional comments on your use of scholarly articles and how that has changed in the last few years

Thank you!

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