Information Search Habits of First Year College Students

Information Search Habits of First Year College Students

Higinio Mora-Mora (Department of Computer Technology and Computation, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain), María Teresa Signes-Pont (Department of Computer Technology and Computation, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain) and Gregorio De Miguel Casado (Department of Computer Science and Systems, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/IJKSR.2014100103
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Abstract

New technologies have transformed teaching processes and enabled new ways of study and learning. In these activities, it is suspected that the students don't make good use of new available technologies or, in the best case, they are underused. The analysis of this issue with the design of strategies to correct any defects found is the motivation that supports the development of this work and the main purpose of it. Evaluate information search habits used by the student and analyse their deduct synthesis and processing capabilities of the results found. The researchers of this study are university teachers of first year subjects, which allows them to know the information search performances by students.
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There are many previous studies that analyse the researching processes on the Internet by the users, both at university as non-university. These projects try to extract the keys that remark the differences between the time spent on the research, used filters and number of queries performed (Spink & Jansen, 2004; Efthimiadis, 2009; Hess, 1999; Hwang et al., 2007). Some of the conclusions of these studies are discussed below. The big amount of information abatable on the Internet requires of a certain quantity of ability to obtain the expected results. One of the key aspects to success on this task is having the mental and conceptual schemas necessaries to orient the research with the proper key words (Brandt, 1997; Uden et al., 2001). These characteristics increase basically based on the experience, and with it, the results are simplified and increases the efficiency in the process (Perrochon, 1997; Munro & Kwon, 1997; Newsweek, 2010; Song & Salvendy, 2003).

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