Newsflash: Students Don’t Like Library Databases

Back in my library school days, I used to work as a library instruction assistant at the IU Undergrad Library. This meant that I locked myself in a computer lab with 25 or so disgruntled undergrad students and tried to show them joys of OPACs and library databases. I felt like I occasionally made a difference, especially when I would show them my Dr. Martin Luther King internet search example (click on, but for the most part I was faced with bored indifference.

Or so I thought.

Not only are undergrad students not really impressed with library databases, they actually hate them. Some enterprising young souls actually took the time to create a Facebook group to announce to the world that they think EBSCO sucks. Here are some choice quotes from the group:

my lit teacher made us do this huge project and he wasnt letting us use anything toher than the links on the library website. its pretty much impossible seeing as ebsco was liket he only thing there.

screw him. i used google.
and wikipedia.

And from a discussion titled “google is the shit”:

that crazy librarian lady is always like random people post incorect information on google and ebsco is always right/// who just like sits at home and is like alright ill just go ahead and pay money to have a web address for a bunch of made up shit i just came up with to throw off kids on high school reserch papers!!! i always find exactly what i need in like the first 3 serch results.

Ah, the innocence of youth. The funny thing is, I actually know of someone who posts incorrect stuff on Wikipedia just be a jerk. In the same conversation, someone tries to be a voice of…well, I can’t say reason, but shows why it’s not just jerks that post incorrect information:

when people aren’t aware that they are wrong, it happens and they make their websites. Most of the sites they talk about when they say google isn’t always accurate are geocities or similar hosts where it’s free and people just post ideas claiming that they are facts. and don’t get me wrong, i can’t stand ebsco because of all the irrelevant BS it gives you even when you use the most specific advanced search, but you need to take a lot of sites with a grain of salt, and while i read articles on wikipedia all the time, don’t ever think that is 100% unquestionable truth (i’ve seen so many errors in dates and even names that it really makes me wonder how the site is popular, but then i remember its so damn easy to find stuff).

Yep. Dropping the $20 to G0Daddy for a domain name is the guaranteer of accuracy.

I have to go put my head down now.

ETA: They don’t like databases, but they also don’t want us to buy books anymore.  I’m so confused!


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