In 2018, ProQuest surveyed faculty and students about the broadening scope of content they rely on, including video, primary sources and ebooks. This year, we partnered with Library Journal to gain a different perspective – we asked librarians about the information needs and challenges facing researchers.
Now, you can see the results in a new research paper. Here are a few insights from “The Librarian’s Point of View on the Need for Varied Content Types,” jointly published in 2019 by Library Journal and ProQuest:
94% of librarians think students should seek a variety of viewpoints to build critical thinking skills
Research must go beyond the traditional journal, and different assignments require different content formats
Students should seek a variety of viewpoints but struggle with which ones to trust
Unifying access to content simplifies the administration of library resources
Multi-disciplinary and multi-format databases help users discover and use the most relevant and reliable content
Take a deep dive into this multi-faceted issue to learn how academic librarians perceive the impact of varied content when building collections for their students and faculty. Download the full report.