The Google Effect

As a former certified school librarian, I was saddened, but not surprised by recent data that showed the impact of the Google Effect: today’s students don’t know how to research.

We commonly use a search engine in an initial effort to get information.  But data published in the periodical, Inside Higher Ed, shows that college students have trouble moving beyond that step if the first search isn’t successful.

The so-called Google Gap is obviously the result of a learned behavior,  although growing up in an instant gratification world might be a contributing factor.

It appears we need to teach students how to research, not merely how to click.

http://www.insidehighered.com/layout/set/print/news/2011/08/22/erial_study_of_student_research_habits_at_illinois_university_libraries_reveals_alarmingly_poor_information_literacy_and_skills

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