The Google Generation examines original and secondary research evidence from international sources to determine whether there is a younger generation of learners who are adopting different styles of information search behaviour from older generations as a function of their patterns of use of online technologies. The book addresses the questions: might the widespread availability and use of search engines, such as Google, give rise to a different type of scholar who seeks out and utilises online information sources and thereby develops a different orientation to learning from older generations whose information seeking practices became established initially in the offline world.

Key Features

  • Provides a one of the most comprehensive analyses yet on the evolving nature of information search behaviour
  • Combines a review of a wide range of international research evidence combined with original, cutting edge research
  • Directed towards industry end-users and policy makers as well as academics with shared scholarly interests


Scholars, teachers and students working in higher education in fields such as communications studies, information studies, library studies, media studies, and publishing

Table of Contents

Introduction; The rise of the information society; The internet era; Google generation: what is the evidence? Emergence of new forms of knowledge production, search and acquisition; The emergence of digital scholarship; What next?


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Chandos Publishing
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Reviews deserves a place at the centre of one of the key contemporary debates of librarianship and pedagogy, Journal of Librarianship and Information Science