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WILU: Design Play Learn ~ Créer Jouer Apprendre

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McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


A fundamental concept that students need to understand about performing research at the college/university level is that, contrary to what they may believe or have been accustomed to thinking, the entire sum of human knowledge is not openly accessible to anyone for free via the Internet. Often times, students need to "see it to believe it" –or, more importantly, grasp it–by experiencing first-hand how the library and free web intersect. We should not assume that the divide between what is available freely on the Internet and the content provided by, and only accessible via campus libraries is automatically or commonly understood by first year students. In fact, for many students there is likely no perceivable divide at all, but rather a blurred grey area of simply “online.”