University of Washington Kindle Study – Results in

May 4th, 2011 · 1 Comment

A study of how University of Washington graduate students integrated an Amazon Kindle DX into their course reading provides the first long-term investigation of e-readers in higher education. Details on the study: The researchers interviewed 39 first-year graduate students in the UW’s Department of Computer Science & Engineering, 7 women and 32 men, ranging from […]

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Reference Extract Funding Received, Project Moving Forward

January 7th, 2011 · Comments Off

I first heard about Reference Extract back in 2008.  I thought it was a great idea then, and am glad to see this additional funding in place to keep the project moving forward.  Here is more information from the press release: DUBLIN, Ohio, January 6, 2011—The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded […]

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Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery – Q/A from Webinar

May 20th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Last week LJ and Credo Reference sponsored the webinar, Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery.  I had the pleasure of presenting at the webinar with Joe Janes from the University of Washington.  The archive of the webinar is available on the LJ site. Several questions were asked by participants which Joe and I could not […]

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Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery – webinar summary

May 11th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Today, Joe Janes from Univ. of Washington, Mike Sweet from Credo, and myself had a great conversation on reference content, student research habits, and how reference content can be more discoverable during the LJ webinar “Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery.” Joe highlighted research results from OCLC Perceptions study and 2 studies at the University […]

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Credo’s Topic Pages – a great place to start your research!

March 25th, 2010 · Comments Off

Mike Sweet, CEO of Credo Reference, gave me a tour of the new Credo Topic Pages yesterday.  What a great tool they are for background/overview information on 10,000 different topics!  The stimulus for creating the Topic Pages was context.  A University of Washington study on how students research in the digital age found that students […]

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Study on Student use of Wikipedia

March 18th, 2010 · Comments Off

Interesting study published by librarians from the University of Washington on “How Today’s Students Use Wikipedia for Course-Related Research.”  The article is online, via creative commons license (thanks to authors Alison Head and Michael Eisenberg).   One of the key findings includes what resources do students turn to for background information.  Wikipedia ranked 6th.  Above it […]

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Reference Extract – the answer to a credible search engine?

November 9th, 2008 · Comments Off

OCLC, the University of Washington, and Syracuse University are working together to create a “credible” search engine, one that offers results with preference to sites selected by librarians. According to the press release, “Reference Extract is envisioned as a Web search experience similar to those provided by the world’s most popular search engines. However, unlike […]

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