Youth Information Seeking Behavior

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This resource is as much a tribute to its editors and contributors, a cadre of champions who have made the study of this underrepresented group their lifework, as it is a testament to their unwavering respect for the young inquiring mind. It begins with a historical overview of the literature on children's use and understanding of electronic information systems, when these retrieval mechanisms were in their infancy. Subsequent essays by leading figures in the field, all peer-reviewed, highlight the theoretical and empirical progress that has occurred since then. Including classic papers originally published elsewhere, the result is a powerful synthesis of thought, practice, and belief. For practitioners and academics, and all those who seek to better understand the complex dynamics of information seeking among children and young adults. Deserves a place on every professional bookshelf for many years to come.
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Editorial Reviews

Reference and Research Book News
...14 essays that examine a variety of ways of understanding how youth (except for pre-linguistic children) seek, process, and use information. Presented roughly in order of children's development stages, the papers address such topics as librarian assessments of student learning in libraries; students' perceptions of using technology; children's information choices for inclusion in a hypothetical, child constructed library; learning in the digital library; domain knowledge and children's search behavior; information seeking on the Web; information behavior in adolescent decision-making for careers; and adolescents' information seeking and utilization to drugs.
School Library Journal
In a thorough, well-organized presentation of what is needed to teach research adequately, but which few if any professionals have the resources or time-mostly time-to implement, Cool introduces the topic by providing a literature review of how children learned to use electronic resources during the 1980s and `90s. What follows are a dozen studies of search behavior in various environments, including what a research library should look like from a child's perspective. The reports move from studies of early elementary through adolescence, concluding with Chelton's take on what the future portends as well as a massive bibliography (in addition to extensive notes at the end of each research report). This volume would be an excellent addition to the school library curriculum at graduate schools, but most working librarians are likely to find the enormity of what must be done, compared to the time they are allotted to do it, a depressing experience without a resident Rumpelstiltskin to perform miracles.-Mary R. Hofmann, Rivera Middle School, Merced, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810849815
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 418
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary K Chelton is Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, Queens College, NYC. Colleen Cool is Associate Professor at Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, Queens College, NYC.
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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
1 Information-Seeking Behaviors of Children Using Electronic Information Services During the Early Years: 1980-1990 1
2 Student Learning in the Library: What Library Power Librarians Say 37
3 Learning and the Digital Library 65
4 Do Scribes Learn? Copying and Information Use 95
5 Composing Boolean Search Statements: Self-Confidence, Concept Analysis, Search Logic, and Errors 119
6 "If You Don't Have It, You Can't Find It": A Close Look at Students' Perceptions of Using Technology 145
7 Children's Information Choices for Inclusion in a Hypothetical, Child-Constructed Library 181
8 Children's Information Seeking at School: Findings from a Qualitative Study 211
9 Domain Knowledge and Children's Search Behavior 241
10 Research on Children's Information Seeking on the Web 271
11 Information Seeking on the Web by Elementary School Students 293
12 Adolescent Decision-Making for Careers: An Exploration of Information Behavior 321
13 Adolescents' Information Seeking and Utilization in Relation to Drugs 353
14 Future Direction and Bibliography 387
About the Authors 399
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