ERIC Number: ED328291
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
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Using "Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature" on CD-Rom To Teach Database Searching to High School Students.
Kern, Joanne F.
The lack of opportunity for high school sophomores to learn database searching was addressed by the implementation of a computerized magazine article search program. "Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature" on CD-ROM was used to train students in database searching during the time they were assigned to the library to do research papers for English classes. All students were trained to use the print index and a sample group was trained on the computer through group instruction, demonstration, observation, and a hands-on-search. Students in the sample completed user survey forms from which success was measured by articles found, student preference of search method, and the perceptions, ease of use, and success reported by the students. The results indicated that the database sample group outperformed the print index slightly in the number of articles found, and that the electronic database was generally easy for the students to use. Students nearly all considered their searches successful and preferred the database search method. It was concluded that high school students can confidently use a user-friendly database with a little training and a monitor to provide troubleshooting help. Appendices include a guide on how to search "Readers' Guide" on the computer, user survey forms, and student data. (Author)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Readers Guide to Periodical Literature
Note: Education Specialist Practicum, Nova University.