[Irtalk] A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Guest Post: Why Students Prefer Google, and Why They Should Favor Teacher-Librarians

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Tue Aug 26 14:46:42 SAST 2014

Here at EasyBib, we research, discuss, and write a lot about how students
conduct research in high school and college. We are constantly analyzing
data from our 42 million users to see how they approach research, and using
that data to improve our services.

*Research shows that the overwhelming majority (96%) of students use Google
in course-related contexts*. Unfortunately, this is probably an
unsurprising statistic for many of you. School and college librarians play
an integral role in student academic success, yet students (and, from what
we’ve heard, even some fellow faculty members!) don’t take fundamental
research skills very seriously.

*Here are just a few (out of many!) reasons why students should rely on
their awesome teacher-librarians* instead of the ubiquitous search engine,
and consider basic information literacy skills and academic integrity as a
natural part of their research, writing, and education.

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