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Friday, November 6 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Discovery as Panacea: Is EDS the Solution?

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Following up on the 2012 session: “The Truth Is Out…How They Really Search,” where the presenters reported on their Google-funded study of how students do on-line research, this session will include tapes of students who are instructed to do on-line research but who must start by using the library’s discovery system before proceeding to Google or any venue of their own choice.

The presenters found eight major problems in the students’ research habits: reliance on Google, confusion within the library website, problems finding and articulating keywords, lack of Boolean understanding, impatience with longer texts, preconceived conclusions and solutions to research questions, abandonment of hierarchical thinking, and confusion between research structures. These issues will be discussed in detail. The presentation will include visual examples of student on-line research behaviors in the form of screen recordings (done with full IRB and student approval).

The session will include suggestions on how to help students solve some of these problems; however, the main objective of the session will be to share these research results with other public service librarians and faculty, in order to work together to find ways to help students find more successful and efficient ways to do on-line research. The presenters will allot time for audience feedback and discussion. Based on our experience during the 2012 presentation, we expect lively discussion to take place.


Beth Bloom

Instruction Librarian and Associate Professor, Seton Hall University
Beth Bloom, Associate Professor/Librarian II, at Seton Hall University,has an MA in Musicology, in addition to her MLS. She is liaison to the departments of art, music, women’s studies, nursing, and various health sciences. She coordinates Bibliographic Instruction and is a co-recipient... Read More →
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Marta Deyrup

Librarian and Professor, Seton Hall University
Marta Deyrup is Professor and Head of Technical Services at Seton Hall University Libraries in South Orange, New Jersey. She holds a MLS from Rutgers University and a PhD from the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University.

Friday November 6, 2015 3:30pm - 4:15pm EST
Colonial Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel