Thursday, November 7 • 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Documenting students’ research journeys: Students’ experiences searching with Google vs. Yewno’s Discover platform

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Our undergraduate students’ struggle to develop their topics for research papers, including identifying relevant keywords for searching, and evaluating resources, specifically determining what is scholarly and what is not scholarly. Library staff struggle with helping students improve these skills because data regarding their actual search behaviors (specifically their search pathway – i.e. they searched for this, clicked this result, went backwards to choose another result, searched again, etc…) has been limited. In this case presentation, we will share how we compared students’ experiences conducting research with Google and with Yewno’s Discover platform by having students journal their search journeys. This journaling included students’ reflections on searching in Google and in Yewno Discover and how each tool supported or challenged their search journey. Suggestions for conducting similar research at other institutions will be shared, as well as a “Search Journey Reflection” template.

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Monica Rysavy

Director of Course Operations, Forte Labs
Monica D.T. Rysavy, Ph.D. is the Director of Institutional Research and Training for Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Delaware. In this role she leads all institutional research and data analysis projects for the College. Her office provides faculty and staff training support... Read More →
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Russell Michalak

Library Director, Goldey-Beacom College
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Ruth Pickering

Co-Founder / Chief BD and Strategy Officer, Yewno
Ruth has worked for both blue-chip corporations and startups and has extensive experience across product development, program management and strategy. With experience as a managing director of large organizations, Pickering has managed both strategic planning and execution of multiple... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:10pm EST
Cooper Room, Courtyard Marriott Hotel 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401