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ERIC Number: EJ825206
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1531-2542
How Do You Know that?: An Investigation of Student Research Practices in the Digital Age
McClure, Randall; Clink, Kellian
portal: Libraries and the Academy, v9 n1 p115-132 Jan 2009
This study investigates the types of sources that English composition students use in their research essays. Unlike previous studies, this project pairs an examination of source citations with deeper analysis of source use, and both are discussed in relation to responses gathered in focus groups with participating students and teachers. The researchers examine how students negotiate locating and using source material, particularly online sources, in terms of timeliness, authority, and bias. The researchers report on how teachers struggle to introduce these concepts and how students fail to perceive authority and bias in their sources. (Contains 25 notes and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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