Breakout Session: To Google or Not To Google

Elaine Settergren

Alyssa Novak

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Elaine Settergren and Alyssa Novak

Presentation Description
Searching for academic sources on Google can be a struggle. Many students aren’t even aware that their searching is flawed. Learn about issues that arise when Google (or another web search engine) is the only research tool for students. We’ll take a look at how filter bubbles and content farms can affect your search. We’ll also take a look at some of the positive features and strengths of Google. Finally, you’ll learn ways to steer your students toward the library and reliable sources. By making the library easier to use, students will be less likely to go straight to Google.

Elaine Settergren has six years of experience offering virtual reference and delivering virtual library instruction. She is currently the Online Librarian for the Globe University / Minnesota School of Business online division. Her MLIS is from the University of Pittsburgh. Elaine has presented for various conferences about online librarianship and virtual library instruction.

Alyssa Novak is the Associate Librarian for the Globe University/ Minnesota School of Business Online Division. She is a new professional and recent graduate of the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston, MA. Alyssa is also an active member of the American Library Association. She is the Continuing Education Assistant for the Association of Library Collections.
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