Library Researcha primer for teaching assistants Ann Hemingway Information Literacy Coordinator Morisset Library
In this presentation Incoming students perceived and verified research skills Google, Google Books and Google Scholars, Wikipedia What about the library resources? Questions
The truth about incoming students’ research skills
Preliminary findings of theERIAL ProjectThe Ethnographic Research in Illinois Academic Libraries (ERIAL) project is atwo year series of ethnographic studies conducted at IllinoisWesleyan, DePaul University, Northeastern Illinois University, and theUniversity of Illinois to examine students, librarians, and professors’perceptions of libraries and each other at academic institutions in Illinois http://www.erialproject.org
Finding # 1: They may be Twitterand Facebook expertsbut their skills at searchingneed improvement Only seven out of 30 students whom anthropologists observed at Illinois Wesleyan "conducted what a librarian might consider a reasonably well-executed search," wrote Duke and Andrew Asher, an anthropology professor at Bucknell University, whom the Illinois consortium called in to lead the project. (quoted from USA Today article http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/story/2011-08-22/Study-College-students-rarely-use- librarians-expertise/50094086/1)
Finding # 2: They have a strong Mindset“Throughout the interviews, students mentioned Google 115 times -- more thantwice as many times as any other database. The prevalence of Google in studentresearch is well-documented, but the Illinois researchers found something they didnot expect: students were not very good at using Google. They were basicallyclueless about the logic underlying how the search engine organizes and displaysits results. Consequently, the students did not know how to build a search thatwould return good sources. ““Years of conditioning on Google had not endowed the Illinois Wesleyan studentswith any searching savvy to speak of, but rather had instilled them with a stuntedunderstanding of how to finely tune a search in order to home in on usablesources, concluded the ERIAL researchers.”(quoted from USA Today article http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/story/2011-08-22/Study-College-students-rarely-use-librarians-expertise/50094086/1)
Finding # 3: They don’t know that they don’t know“In a separate study of students at DePaul, Illinois-Chicago, and NortheasternIllinois, other ERIAL researchers deduced several possible reasons for this. The mostbasic was that students were just as unaware of the extent of their own informationilliteracy as everyone else. "Some students did not identify that they were havingdifficulties with which they could use help," wrote anthropologist Susan Miller andNancy Murillo, a library instruction coordinator at Northeastern Illinois. "Someoverestimated their ability or knowledge."”(quoted from USA Today article http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/story/2011-08-22/Study-College-students-rarely-use-librarians-expertise/50094086/1)
The Google FamilyAuthority, relevance and factual accuracyAdvanced Search FeaturesGoogle Scholars Good to do a quick search but fulltext is seldom available (journals, conference proceedings)Google Books Excerpts not full books. good tool to determine if the book is relevant. Pitfalls include, quoting without the context of the full book
Nature of wikipedia (collaborative writingtool)Authority, factual accuracy, sourcing
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