Taylor, A. (2012) "A study of the information search behaviour of the millennial generation" Information Research, 17(1) paper 508
Statistically significant findings suggest that millennial generation Web searchers proceed erratically through an information search process, make only a limited attempt to evaluate the quality or validity of information gathered, and may perform some level of 'backfilling' or adding sources to a research project before final submission of the work.
The filter of the librarian-mediator relationship is gone and replaced by a profusion of fragmented and sometimes dubious information sources. It is within this environment that they search and gather the information they need. The results presented here provide some indication that members of the millennial generation do not consider verification of Internet sources important, indicating a non-critical view of information found on the Internet.
In January, ebrary released the results from their Global Student E-book Survey. The survey calls itself an “informal survey of students concerning their experiences with information resources” (p. 3). Once again, students trust books (particularly printed ones) the most…perhaps because of the transient nature of electronic materials (p. 6).
The survey found that students in the UK tended to use e-books more than their counterparts in other countries. Tomorrow (May 10, 2012), University College London will present ebrary’s UK-specific results at a program on E-Books and E-Content. Those interested in receiving a copy of the program can register at http://www.tfaforms.com/243949. You can also read more from the press release found in the online edition of the San Francisco Chronicle.