November 2023

Student Students’ Perceptions of Preprints Discovered in Google: A Window into Recognition And Evaluation

by Tara Tobin Cataldo, Ixchel M. Faniel, Amy G. Buhler, Brittany Brannon, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Samuel Putnam

Preprints play an important role in scholarly conversation. This paper examines perceptions of preprints through the lens of students using a simulated Google environment. Data were collected from 116 high school, community college, undergraduate, and graduate students with attention toward the helpfulness, credibility, and identification of preprints. Findings show preprint and peer-reviewed cues play little to no role in judging helpfulness or citability, but peer-review does when judging credibility. Further, most students did not recognize these resources as preprints. Implications and recommendations are discussed surrounding awareness and use of these openly available sources of scientific information.

This article is published in College & Research Libraries (C&RL), the official scholarly research journal of the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. C&RL is an open access journal. 

Students’ Perceptions of Preprints Discovered in Google: A Window into Recognition And Evaluation

Cataldo, Tara Tobin, Ixchel Faniel, Amy Buhler, Brittany Brannon, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, and Samuel Putnam. 2023. “Students’ Perceptions of Preprints Discovered in Google: A Window into Recognition And Evaluation.” College & Research Libraries 84, no. 1 (January): 137 – 153. https://doi.org/10.5860/crl.84.1.137.