Obviously the analogy I suggested yesterday for encouraging undergrads to use library resources instead of Google has problems. (It was, “Why eat at McDonalds when you can eat at a five star restaurant for free?”) Objections had to do with the fact that many students like McDonalds and want their info fast and in a form that goes right through them, and wouldn’t have time to eat at a five star restaurant anyway. This is all true, but I think students would get the point of the analogy nevertheless. And regarding the impatience of students, the hurry that they are in… I’m not sure that we need to accept this, entirely, as a given, as a fact about the world, but can also treat it as a an aspect of our students’ need to be educated into what it means to be lifelong learners. Sometimes there is no substitute for patience, and there are things that can’t be had without it.
But… Here’s a question for discussion…. What do you say to students who want to search like this?