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"The Great Library Hunt 50/50" came about because I noticed that while libraries (public and private) have latched on to the convenience of technology, many of our students are developing rather lazy habits of research. They begin to think that the click of a key or the tap of a mouse is the quickest, only, and best way of finding information. They have become so enamored of the computer and internet that they have started to ignore the basis of it all -- books.
I would often ask my students to go to the library and "look up" (hold that phrase in mind) information on some topic. Immediately they would go to the computers in hopes of searching and finding information that would lead them to an answer. This is not bad, but by doing this I saw two things: they thought that this was the only way of "looking up" information, and it never even occurred to them that more detailed information might be found in a book.
Ask a student to document information about a source he has found, and you will see a pale look of anxiety creep across his face. Many students don't use books for sources, today, so they don't know how to use them or cite them, in many instances.
I felt that my students had to be more aware of books in the library and so I created this "The Great Library Hunt 50/50" (ironically) to lead them to research in books -- to develop a familiarity with information in a book and some of the details they will need for citation. I appended the 50/50 to the title because the program does meet the student half way by giving hints to completing the questions in the program.