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Table 1 Comparison of gender preferences about study resources (students had the choice to select more than one item)

From: Medical students’ preferences towards learning resources and their study habits at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Statements Gender P-value
Male Female
N (%) N (%)
Medical textbook
 Very rarely 31 (52.5) 28 (47.5) .001
 Occasionally 45 (34.1) 87 (65.9)
 Never 11 (57.9) 8 (42.1)
 Most of time 33 (29.2) 80 (79.8)
 Always 3 (12.5) 21 (87.5)
Essential version of a basic medical text book
 Very rarely 33 (39.3) 51 (60.7) .000*
 Occasionally 46 (34.6) 87 (65.4)
 Never 16 (72.7) 6 (27.3)
 Most of time 19 (22.1) 67 (77.9)
 Always 9 (40.9) 13 (59.1)
Online sources
 Very rarely 19 (52.8) 17 (47.2) .139
 Occasionally 27 (32.5) 56 (67.5)
 Never 8 (47.1) 9 (52.9)
 Most of time 39 (31.5) 85 (68.5)
 Always 30 (34.5) 57 (65.5)
Online version of textbook
 Very rarely 23 (34.3) 44 (65.7) .826
 Occasionally 36 (31.9) 77 (68.1)
 Never 16 (41) 23 (59)
 Most of time 34 (38.2) 55 (61.8)
 Always 14 (35.9) 25 (64.1)
Online journal article
 Very rarely 29 (27.4) 77 (72.6) .101
 Occasionally 34 (34.3) 65 (65.7)
 Never 25 (37.3) 42 (62.7)
 Most of time 26 (49.1) 27 (50.9)
 Always 9 (40.9) 13 (59.1)
Medical websites
 Very rarely 17 (43.6) 22 (56.4) .652
 Occasionally 24 (30) 56 (70)
 Never 9 (39.1) 14 (60.9)
 Most of time 45 (34.6) 85 (65.4)
 Always 28 (37.3) 47 (62.7)
Pocketbooks
 Very rarely 35 (44.3) 44 (55.7) .001
 Occasionally 25 (23.8) 80 (76.2)
 Never 37 (51.4) 35 (48.6)
 Most of time 19 (27.5) 50 (72.5)
 Always 7 (31.8) 15 (68.2)
Journal articles (print version)
 Very rarely 24 (23.3) 79 (76.7) .008
 Occasionally 26 (39.4) 40 (60.6)
 Never 39 (35.8) 70 (64.2)
 Most of time 22 (45.8) 26 (54.2)
 Always 12 (57.1) 9 (42.9)
Lecture handouts
 Very rarely 8 (33.3) 16 (66.7) .001
 Occasionally 16 (26.2) 45 (73.8)
 Never 12 (70.6) 5 (29.4)
 Most of time 35 (27.1) 94 (72.9)
 Always 52 (44.8) 64 (55.2)
Test preparation textbooks
 Very rarely 23 (35.9) 41 (64.1) .687
 Occasionally 40 (36.4) 70 (63.6)
 Never 23 (36.5) 40 (63.5)
 Most of time 18 (28.1) 46 (71.9)
 Always 19 (41.3) 27 (58.7)
Lecture notes taken in the class
 Very rarely 15 (34.1) 29 (65.9) .230
 Occasionally 18 (28.6) 45 (71.4)
 Never 8 (47.1) 9 (52.9)
 Most of time 36 (31.3) 79 (68.7)
 Always 46 (42.6) 62 (57.4)