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Andrew Asher, Scholarly Communications Fellow, Bucknell University
This poster presents the results of a study comparing the relative effectiveness of web-scale discovery tools, Google Scholar, and library databases. Using qualitative and quantitative measures of search efficacy, this study examined the information-seeking behaviors of undergraduates at two universities on four research questions. Based on this analysis, this poster argues that differences in search tool design have a determinative effect on the information students find and utilize and directly influence student’s educational outcomes.