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The researcher questioned if school library media specialists could use general purpose database programs to introduce online skills to students. Using 10 database programs, software recommended for student use in educational articles, the researcher analyzed the programs for the 27 online search features, 11 online printing features, and 10 other online features. Grouping the programs into two grade levels, grades 3-6 and 7-adult, the researcher calculated the number and percentage of online features each program contain5and the number and percentage of programs with a particular feature. The individual program analysis of the five database programs for grades 3-6 found that the programs contain from 26 to 70 percent of the online search features, 45 to 91 percent of the online printing features, and 40 to 70 percent of the other online features. Sixty percent of the programs for grades 3-6 include 9 or more of the online search features while 100 percent of the programs include 5 or more of the online printing features and 4 or more of the other online features. The individual program analysis of the five database programs for grades 7-adult found that the programs contain from 33 to 66 percent of the online search features, 55 to 91 percent of the online printing features, and 30 to 70 percent of the other online features. Eighty percent of the programs for grades 7-adult include 17 or more of the online search features, 10 of the online printing features, and 5 or more of the other online features. The researcher concluded that school library media specialists could introduce a variety of online skills to students in grades 3-12 using general purpose database programs; the number and types of skills will vary with the program used.

Year of Submission

1986

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Department of Library Science

First Advisor

Elizabeth Martin

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Date Original

7-1986

Object Description

1 PDF file (iii, 109 pages)

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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