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Donna Bills

Helping children find what they need on the Internet - CNET News - 5 views

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    This arcticle outlines research Google is doing to make researching easier for children (and adults.) It describes concepts teachers and librarians can use to design successful internet researches for children.
Katie Day

News: What Students Don't Know - Inside Higher Ed - 5 views

  • The prevalence of Google in student research is well-documented, but the Illinois researchers found something they did not expect: students were not very good at using Google. They were basically clueless about the logic underlying how the research engine organizes and displays its results. Consequently, the students did not know how to build a research that would return good sources. (For instance, limiting a research to news articles, or querying specific databases such as Google Book research or Google Scholar.)
  • Librarians often have to walk that line between giving a person a fish and teaching her how to fish, proverbially speaking, says Thill. And the answer can rightly vary based on how quickly she needs a fish, whether she has the skills and coordination to competently wield a pole, and whether her ultimate goal is to become a master angler.
  • “It’s not about teaching shortcuts, it’s about teaching them not to take the long way to a goal,” says Elisa Addlesperger, a reference and instruction librarian at DePaul. “They’re taking very long, circuitous routes to their goals.… I think it embitters them and makes them hate learning.” Teaching efficiency is not a compromise of librarianship, adds Jagman; it is a value.
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    results of an ethnographic study of college students and their relationship with libraries and level of information literacy...  Quote: "In other words: Today's college students might have grown up with the language of the information age, but they do not necessarily know the grammar."
Caroline Roche

Incompetent Research Skills Curb Users' Problem Solving (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox) - 11 views

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    A good short piece about how users search, and the importance of teaching information literacy in schools
Katie Day

JURN : search over 4,000 free scholarly ejournals in the arts & humanities - 7 views

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    "A curated academic search-engine, indexing 4,201 free ejournals in the arts & humanities."
Ruth Clarke

Finding Information for Your Assignment - 1 views

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    tutorial on web searching, boolean operators,
Ruth Clarke

Web Searching - 2 views

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    Finding, evaluating and referencing information online
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