Most research begins online, not in the stacks

The growing availability of research online is beginning to alter faculty research behavior. In fact, online search is now the usual starting point among education faculty, according to Michael Spinella, executive director of JSTOR, which serves 3500 academic libraries.

As a panelist in this afternoon’s AERA Scholarly Communication session, Spinella reported that a recent JSTOR survey revealed that only about 3% of faculty begin research in the library building. About 25% start with a general search on the web via Google or Yahoo; about 28% use a library’s online catalog, and about 38% start with a specific electronic resource like a computer database.

JSTOR is an journal aggregator, not a publisher. Spinella said it offers 680 titles online now, and has about 200 more in its production pipeline, spanning many academic disciplines. JSTOR offers about 50 education-specific journals, including 6 AERA journal titles.

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