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Full-text databases allow Central Missouri State University's clients to access some of the serials that libraries have had to cancel due to escalating subscription costs; EbscoHost, the subject of this study, is one such database. The database is available free to all Missouri residents. A survey was designed consisting of 21 questions intended to gather information regarding students' comfort level using computers and EbscoHost; previous experience with print and electronic periodical indexes; feedback from students' assignment using EbscoHost; and their opinions and preferences. A large percentage of the respondents are in their first year at Central; most of the remaining students are in their second year. The majority of the students surveyed never used EbscoHost or they had only used it once. The primary conclusion is that instruction sessions are beneficial to most students, including those who characterize themselves as being comfortable with computers. (AEF)

Descriptors: Academic Libraries, College Students, Database Design, Databases, Higher Education, Information Sources, Information Technology, Online Searching, Periodicals, Search Strategies, Student Reaction, User Needs (Information)

Autor: Riley, Cheryl; Wales, Barbara


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