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Best Practices: Do users ever read whole thing

Do users ever read whole thing?

Yes, but only when --

  • they are highly motivated to get the information.
  • the goal is to get extended information, like a report.

If it is long, they are likely to print it out to read it.

  • It's easier to read from paper than from the screen.
  • We see much less at a time on the screen than on paper.

Layer the details

  • Put brief info on a higher level.
  • Link to details on a deeper level.

More Information if they ask!

Users read whole passages when they are highly motivated to get the information or the goal is to get extended information.

No: Yes, link to detailed information:

The first step in the information seeking process is brainstorming. Spend a few minutes thinking about your topic, considering exactly what it is you are looking for information about. I suggest using a sheet of paper and mapping out your topic, using columns to define your search terms, listing as many synonyms (words that mean the same thing, but are spelled differently) as you can for each concept in your topic.

Why? Because when you start searching databases, you want to have a list of terms to plug into your search, to ensure you are thorough in your searching.

  • Try to think of variant spelling (color versus colour, or behavior versus behaviour, for example)
  • Consider singular versus plural spelling (child versus children versus childrens)
  • Synonyms: intoxication, drunkenness, inebriated, drunk, alcoholism, etc.

Trust me. Investing 5-10 minutes brainstorming will pay dividends when you begin your search, and it can save you time as well..

Search for Articles

Not finding it? Try my Database Search Tips!

No: Yes, uses read more link:

Members of the OSU community interested in borrowing library materials not held by the OSU Libraries should contact the Interlibrary Borrowing Service.

Document Services lends original materials owned by the OSU Libraries to other institutions. It also provides photocopies, including copies of dissertations and theses.

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