The Effect of CD-ROM Instruction on Search Operator Use

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This study reports the results of a survey of 675 CD-ROM users, obtaining data from both questionnaires and actual search strategies. One of the authors' primary concerns involved investigating the effect of prior instruction or assistance on search strategy. The authors found a statistically significant but weak relationship between prior instruction and level of search skill. Other measures such as user status, department affiliation/major, age, sex, and number of previous CD-ROM uses were compared to search skill. Only user status and department affiliation/ major were significantly correlated to search skill. Additional research is needed on the effectiveness of various types of CD-ROM instruction.