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Paths of Discovery: Comparing the Search effectiveness of EBSCO Discovery Service, Summon, Google Scholar, and Conventional Library Resources

College and Research Libraries [July 2013]


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Abstract: In 2011, researchers at Bucknell University and Illinois Wesleyan University compared the search efficacy of Serial Solutions Summon, EBSCO Discovery Service, Google Scholar and conventional library databases. Using a mixed-methods approach, qualitative and quantitative data was gathered on studentsí usage of these tools. Regardless of the search system, students exhibited a marked inability to effectively evaluate sources and a heavy reliance on default search settings. On the quantitative benchmarks measured by this study, the EBSCO Discovery Service tool outperformed the other search systems in almost every category. This article describes these results and makes recommendations for libraries considering these tools.

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Publication Year:2013
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: College and Research Libraries
Issue:July 2013
Publisher:College and Research Libraries
Notes:Andrew D. Asher Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow for Scholarly Communications The Bertrand Library, Bucknell University Lynda M. Duke Academic Outreach Librarian, Associate Professor The Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University Suzanne Wilson Library Technology and Resources Director The Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University Accepted: April 15, 2012 Anticipated Publication Date: July 2013 Manuscript#: crl-374
Products: EBSCO Discovery Service
Google Scholar
Subject: Discovery Services
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Record Number:18914
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Date Created:2014-02-05 11:59:07