Library Resources | March 06, 2018
Students are heading straight to the Internet to conduct academic research for school assignments. Here are some tips to help explain why the digital research tools in your library may be more effective.
When students need to do research for a school assignment search engines are familiar and easy to access, so they usually head there first. This may be the quickest way to find the closest Starbucks, but is not always the most effective way to find dependable information from trusted sources for educational purposes. Many curriculum standards and frameworks require students to learn how to search and identify reliable digital sources. User research shows us that students are often basic researchers. They have very minimalistic skills and get frustrated easily. Here are some key points to help explain to students why they should be cautious about using web sites found through search engines to conduct academic research:
Here are some characteristics your students should look for when evaluating digital research tools:
EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) improves usage of the valuable resources libraries provide. With EDS researchers can access digital content from school or home. Print items and digital collections can be discovered with one search box and one list of results. Google Education integration options are available.
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