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A post in the What Researchers Need series.
While traditional peer-reviewed journal content remains a staple resource for researchers, a recent ProQuest survey indicates that research and teaching is informed by a diverse mix of content types.
In the years between ProQuest’s surveys, videos have made a dramatic climb in popularity. In 2014, only 39% of respondents were using video for educational purposes. In 2017, among the 410 surveyed, usage of video had almost doubled to 71%.
In the digital age, video is omnipresent. Available through an endless number of services, streaming on a variety of devices, video is simply a part of everyday life. Students and scholars are used to it and they expect to have access to it.
A June 2016 market report from Outsell on “Video in Education” outlines some of the advantages of providing video content to students:
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Find out more about the changing information needs of researchers.