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Volunteers wanted for a library study of student research habits.

Date: 11/06/2012
Returning to Learn: Research and the Prodigal Student
Did you have a gap of four years or more in your formal education? Researchers at the Portland State University Library are looking for students like you during Winter and Spring terms to better understand the research needs of returning students. As we develop a better understanding of the research habits and challenges of students like you, the library will be better equipped to support returning students in their research. If you are a student who had a gap of at least four years in your formal education, please consider participating in one of the following activities: Focus Group – talk about research with other students for one hour. You will receive a free lunch during the focus group and may even get some ideas from your fellow students! Filmed Research Process – show how you approach a research assignment by doing research on a computer for 20 minutes and participating in a 20-minute interview. You will receive a $20 gift card for your time. Research Journal – keep a diary of your research for a specific assignment you have this term and then participate in a brief interview. You will receive a $75 Amazon gift card for your time. Photo Diary Study – take pictures of the environments in which you do research and participate in a brief interview. You will receive a $30 Amazon gift card for your time. Your participation in this study will remain confidential and you can withdraw from the study at any time. If you'd like to participate in the study, please click this link and fill out the volunteer form ( If you have any questions, please contact Meredith Farkas, Principal Investigator, at

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