Thursday, July 31, 2008

Information behaviour of the researcher of the future

A new study overturns the common assumption that the ‘Google Generation' – youngsters born or brought up in the Internet age – is the most web-literate. The study carried out by the CIBER team at University College London claims that, although young people demonstrate an apparent ease and familiarity with computers, they rely heavily on search engines, view rather than read and do not possess the critical and analytical skills to assess the information that they find on the web.

The report Information Behaviour of the Researcher of the Future (PDF format; 1.67MB) also shows that research-behaviour traits that are commonly associated with younger users – impatience in search and navigation, and zero tolerance for any delay in satisfying their information needs – are now becoming the norm for all age-groups, from younger pupils and undergraduates through to professors.


Friday, July 18, 2008

PubMed - set up a MyNCBI account to organise your searches

Set up a personal account on PubMed. This will allow you to:
  • Save searches
  • Have results of regularly updated searches emailed to you
  • Save items in personal collections
What to do:
  • Go to MyNCBI and register for a new account
  • When you are happy with your search strategy, save the search and request email updates
  • Alternatively, when browsing through your search results, select items of interest by ticking the box beside the item number and choose Collections from the Send To menu
  • You can add to one collections of items or set up several collections

More information from PubMed Help


Wednesday, July 16, 2008


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