Freshman Scholars Program 2014

Millennial Undergraduate Research Strategies of Incoming Freshmen at Ferrum College

Instructor:  Brandi Porter, Ph.D.


Project Description:

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

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 communication courses.


If you have specific questions about this project, please contact Dr. Porter directly at Bporter@ferrum.edu.

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