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Georgas, Helen – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2015
This study assesses and compares the quality of sources found by undergraduate students when doing research using both Google and a library (federated) search tool. Thirty undergraduates were asked to find four sources (one book, two articles, and one additional source of their choosing) related to a selected research topic. Students used both…
Descriptors: College Libraries, Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Access to Information
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Georgas, Helen – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2014
This study examines the information-seeking behavior of undergraduate students within a research context. Student searches were recorded while the participants used Google and a library (federated) search tool to find sources (one book, two articles, and one other source of their choosing) for a selected topic. The undergraduates in this study…
Descriptors: Search Strategies, Search Engines, Online Searching, Information Seeking
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Georgas, Helen – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2013
Federated searching was once touted as the library world's answer to Google, but ten years since federated searching technology's inception, how does it actually compare? This study focuses on undergraduate student preferences and perceptions when doing research using both Google and a federated search tool. Students were asked about their…
Descriptors: Internet, Undergraduate Students, Online Searching, Research Tools
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Markey, Karen; Armstrong, Annie; De Groote, Sandy; Fosmire, Michael; Fuderer, Laura; Garrett, Kelly; Georgas, Helen; Sharp, Linda; Smith, Cheri; Spaly, Michael; Warner, Joni E. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2005
A test of the effectiveness of interactive multimedia Web sites demonstrates that library users' topic knowledge was significantly greater after visiting the sites than before. Library users want more such sites about library services, their majors, and campus life generally. Librarians describe the roles they want to play on multimedia production…
Descriptors: Library Services, Multimedia Instruction, Web Sites, Distance Education