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ERIC Number: ED343585
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul-30
Pages: 10
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Fostering Information Literate Students at a Medium-Sized Research Library: A Comparison of Manual and Online Searches on an Interdisciplinary Topic.
Bartolo, Laura M.; And Others
This study investigated the benefits of online research methods over manual methods for novice researchers. It was hypothesized that novice researchers who conduct online searches submit better research projects than those who use manual methods. Undergraduate students in two classes of a journalism course on "Law and Mass Communications", taught in spring 1990 and fall 1990, were required to locate and evaluate landmark judicial decisions pertaining to a particular topic on the media. Students in both classes had individual 1-hour consulting appointments with the librarian or research assistant to review manual/online searching methods in relation to their topics. Two bibliographies prepared by the students using either printed legal reference materials or online searching of the LEXIS system were analyzed to determine the number of related judicial decisions retrieved and the number of landmark decisions included in the total number. Comparison of the results for the two groups revealed a variety of reasons why novice researchers would perform better using online research methods, including ease of searching, time saved, the ability to use cases not available in their university library, and the availability of secondary materials on LEXIS. The study data are presented in two tables. The first table identifies the output variables (e.g., retrieval size and precision) of student manual searching versus student online searching, and the second table indicates the student responses to survey questionnaires about time, satisfaction, levels of confidence, ease of use, and future use of search method. (15 references) (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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