Blazing new paths: Charting advanced researcher patterns



Document Type

Conference Presentation

Conference Title

Proceedings of the Association of College & Research Libraries Conference (ACRL 2013)


Indianapolis, IN

Conference Dates

April 10-13, 2012

Date of Presentation



"Blazing New Paths: Charting Advanced Researcher Patters" is a study by Lettie Y. Conrad and Dr. Mary M. Somerville that aims to graphically represent typical research workflows of advanced students in the social sciences during their literature review. Aiming to depict activity beyond the walls of a single academic database or website, the authors conducted original observational research and generated a Google Analytics-like flow diagram. The findings provide insights into how this type of student navigates the web and the authors offer recommendations for cross-sector ventures by publishers, libraries and related vendors to adapt their products and services to better support this important scholarly activity.