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Cues and Clues—How Students Identify Online Resources in the Face of "Container Collapse" (video)

Cues and Clues—How Students Identify Online Resources in the Face of "Container Collapse" (video)

By Brittany Brannon, Amy G. Buhler, Tara Tobin Cataldo, Christopher Cyr

This presentation focuses on the search behaviors and demographic characteristics that impact students’ ability to identify the container of resources that they retrieved from a simulated Google search and is followed by a discussion on the implications for information literacy.

Topics: Research Methods, Works in Progress

Speaking on the Record: Combining Interviews with Search Log Analysis in User Research

Speaking on the Record: Combining Interviews with Search Log Analysis in User Research

By Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Brittany Brannon, Christopher Cyr, Peggy Gallagher

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Melbourne, Australia

OCLC Research presents a novel user research methodology that combines log analysis with semi-structured interviews to determine how library users navigate the path from discovery to access. Indications are, “The methodology used for this study also could be extended beyond discovery systems. Other computerized activities that leave digital traces could be studied using interview protocols based on log analysis.”

Topics: User Research, Research Methods

Snake News or Fake News? A Game Show About How Students Evaluate Scientific Information in Google Search Results

Snake News or Fake News? A Game Show About How Students Evaluate Scientific Information in Google Search Results

By Tara Tobin Cataldo, Amy Buhler, Samuel Putnam, Christopher Cyr

2019 Charleston Conference
Charleston, SC, USA

This game show-style presentation gives an overview of a study that uses simulations of Google Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs), a think-aloud protocol, and interviews to capture student’s point of selection behavior and real-time cognition in judging the helpfulness, citability, and credibility of online resources.  

Topics: Information Literacy