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At the recent ACRL conference, Alison Head of Project Information Literacy (PIL) presented interesting research data summarized in an infographic outlining the top five takeaways from PIL.  Based on survey results of 11,000 students from 57 colleges and universities, PIL found that

  • 66% say defining a topic is most difficult
  • 80% don’t ask librarians for help
  • 82% go to Wikipedia to obtain background

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Research examining the changed (and ever-changing) nature of user behaviors inspired the creation of the Summon service.  New research, like these takeaways from PIL, informs our continued innovation such as the new features introduced with Summon 2.0.  For example, the Summon Topic Explorer™ pane helps jump-start the research process, highlighting relevant encyclopedia entries, providing recommendations to related topics, exposing your library’s most relevant research guides, and promoting appropriate subject librarians in context.

Read more about Summon 2.0 and how we’re bringing librarians into the discovery experience.

13 May 2013

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