Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Apr: Evaluating Discovery: How tools Affect Undergraduates’ Research Practices (ASERL)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Using mixed-methods data from two universities, this presentation examines how students utilize various search and discovery systems (including Ebsco Discovery Service, Summon, Google, and Google Scholar) to identify and locate information for academic assignments. Moving beyond user needs analysis, this presentation will focus on how these tools affect students’ approaches to information evaluation and evaluates how search tools may be performing an epistemic function within students’ research practices.   Based on these conclusions, this presentation will discuss possibilities for modifying search tools to respond to students’ research practices.  These findings have been published in "College & Research Libraries" -- see the full text at: