How Do Psychology Students Use Web-based Information? Trends & Implications From a Descriptive Study
North American Journal of Psychology
In the present study, we examined the trends for citing Web-based information in undergraduate-authored publications. An examination of 276 articles from three different undergraduate journals published between 1999 and 2008 revealed several interesting trends: 1) the use of Web-based information has increased over time, 2) many (41%) of the Web-based sources are non-authoritative, and 3) the majority (53%) of Web-based sources' URLs were inactive. The results expanded on the external validity of previous research, showing that undergraduate authors in psychology are at risk for citing non-authoritative, untraceable Web-based information. Further implications for the field of psychology and the current methods for educating undergraduates about citing Webbased information, are discussed.
Naufel, Karen Z., K. K. Briley, L. K. Harackiewicz, A. S. Johnson, K. P. Marzec, Michael Nielsen.
"How Do Psychology Students Use Web-based Information? Trends & Implications From a Descriptive Study."
North American Journal of Psychology, 12 (1): 1-14.