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Project Information Literacy released Lessons Learned: How College Students Seek Information in the Digital Age December 1, with findings from its large-scale student survey administered on six different U.S. campuses during Spring 2009.

The study found that nearly all students used course readings and Google first for course-related research, and Google and Wikipedia for everyday life research. Most used library resources, especially scholarly databases, but far fewer used library services that required interacting with librarians.

Read more from the Project Information Literacy Website. You can also click on the Publications tab at the top of their homepage and find more reports, such as the one mentioned earlier on this blog about how academic research is a painful process for most students.

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Spending hours on the net isn’t only changing the way we work, shop and socialize. A leading neurologist says it is subtly re-wiring the way we think and behave – often for the better.

Research at UCLA has revealed that just one hour of internet use per day can measurably boost brain function. This article from the Independent (UK) is an overview from UCLA researcher Dr. Gary Small’s new book iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind (Collins Living, 2008).

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