Study Habits By Gender At The Library

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Kendall Nelson ATH 175 Dr. Peterson November 20, 2015 Ethnographic Paper: Differences in Study Habits by Gender at King Library A library, by definition, is “a place set apart to contain books, periodicals, and other material for reading, viewing, listening, study, or reference, as a room, set of rooms, or building where books may be read or borrowed” (Merriam-Webster). However, for students at Miami University, the word “library” may have different connotations. After asking several fellow students the first word that comes to mind when someone talks about the library, the responses I received varied from the expected “books”, “study”, and “focus”, to more personal emotions such as “sad” and “depressed”. King Library, named for longtime library director and benefactor Edgar Weld King, has been the largest library and main scholarly hub at Miami University since 1966. Open 24 hours a day, you are bound to see students studying, socializing, or even sleeping at any given hour of the day in King. Comprised of four floors, including the basement, students are expected to meet the noise level expectations of each floor; students should anticipate a more relaxed and loud experience in the basement whereas the third floor maintains a level of almost absolute silence. For the past several weeks, I have been observing students and their studying habits in the basement and café area of King Library. In particular, I have been interested in how the gender of the student has an
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