Millennial Undergraduate Research Strategies of Incoming Freshmen at Ferrum College
Instructor: Brandi Porter, Ph.D.
Students should have excellent communication skills, enjoy doing research, have a
fondness for libraries, and should be detail-oriented and savvy with technology.
This project is a follow-up to the faculty member's doctoral research on millennial
undergraduate research strategies using library and internet search engines at a large
state university. Her study was conducted in 2008-2009, and many advances in library
databases/search engines have emerged since that time. The purpose of this research
project is to examine how these advances have affected search effectiveness of incoming
freshmen at Ferrum College and whether any differences among millennial research strategies
emerge for our population of freshmen students. Specific research questions will
include: What difficulties do our freshman face in retrieving a set of library database
articles? How well do the search strategies of our millennial students work to retrieve
relevant, quality information in library databases? How do freshman millennial student
searches vary between topics and resources? Findings from this research will have
direct impact on Stanley Library's information literacy program.
Brandi Porter, Ph.D.
Dr. Brandi Porter is Director of the Stanley Library at Ferrum College. Her previous
positions include Director of the Mount Aloysisu College Library in Cresson, PA, Associate
Director of the Learning Commons at Syracuse University Library, and Director of Library
Services for Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA. Dr. Porter received her
Master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign and her Doctorate in Information Science from Nova Southeastern
University, both of which she completed through distance learning programs. Her areas
of research include millennial student search strategies, learning commons development,
and online learning communities. Dr. Porter has served as an adjunct instructor for
library management, information systems and technology, and information literacy and
If you have specific questions about this project, please contact Dr. Porter directly