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Students Explore A New Generation of Research

Posted on 07-27-2017 by Lindsey Lambert

 From the beginning, student opinion has been a big factor in the development of the new Nexis Uni™ student research platform. As the product continues to grow and evolve, researchers at Nexis Uni have been hard at work talking to students around the country to capture what they need in a research platform, how they are using Nexis Uni and any snags they experience along the way.

One of the goals of this effort was to better understand what students are searching for and the context for conducting those searches. We also wanted to gauge initial impressions of search relevancy in Nexis Uni.

To that end, we recruited 43 students from our student user panel. Each student was offered a $10 or $25 gift card for participation in a 10 minute semi-structured interview. Over two weeks between May 31st and June 14th, 2017, we asked students recount their last search using LexisNexis Academic (and the context surrounding it) and had them demonstrate their search process via screen sharing.

We found that students were primarily searching for newspaper articles and court cases and, while specific research topics varied greatly, all of the students we talked to were conducting research on narrow topics of interest—usually by assignment. Interestingly, most students were searching broadly within their topics of interest with few pre-conceived notions of what they expected to find. We also learned that students who used any form of pre-search filtering (date ranges, content types, etc.) found their search results to be much more relevant.”

As Nexis Uni continues to evolve our research will continue more and more in depth to develop a product that is great for students, faculty and library staff alike.

Research by Bryan Campbell.

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