The Information Search Behavior of the Millennial Generation

By Arthur Taylor.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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Members of the Millennial generation (born after 1982) have come of age in a world filled with continuously available information from a variety of sources. Previous research has questioned their ability to filter this information and assess validity. Information search models based on previous generational cohorts may not adequately describe the search behavior of this generation. Understanding and addressing how members of this generation search for information and assess results could provide methods for improving the critical thinking skills of this generational cohort. The longitudinal study discussed in this paper involved data collection from approximately 80 millennial generation students, evaluating 758 documents during the preparation of an assigned research project. Statistically significant findings indicate that millennial generation students proceed erratically through an information search process and make limited attempts to evaluate the quality or validity of information sources.

Keywords: Information Search Process, Millennial Generation, Library Usage, Internet Searching

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp.85-98. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.170MB).

Dr. Arthur Taylor

Professor, Computer Information Systems, Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ, USA

Arthur Taylor is a professor of Computer Information Systems at Rider University. Prior to joining Rider University, he worked for over 17 years in the field of information systems. His research interests include relevance, the information search process, and computer supported education.