Value for Money

By Else Marie Hansen & Thomas Kaarsted

Tendencies in connection with grades
Two general tendencies both point to a positive connection between grades, library use and students’ finishing their study.

First: the students doing their Master’s degree who get high grades (10 or 12) tend to use printed and electronic materials to a greater extent than those who get lower grades. This tendency fits in with an international pattern.

Secondly: there are clear differences in the use of library materials between the five faculties. Master’s students from the Humanities use the printed materials at the Library to the greatest extent. Master’s students from the Faculty of Health are those who use the electronic resources most. If we look more closely at the Faculty of Health, the survey shows that the Master’s students who got the highest possible mark (12) used the printed materials at the Library least of all students.

Tendencies in connection with library use
The survey also shows something about the use of library materials among all students at the bachelor and master’s levels. Four tendencies can be seen immediately:
1) Master’s students use the electronic materials far more than bachelor students. They also use the printed materials more than bachelor students, but this tendency is not as strong.
2) The total use of the Library’s materials is rising slightly. This is mainly due to an increase in the use of electronic materials.
3) The use of electronic materials is almost one-third larger than the use of printed materials.
4) There are clear differences between the five faculties at SDU: students from the faculties of Health, Natural Studies, and Engineering prefer electronic materials to printed ones compared to students from the Humanities and Social Sciences, where the tendency is not so strong.

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