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The Journal of Academic Librarianship

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Primary source research requires students to acquire specialized research skills. This paper presents results from a user study testing the effectiveness of a Web guide designed to convey the concepts behind “primary source literacy”. The study also evaluated students’ strengths and weaknesses when conducting primary source research.


Accepted version. Journal of Academic Librarianship, Vol. 35, No. 5 (September 2009): 410-420. DOI.

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Academic Librarianship. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Academic Librarianship, VOL 35, ISSUE 5, (September 2009) DOI.