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Title

Leaving the Library to Google the Government: How Academic Patrons Find Government Information

Department

University Libraries

College

University Libraries

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities

Abstract

In February 2011, a survey was conducted at 11 academic depository libraries in the United States in an attempt to better understand users awareness of and preferences for government information. The surveys results show that many academic users are bypassing the library when they use government information, preferring to use general search engines, like Google. These results suggest that the current measures for the use of government information aren’t capturing the way users are searching and accessing documents.

Conference Name

ACRL2013

Conference Location

Indianapolis Indiana

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