Understanding Rationale for Selection of Electronic Versus Physical Textbooks by College Students

Open Access
Freda, Nicholas R
Area of Honors:
Information Sciences and Technology
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Steven Raymond Haynes, Thesis Supervisor
  • Steven Raymond Haynes, Honors Advisor
  • Erika S Poole, Faculty Reader
  • Textbooks
  • e-books
  • Electronic textbooks
  • e-readers
  • tablets
This survey study will examine the utilization and effectiveness of note-taking tools in college students using electronic document readers and touch-enabled devices. Prior research has been limited in scope and detail and prompted a need for further research. Earlier information suggests that price and convenience are motivating factors for device and title purchase, but make few claims about utilization of note-taking tools. The primary objective of this study is to gain insight into students’ rationale when selecting the electronic medium for their textbooks as well as the effect that this selection has on their understanding. Surveys will be used to gather information and will serve as the primary form of data collection. Chi-square, Yates’ correction, and Fisher’s Exact test will all serve as statistical measures to analyze the data.