Vicky Duncan: Convincing students that googling is not enough

I work in a health sciences library serving medical students, nursing, physiotherapy, pharmacy, nutrition, kinesiology and dentistry. Many of these students already have degrees in other disciplines, and feel that they “know how to research”. When I look at their assignments, however, they are quite abysmal. They rely on keyword searching, and often have flawed searches, not quite understanding Boolean logic. Yet they are confident in their searching because they find “something”. My challenge is…how do I convince them to be more discerning when searching, and focus on quality?

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