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Library and Information Science


If we are to develop library services that meet the expectations of our patrons in this changing technological environment, we must first understand how they currently interact with our information services and systems. This paper presents preliminary results from a qualitative study that elicits perspectives of undergraduates engaged in writing research papers. Because this study has been in progress since the early nineties, results also reflect ways in which technological advances such as the Internet may have altered strategies. Findings highlight some commonly used information gathering strategies, issues which impact motivation and use of time, and sources of help students consult most often in the process. Implications and recommendations for librarians conclude the paper.

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Original Citation

Barbara Valentine
Students versus the research paper: What can we learn?
In Racing Toward Tomorrow: Proceedings of the Ninth National Conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries, edited by Hugh A. Thompson
1999, pages 380-389, Association of College and Research Libraries: Chicago



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