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Do students study more online or in the library?

Some of the schools I am looking at have new and updated libraries while others seem kind of run down. How important is the library for studying now that so many resources are available online? #technology #studying #college


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Rafael A.’s Answer

Although both may be suitable for studying, there are times when you are in college that you need to find a quiet place to study. A library will provide such an environment.


Again, both work well and it all depends on the student, but it is good thing that both are available.


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Jason Niles’s Answer

You will need access to academic journals to write some of your papers, and you can't always access them for free online without a subscription. Your library will have paper copies of these journals and your online subscriptions for access to digital copies is often through your university library. Your librarians will also be an excellent resource in teaching you how to find the right sources for your academic work, so don't hesitate to reach out to them early and often! I guess what I'm saying is that there is a lot more to your university library than just the physical building; although, yes, the physical space is also a great resource for a quiet study space and a meeting space for your group projects.

Jason Niles recommends the following next steps:

If you have already selected a university, visit their library's website and explore the online catalog. See what journal resources are available.
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David’s Answer

That's a great question, Haley, and it's going to come down to what exactly you're needing to study. Libraries are less popular than they used to be because so many resources are now available online. However, some more specialized content may not be easily available online but may be available in print in the school's library. I've been to a few schools myself, both online and in-person, and I've personally used both. In my last school, I didn't visit the library once, but I had all the books I needed for that class and was able to access the other documents online (most schools have access to the major paper resources online, so that's a plus!). However, other schools I used the library quite a bit - if only for the fact that it was a quiet place for me to focus and do my work!


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