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ERIC Number: EJ1059700
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1531-2542
Google vs. the Library (Part III): Assessing the Quality of Sources Found by Undergraduates
Georgas, Helen
portal: Libraries and the Academy, v15 n1 p133-161 Jan 2015
This study assesses and compares the quality of sources found by undergraduate students when doing research using both Google and a library (federated) search tool. Thirty undergraduates were asked to find four sources (one book, two articles, and one additional source of their choosing) related to a selected research topic. Students used both Google and a federated search (resource discovery) tool to find material they believed to be relevant. Each source was evaluated for topic relevance, authority, appropriateness, and date, and assigned a total quality score. Results showed that the books found via Google were slightly higher quality than those uncovered via the federated search tool. The articles and additional sources students found via the federated search tool were slightly to moderately higher quality, respectively, than those discovered via Google.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York