Beyond LibGuides: The Past, Present, and Future of Online Research Guides

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The proliferation of research guides created using the LibGuides platform has triggered extensive discussion touting their benefits for everything from assessment, engagement, and marketing, to outreach and pedagogy. However, there is at present a relative paucity of critical reflection about the product’s place in the broader informational landscape. This article is an attempt to redress this lacuna. Relying primarily on examples from the field of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies, the authors briefly describe the evolution of online research guides; identify reasons for the proliferation of Springshare’s product in academic libraries; question whether LibGuides improve learning or reinforce information inequality in higher education; and propose a way to move beyond LibGuides.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Giullian, JC; Zitser, EA

Published Date

  • October 2, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 170 - 180

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1522-9041

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1522-8886

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/15228886.2015.1094718

Citation Source

  • Scopus