This quantitative study compared a print pathfinder and a web-based research tool in library instruction for two sections of a first-year business course. The traditional print pathfinder received higher ratings on use, ease of use, and helpfulness, but both tools resulted in students citing a similar number of recommended sources.


First published as: Magi, T. (2003). What's best for students: Comparing the effectiveness of a traditional print pathfinder and a Web-based research tool. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 3(4), 671-686. D.O.I. 10.1353/pla.2003.0090

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library, libraries, library instruction, information literacy, students

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