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Study of Student and Faculty Habits (INAP) Reports: Anderson

Highlights of the findings of the PALNI Study of Student and Faculty Habits (Information Needs Assessment Project)


Over several mornings in October and November of 2017 researcher James Bell conducted one of the methods (interviews) in our toolkit. A total of 14 students participated in the study. You can view the report from that visit here: 

Noteworthy Findings

  • Our chief investigator for this project, James Bell, summarized his thoughts post-interviews as “Everything is about convenience.” Students chose study locations based on proximity to all of the other things they were doing and less based on the ambience of a space itself.  
  • Where are students at 3 PM? James also noted that he could not find anyone to interview once students are done with their classes for the day--they leave the main parts of campus to go study or do other tasks.
  • Multiple students mentioned seeking assistance in studying from their boyfriend or girlfriend. Librarians, however, were not a noted source for assistance with studying. This may be due to the difference in the way students think about “studying” versus “research.”