The behaviour of the researcher of the future (the 'Google generation')

Nicholas, David
January 2010
Art Libraries Journal;Jan2010, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p18
Academic Journal
This paper describes and evaluates the information-seeking behaviour of young people in the virtual environment. Data are drawn from aJISC/BL funded project on the future scholar and a seven-year study of the virtual scholar conducted by GIBER at University Gollege London. Hundreds of thousands of young people, mainly students, from all over the globe, are covered in the log analyses. On the basis of these data, the characteristics of their `digital footprints' are drawn, demonstrating the huge paradigm shift that has occurred in the information seeking of young scholars. The results are surprising, disturbing and challenging and the author concludes with a discussion of how information professionals and the arts and humanities community in general might best meet young people's information needs.


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