Today we started a research project with our 11th Honors American Literature/Composition.    

To help facilitate the research, we set up our pathfinder to point them toward literary criticism articles on The Great Gatsby or Catcher in the Rye.Students could go to either or from the  main pathfinder page

All links work, and students have the passwords if prompted to enter them.  In addition to these resources, we have pulled nonfiction and reference books with literary criticism, too.  We also reminded students that literary criticism is generally not available for free on the world wide web; nearly all of it is accessible through print materials or research databases.  We also reminded them that Sparknotes and other similar products are not literary criticism. I thought we had made this as easy as possible.

Yet, we still had students SEARCHING GOOGLE for literary criticism!!!

What do you do with this?  How do you overcome this mentality and resistance?  It does not get any easier than the way we presented the information through!

I freely admit I am totally and completely baffled! Ideas?  Suggestions?

2 thoughts on “Headscratcher???

  1. This is an issue we deal with every day, as I am sure most librarians do, and I think the secret is rather than treating Google as the “enemy” to teach students to use it as a tool, one of many tools that they have access to. We have also structured assignments to make them resource friendly and none of the resources included Google derived sources.


  2. I agree, but I can tell you that even when we incorporate Google Books and Google Scholar into the pathfinder, students still want to “Google.”

    I don’t think we could make our pathfinders any more user friendly than the way we are using—take a look if have time.


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