In my first classes of this semester, with doctoral/post-doctoral students from a variety of STEM disciplines, I began by asking them questions instead of simply lecturing, including provocative questions (Why isn’t there a global online library? Does it matter?). The students liked this.
I also asked the students to write for ten minutes about the difficulties they encounter when performing academic literature searches, and the results – while not surprising – confirm how hard it is for end users to understand why the online academic environment exists in its current form. Content here, content there, duplicated content…it defies logic.
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McKenzie, L. (2017). Sci-Hub’s cache of pirated papers is so big, subscription journals are doomed, data analyst suggests. Science News. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/07/sci-hub-s-cache-pirated-papers-so-big-subscription-journals-are-doomed-data-analyst