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Student Searching Behavior and the Web: Use of Academic Resources and Google

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Title: Student Searching Behavior and the Web: Use of Academic Resources and Google
Author(s): Griffiths, Jillian R.; Brophy, Peter
Subject(s): Commercialization Internet Libraries and the World Wide Web World Wide Web
Abstract: This article reports results of two user studies of search engine use conducted to evaluate the United Kingdom’s national academic sector digital information services and projects. The results presented here focus on student searching behavior and show that commercial Internet search engines dominate students’ information-seeking strategy. Forty-five percent of students use Google as their first port of call when locating information, with the university library catalogue used by 10 percent of the sample. Results of students’ perceptions of ease of use, success, time taken to search, and reasons for stopping a search are also presented.
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In Library Trends 53(4) Spring 2005: 539-554.
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/1749
ISSN: 0024-2594
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 2005.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-07-25
 

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