IU assessment librarian Andrew Asher's research on how students use new library search tools was featured in the April 21, 2014 Chronicle of Higher Education.
"As Researchers Turn to Google, Libraries Navigate the Messy World of Discovery" focuses, in part, on a study Asher began in 2011. According to the article:
"Mr. Asher, an anthropologist by training, gained notice for previous work on a five-university study of the student research process, which ran from 2008 to 2010 and used ethnographic methods to closely observe students’ habits. In 2011, he began a fresh experiment to figure out how undergraduates use the new library search tools and how they stack up against Google. The results, published last year in a College & Research Libraries paper written with Lynda M. Duke and Suzanne Wilson of Illinois Wesleyan University, shed some light on these sometimes opaque products, along with the bias issues that have dogged them."
Read the full article here.