Research Article: “Undergraduates’ Use of Google vs. Library Resources: A Four-Year Cohort Study” (Preprint)
The following article (approved for publication preprint) is scheduled for publication in the September 1, 2016 issue of College & Research Libraries (C&RL).
Undergraduates’ Use of Google vs. Library Resources: A Four-Year Cohort Study
California State University, Long Beach
This longitudinal study at a large public university surveyed students of the 2008 freshmen cohort over four years about their use of Web sites and library resources for their research papers. The three goals of the study were to track changes in reported research behavior over time, to see if students’ reported source choices were associated with librarian instruction and/or if they were associated with instructors’ source requirements. The study found that, as students matured, they used library resources more frequently. Librarian instruction and faculty source requirements also were associated with increased use of library resources.
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Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.