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Will the Monograph Experience a Transition to E-Only? Latest Findings.

Will the Monograph Experience a Transition to E-Only? Latest Findings. | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Although journals, other serials, and reference have made a large scale transition away from print, we must not assume that the same path will inevitably be pursued for other components of our collections. A combination of business models, reading practices, and other user needs will play the biggest role in determining the prospects for the printed monograph.
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Via Library Link of the Day: http://www.tk421.net/librarylink/

A great explanation of monographs and how to use them for research can be found on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's University Library website:
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13 Digital Research Tools For The Google Generation

13 Digital Research Tools For The Google Generation | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
13 Digital Research Tools And The Credibility Lessons They Teach
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Doug Johnson Website Plagiarism-Proofing Assignments

Doug Johnson Website Plagiarism-Proofing Assignments | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Plagiarism-Proofing Assignments
Phi Delta Kappan , March 2004

Excellent overview of how to create assessments that are, because of their authenticity and essential structures, harder for students to plagiarize. Don't miss the Research Question Rubric at the bottom. Thanks to Dan Wolotsky, Falmouth High School Librarian for this great resource.

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Students are Tech Savvy, But are Weak on Online Search Skills

Students are Tech Savvy, But are Weak on Online Search Skills | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
"Digital natives" have grown up immersed with technology, but they fall short on the skills required to conduct internet research effectively.
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Teenage Usability: Designing Teen-Targeted Websites

Teenage Usability: Designing Teen-Targeted Websites | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Teens are (over)confident in their web abilities, but they perform worse than adults. Lower reading levels, impatience, and undeveloped research skills reduce teens’ task success and require simple, relatable sites.

Via Jan Radford
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For educators, the results of this study may help us to identify the skills students require to complete online research and reading tasks.

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If you are interested in this scoop, you will also be interested in research on our target group and their use of websites.  Based on research from both USA and Australia.

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A letter to my seniors (updated) « NeverEndingSearch

A letter to my seniors (updated) « NeverEndingSearch | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

School librarian Joyce Valenza addresses the question, "What should HS students know about research by the time they graduate?" in this letter to her seniors.

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Five Handy Things You Can Do with Google's New Knowledge Graph Search

Five Handy Things You Can Do with Google's New Knowledge Graph Search | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Lifehacker suggests 5 ways Google's new feature, Knowledge Graph, can be used to help you answer questions.  Although there are some handy tips here, your librarian notices that this new Google tool does not appear to offer any features that could replace actual academic research with high quality sources such as licensed databases. Just sayin'...

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52 Changes to Google in April: Smarter, Local & More Relevant

52 Changes to Google in April: Smarter, Local & More Relevant | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"We thought there were a lot of changes in March, but April was even bigger. Google changed 52 things about its search algorithm last month. As usual, you don't need to worry about a bunch of them. But the most interesting of the latest search changes fall into three important categories: smarter, local, more relevant."

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Search Tip for Students: Try Predicting Your Search Results

Search Tip for Students: Try Predicting Your Search Results | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

We've been googling for more than a decade and now our students speak fluent database, so it's time to kick it up a notch.  If they can predict and imagine what good search results will look like, then they can truly evaluate the results they actually get.  Predicting their results will help them to design their searches more strategically--and effectively.

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How Google Impacts The Way Students Think

How Google Impacts The Way Students Think | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
When your formative years are spent working your fingers through apps and iPads, smartphones and YouTube, the digital world and its habits can bend and shape not just how you access information, but how you conceptualize it entirely. You see information differently–something that’s always accessible.

And you see knowledge as searchable, even though that’s not how it works.
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I tried to use the Internet to do historical research. It was nearly impossible.

I tried to use the Internet to do historical research. It was nearly impossible. | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
This mass of data we have, far from rendering the archive unintelligible, may give us richer and more fruitful answers. We just need to work out the right questions to ask.
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Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills

Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Many educators are explicitly teaching online research skills, such as how to evaluate a website's credibility, how to use precise keywords, and how to better mine search engines.
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This article also makes the very important point that "Librarians have a natural place in the forefront of helping students be more adept at online research."

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create Your Own Search Engine

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create Your Own Search Engine | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Richard Byrne shares some links from Google that help you understand how the search engine gets its results.  Byrne also provides a tutorial for creating a Google Custom Search (but your librarian is probably more than happy to find a collection of sites to use and create one for you--collecting web resources for a given topic is one of those services your school library is happy to provide).

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Knowledge Graph: Easy Fact Finding Allows for Deeper Search

Knowledge Graph: Easy Fact Finding Allows for Deeper Search | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Wondering how to use Google’s new Knowledge Graph?
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Students Cite YouTube, Google, Wikipedia the Most [INFOGRAPHIC]

Students Cite YouTube, Google, Wikipedia the Most [INFOGRAPHIC] | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"When doing homework, many students turn to the same websites as they do when they're surfing the web.  Four of the top ten most-cited websites on Easybib, a site used to create more than 500 million citations, are user-generated sites like Wikipedia and YouTube."

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How the Professor Who Fooled Wikipedia Got Caught by Reddit

How the Professor Who Fooled Wikipedia Got Caught by Reddit | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
T. Mills Kelly encourages his students to deceive thousands of people on the Web. This has angered many, but the experiment helps reveal the shifting nature of the truth on the Internet.  

Your librarian agrees that 21st Century information consumers and researchers need to be taught how to evaluate their online sources.

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Google Search Just Got 1,000 Times Smarter

Google Search Just Got 1,000 Times Smarter | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Google has introduced the "Knowledge Graph" — or semantic analysis — to its most fundamental tool, search. Here's what that means.
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