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ERIC Number: ED421733
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov-20
Pages: 42
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Attitudes toward the Use of Lexis-Nexis Research in CEDA: The Case for Limiting Its Use?
Jensen, Scott
A study assessed the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) community's attitudes regarding the use of database services in general, and LEXIS/NEXIS in particular. The study followed a review of issues relating to database research in CEDA debate. Two surveys were conducted--a mail survey to CEDA programs and a tournament survey of CEDA debaters. The mail survey asked 238 potential respondents to answer several demographic items designed to determine program budgets, activities, coaching staffs, travel patterns, access to databases, and perceptions of the quality of their library, as well as their reliance on database research; the survey also included 12 statements regarding use of LEXIS/NEXIS and other databases. Debaters were surveyed at a major tournament in 1995. Mail survey response was 71 programs, for a response rate of 29.8%. For the tournament survey, 73 useable responses were received out of 204, for a response rate of 35.8%. Programs vary in their resources, and surveys indicated that LEXIS/NEXIS has created a climate of "haves" and "have nots" within the CEDA community. The majority agreed that access to LEXIS/NEXIS places programs at a competitive advantage over programs lacking access. The respondents also agreed that forensics educators should train students in the use of online research services, since while programs and students may disagree about LEXIS/NEXIS's value, most agree that online research is an important dimension in training debaters. Dependency on databases, however, will prevent debaters from developing the range of advocacy and research abilities needed to succeed in the debate arena. (Includes 10 tables of data and five notes; contains eight references. Surveys instruments are appended.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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