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Researching Students' Information Choices: What's New

Researching Students’ Information Choices: Determining Identity and Judging Credibility in Digital Spaces


Regular Updates about the RSIC Project!

What's going on?

January 2020

Happy New Year! We are celebrating with deep dives into our data sets and preparing for our OCLC webinar in February. We are also celebrating the publication of an article in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. Check it out! 

Week of August 12, 2019

We are meeting in Gainesville, Florida this week to begin our data analysis process! It will be a week of learning about NVIVO and planning the future of RSIC. Dr. Melissa Gross from FSU iSchool will meet with us this week to talk about peritextual analysis. 

Week of June 17, 2019

We are getting ready for ALA 2019! Come see us present "Container Collapse: Student Search Choices and Implications for Information Interventions" at AASL at the American Library Association's Annual Meeting in Washington D.C., Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 4:00-5:00pm in Convention Center 145A

Week of April 3, 2019

Find links to all of our papers, presentations, and more in the University of Florida Institutional Repository at​.

Week of February 18, 2019

Busy bees around here. Coding of the graduate students is almost done! Working through the elementary students now. Our paper for ACRL 2019 is submitted and we are looking forward to presenting in April. 

Week of January 7, 2019

It's a new year and we are coding, coding, coding...

Week of November 12, 2018

The time has finally come! Members of the Analysis team have been assigned their transcripts, and it is now time for full-time coding to commence! We feel that we have prepared for any anticipated bumps in the coding road by diligently working through issues during ICR, but we know that there is always the possibility of new coding issues to arise. Once we work through those, we are confident that each team member will be able to work through their share of the 175 transcripts in a very timely fashion! We are getting closer to being able to share our results with the Information and Library communities!

Week of October 8, 2018

After some significant additions to the codebook and some adjustments to our coding procedures, we dove in to a third round of ICR. It seems to get a little easier with each round, so we are hopeful that we can begin full time coding very soon!

Week of September 10, 2018

We are nearing the end of our second round of inter-coder reliability (ICR). Hopefully, after some codebook refinements, we will be able to fully dive into coding the qualitative data we collected!

Week of August 14, 2018

Our first round of inter-coder reliability analysis has come to a close! The team has worked hard to make sure we agree on the way we should apply our comprehensive codebook to the wonderful qualitative data we collected. This round of discussion focused on an adult participant, so we plan on looking at K-12 data next. We are excited to launch into our second round of ICR!

Week of July 2, 2018

We are working through the first round of inter-coder reliability analysis! Groups are meeting to discuss disagreements in coding and make sure we are all on the same page. To reach agreement is the last step before we can start coding all of the rich qualitative data from our 176 participants! 

Week of June 18, 2018

Tara, Sam, Rachael, Lynn and Joyce are all headed to ALA! Come see our presentation at the ACRL STS Research Forum. 

Week of May 14, 2018

Our week long face-to-face team meeting was a smashing success! Four days of intensive coding training and practice has left the team anxious to dive in to ALL of the data we worked so hard to collect! The codebook is being finalized, and we are currently in discussions regarding the extent to which we want to code the data - there is just so much good stuff!

The team has submitted a proposal to present at ACRL, and are getting ready for ALA next month!

Week of April 2, 2018

We are very excited to report that we have officially completed data collection! Now it's time to code all of that precious data and get it ready for analysis. Our team members from OCLC and Rutgers University will be traveling to Gainesville next week for 4 days of intensive coding!

Week of March 19, 2018

We're going to ALA 2018! We'll be doing a short paper at the ACRL STS Research Forum where we will be sharing some preliminary results. 

Week of March 12, 2018

With only two elementary sessions left, we are very ready to celebrate the completion of data collection! We are now gearing up for data analysis; our team members from OCLC are hard at work constructing our code book, and they will be traveling to Gainesville in a few weeks to meet with us face to face so we can begin the task of coding all of the great data we have collected over the past year!

Week of February 19, 2018

We are ALMOST done! Our facilitators have been spending their evenings and weekends at the library conducting sessions (to accommodate our student participants' busy schedules), and after this coming weekend, we will be so close to completion that we can taste it! The next phase of the project is just around the bend!

Week of January 22, 2018

Elementary students are so much fun! They use quite a different vocabulary from the other groups. Have fun updating the code book, OCLC folks. :) 

Week of January 2, 2018

Happy New Year! We are off to a great start in the new year; we have nearly completed our high school cohort (25 of 30), and the middle school simulations are in full swing. We will begin recruiting our elementary students within the next week! 

Week of November 27, 2017

The middle school and elementary school pilots are looking good. We are definitely going to see some new language from these younger students. 

Week of November 6, 2017

Santa Fe College is done! That means all the adults are done! AND the elementary school simulation is ready for testing. The OCLC folks will get to start playing with the adult data while it's "all kids all the time" for the UF group.

Week of October 23, 2017

Come on Santa Fe College students! We just need 3 more of you and we'll be done. Answer that email or call us back. 

Week of October 2, 2017

Undergraduate cohort is done! And the Middle School simulation is ready for piloting. I don't think we'll be slowing down this whole Fall semester. 

Week of September 18, 2017

Hurricane Irma through us for a loop! With school cancelations and power outages and the general chaos of the storm and its aftermath, we were forced to reschedule several of our Santa Fe College sessions. We are back on track now, and working hard to complete both our Santa Fe and UF Undergraduate cohorts. We've also begun piloting our high school cohort, and hope to really get rolling with those students this week or next.

Week of September 2, 2017

Hurricane Irma is messing with our scheduling. Go away Irma!

We have just finished testing the high school simulation. A couple of tweaks and it will be ready to go. 

Week of August 14, 2017

Graduate student cohort done! 

Week of July 31, 2017

We have officially scheduled our last graduate student simulation! Once that cohort is complete, we will be in undergraduate simulation overdrive once the fall semester begins in a few weeks. In the meantime, we are beginning to facilitate sessions out at Santa Fe College, and hope to get the bulk of those completed within a few weeks!

Week of July 24, 2017

We are rolling in undergraduate sessions (yay for the popularity of Summer B classes)! We already have more than half the cohort scheduled. Next week, we start going after the community college students. We should be getting to the end of the adult simulations just in time to start the high schoolers - the build on their simulation is almost finished. 

Week of July 10, 2017

We are in the home stretch with our graduate student cohort, with only about eight simulations left to complete. We are continuing to reach out to our remaining grad students to get them in for sessions. We have also begun sending out invitations to our undergraduate cohort, and have completed two sessions with that cohort. With it being the summer session, it is difficult to reach many of undergrads, as many of them are not in town during the summer. We are proceeding nonetheless!

Week of June 26, 2017

Half the graduate student cohort is done and we are now directing our next wave of invitations to those individuals who will fill out our demographic spread.

Week of June 19, 2017

Thank goodness graduate students stick around during the summer. We have 9 sessions this week.

Rachael Elrod is preparing to present on RSIC at an ALA preconference on Friday. Good luck, Rachael!

Week of June 12, 2017

The adult simulation is done and we are raring to go! We have 4 graduate students scheduled for the week.

Favorite quotes from our amazing student participants

"There's not citations in here. So that is news." - Graduate student

"This is challenging" - Middle school student describing the identify the container task

"What's a preprint?" - asked by at least one student in every cohort

"Can't take newspapers too seriously" - High School student

"So Wikipedia, I would not choose. Well, I'm lying. I would choose Wikipedia." - Graduate student

Wikipedia is a "means to an end" - Undergraduate student

"The most useful sites are on the first page of Google" - Graduate student

"That was really cool" - Graduate student after finishing the simulation

"Newspapers are more biased these days" - Community college student

"Thank God for Springer" - Graduate student

"How could I possibly even cite a blog" - Community college student

"Wikipedia - I would trust it, but a teacher wouldn't" - Undergraduate student

"If it is peer reviewed, I’d say it’s highly credible without reading it" - Graduate student


"Being in high school, I would normally choose the first result." - High School student


"Local news is the best!" - High School student


"An encyclopedia is not something I want to get my information from." - High School student


"Sure they want headlines, but they're not going to lie to you." - High School student, referring to the New York Times


"News is not always correct or credible." - High School student


"The government gives straightforward facts and there is no bias." - High School student


"That was almost a little fun!" - High School student upon finishing the simulation





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