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


On April 23rd, 2019, the Information Needs Assessment Project Team visited DePauw University and conducted two of the methods (interviews and photo collage) in our toolkit. A total of 19 students participated in the study. You can view the report from that visit here:

Noteworthy Findings

  • DePauw students LOVE tables. They mentioned them 58 times!
  • Students gravitated toward photos of nature and the outdoors when describing their ideal study spaces, but rarely described an actual spot in nature where they would study.
  • Librarians were frequently mentioned as places to get research help.
  • Students, on average, purchased or rented 50-75% of the required textbooks for their classes.
  • Unique to DePauw, students noted that they sought out cubicles for a quiet study space.
  • When asked to describe their ideal study space, students did not describe group study spaces.