Thursday, January 24, 2008

Some Things the Students Said

Just a few miscellaneous observations from the "Serious Students" panel that I wrote down:
Students use the library as a quick stop between classes, to study in the evenings and for group projects on the weekends.
They think databases can be "pretty intimidating." They learn about databases "by hit or miss."
They use Google as a topic filter to see if there is information on what they are researching.
They understand that they need to evaluate Web sources but are not too clear about how this is done.
They would like more help from their professors not only in recommending databases but in helping define the scope of the assignment and preparing a workable thesis. They mentioned several times that professors assume students know how to do research.
International students have grown up with different experience of libraries, one that is more print and book based.

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