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Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Information Science. Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Human-Computer Interaction. Människa-datorinteraktion. (Nygren)
2006 (English)Report (Other scientific)
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The report describes a study in which 32 C/D level students searched for material for their thesis using the search tools Google Scholar and Metalib. Half of the subjects had prior instruction in using the tools. Results consist of answers to a questionnaire, analysis of amount and type of documents found, and time spent on different search activities. The study concludes that overall, students were not very satisfied with either tool. However, Google Scholar performed relatively better in almost all measurements. Results for both tools were improved by instruction in terms of number of documents saved (Metalib, Google Scholar) and type of document saved (Google Scholar).

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BIBSAM 2006 Dnr 63-612-2005 , 2006. , 158 p.
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Computer and Information Science Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-24373OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-24373DiVA: diva2:52147
Available from: 2007-02-05 Created: 2007-02-05

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