One study conducted by ProQuest found that while traditional peer-reviewed journals were of key importance to users, they were only part of a rich set of materials researchers and faculty were tapping to conduct their work. While the importance of content diversity remains stable, the mix of content being demanded is changing. Print books continue to be the most commonly used non-journal resource, but are experiencing some decline in importance. Conversely, the importance of video and blogs has jumped significantly and e-books continue their upward trend as well. The study found that researcher use of video content has nearly doubled from 2014 to 2017 as well. Implications from this study could lead to more videos being used in education to assist in student engagement with the material and ultimately improve the learning process.
Ayling, M. (2017). Research and teaching rely on content diversity: Faculty use multiple content types in their work and they’re teaching students to look beyond journals. Ann Arbor, MI: Proquest. http://contentz.mkt5049.com/lp/43888/502958/PQ00545-003_Content_Diversity_whitepaper_0.pdf