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Library Resources for Faculty: Collections

Research: Library Collections and Student Success:

Reno, L. (2017). Mistakes Were Made: Strict Curricular Focus and Student Retention in Academic Libraries. Codex (2150-086X), 4(3), 39–63.

" The author asserts that, by providing leisure materials to students, the academic library can help to improve rates of student success, thereby bolstering retention. Leisure reading has been shown to reduce stress, which is one of the many causes linked to students dropping out of school. It is also more likely that students will read this type of material if they are within close proximity of a leisure reading collection. Library use is linked with student success and it is possible that leisure reading could draw students to the library and make them feel more comfortable using it. Reading itself is also linked with academic success. This paper examines the cyclical relationship between leisure reading and student retention and argues that such reading materials should be part of a collection that provides holistic support to students and not merely curricular support."

Wexelbaum, R., & Kille, M. A. (2012). The Relationship Between Collection Strength and Student Achievement. Advances in Librarianship, 35, 113–132.

(link goes to the St. Cloud State University Repository)

"The findings from a review of standards and existing library literature indicated that student use of library collections depends on faculty perceptions of the library and whether they require students to use library resources and services for their research papers. Through marketing strategies, improvement of student awareness of collections and library services, the chapter concludes that multiple collection-related factors influence the academic success of students, not just the size and importance of library collections per se."

COD Library Collections

COD is lucky to have an extensive print and online collection of resources available for our community.  These collections include books (print, ebooks and audiobooks), streaming videos, magazines, journals, newspapers, and special collections. Our Research Guides pull together in one place many different types of resources on a subject or topic. Because we seek to meet the holistic needs of our users, our collections address academic as well as personal and for-pleasure needs.

To learn more about our physical collections (including maps), visit our Using the Library: Library Collections page

To learn more about our online collections, visit our Using the Library: Online Collections page

Research Guides--Gateways to Subject-Specific Resources

Research Guides provide information and links to the most useful resources on a topic, subject, or academic discipline. Use research guides to find print and electronic reference sources, articles, journals, databases, books, newspapers, streaming videos, web sites (and so much more) related to your subject area, program or class project. The guides help you to find, evaluate and cite resources. In a world of abundant information resources, COD's discipline librarians created our research guides to save you time and energy!

Go to our Research Guide Index to select your subject from the A-Z list or search for a guide by discipline.

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