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Wednesday, November 6 • 2:00pm - 3:10pm
Snake News or Fake News? A Game Show About How Students Evaluate Scientific Information in Google Search Results

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Congratulations! Your content is showing up in Google’s search results. Now students can find you more easily. But how are they evaluating your content as they look through the results? What makes them click on your result? What role does your title and snippet wording play in their perceptions? How does source recognition affect their credibility judgments? Can they tell if your content is a book, journal or blog? If these questions sound intriguing, come learn about the findings of an IMLS-funded research project, Researching Students’ Information Choices: Determining Identity and Judging Credibility in Digital Spaces. This study uses simulations of Google Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs), a think-aloud protocol, and interviews to capture student’s point of selection behavior and real-time cognition in action. One-hundred and seventy-five students, from elementary to graduate school, searched for resources for a science assignment (the impact of the Burmese Python on the Florida Everglades) and made judgments on the helpfulness, citability and credibility of the resources. They were also asked to identify the container of the information. This presentation will focus on the judgements from the 90 higher education students in the study. Among the SERPs the students reviewed, there are e-books, e-journals, magazines, preprints, websites, and news from major publishers and aggregators as well as library institutional repositories. Since the results are fascinating and fun, we are going to bring in the fun by presenting the results in a 1980s game show format. Contestants from the audience will see if they can predict student responses from the study, so come on down!

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Tara Tobin Cataldo, MLS

Science Collections Coordinator, University of Florida
I am the Collections Coordinator at UF's Marston Science Library and subject specialist in the Biological and Life Sciences. I have been an academic librarian for 17 years and my research interests include information seeking behavior and usage patterns of library collections.
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Amy Buhler

Engineering Librarian, University of Florida
My research interests are assessment of information seeking behaviors, library instruction, and marketing of library services.
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Samuel Putnam

Engineering Librarian, University of Florida
Samuel Putnam is an engineering librarian at the University of Florida where he is liaison to mechanical and aerospace engineering and is the director of the MADE@UF XR development lab. His research focuses on innovative and multimodal instruction practices as a means to promote information... Read More →
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Christopher Cyr

Associate Research Scientist, OCLC
Chris’s research looks at the ways that public services are provided to local communities. He is interested in the contrast between services from private businesses, and services from government entities like libraries. He has looked at this contrast in diverse contexts around the... Read More →

Wednesday November 6, 2019 2:00pm - 3:10pm EST
Cypress Ballroom North, Courtyard Marriott Hotel 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401