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Database Usage Skyrockets at SMHS

posted Jun 3, 2014, 11:10 AM by Ray Palin
Although final database usage can't be calculated for another month, it’s clear that this year saw a dramatic increase in database searching at SMHS. A total of 29936 searches were run within the library's research databases between September and May. During the previous 2012-2013 school year, a total of 19005 searches were run. While database use has increased each of the last three years, this year's 60% increase is surprising. And we're not sure what accounts for it. It might reflect a fuller implementation of SMHS’s research paper curriculum. Or perhaps it’s the result of a shift toward the Common Core State Standards and more research-based assignments. Whatever the reason, it seems that students have shifted their search habits away from Google and toward quality information sources within subscription databases. And that's a good thing.  Because, in research, as in other things in life, you often get what you pay for. See all 2013-2014 library statistics.