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Students' attitudes towards web search engines: increasing appreciation of sophisticated search strategies.

Martzoukou, Konstantina

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Web search engines have developed into widely used services and essential tools for finding Web-based information. Research has found that although users typically follow unsophisticated information-seeking patterns, they appear to be satisfied with the performance of search engines and themselves as information seekers. This paper argues that the development of information literacy skills in the context of Web search engines requires deeper understanding of the reasons underlying already established behavioural patterns. The study explored the information-seeking behaviour of sixty-six postgraduate students and examined user satisfaction through the perceptions of students about themselves as information seekers. It was found that the students were experienced Web searchers but they shared less appreciation for the value of more complex strategies in the Web environment. Although they were aware of the limitations of their information-seeking behaviour they had minimal motivation to change habitual behavioural patterns. The paper concludes that there is a need to place less emphasis on developing optimal search skills through information literacy instruction and focus on increasing motivation and appreciation of more complex search strategies.

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MARTZOUKOU, K. 2008. Students' attitudes towards web search engines: increasing appreciation of sophisticated search strategies. Libri [online], 58(3), pages 182-201. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1515/libr.2008.019

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 30, 2008
Online Publication Date Sep 30, 2008
Publication Date Jan 9, 2008
Deposit Date May 28, 2015
Publicly Available Date May 28, 2015
Journal Libri
Print ISSN 0024-2667
Electronic ISSN 1865-8423
Publisher De Gruyter Open
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 58
Issue 3
Pages 182-201
DOI https://doi.org/10.1515/libr.2008.019
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/1206

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