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Students at Woodridge Middle School in Peninsula, Ohio, have access to a brand new library which houses more than 10,000 items. This study examined whether students take advantage of the school library and its resources when completing school assignments. A random sample of students in grades six through eight was given a questionnaire to fill out regarding their use of the school library. They were asked how often they visited the school library, reasons why they liked to visit, which library resources they used to complete school assignments, the types of magazines and books they liked to read and where they obtained reading materials. Nearly 80% of the students visited the school library at least once or twice per week and 95% of students used the library to complete school assignments. Students most often visited the library when they went with a class or during their study hall. The most common reasons they went to the library were to work on their homework, read magazines and materials for fun, or work on the library's computers. When working on class assignments, students most often used the library's reference books and encyclopedias on CD-ROM. Lastly, 83% of the students obtained their reading materials from the Woodridge Middle School library, while 80% used their local public library. This study concludes that students are taking advantage of this library and its resources. (Contains 19 references.) (Author)

Descriptors: Assignments, Computer Uses in Education, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Questionnaires, Reference Materials, School Libraries, Student Interests, Student Needs, Student Surveys, Use Studies, Users (Information)

Autor: Oravec, Kristen D.


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