"Songs of Innocence and of Experience:" Amateur Users and Digital Texts

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dc.contributor.author Visconti, Amanda
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-09T23:47:04Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-09T23:47:04Z
dc.date.issued 2010-05-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/71380
dc.description.abstract Digital texts promise to allow learning beyond that possible with traditional resources. Purpose-built digital texts are crafted for specific research purposes, with developer-users and devoted academics comprising their primary, "scholar" audience. A secondary, "amateur" audience of learners with less digital text experience also relies on theses purpose-built resources. Does the promise of new learning from digital texts extend beyond scholars to amateurs, or does the design of purpose-built digital texts, by focusing on more experienced users with direct lines of communication to digital text developers, prevent this extension of benefits? This study gauged one subgroup of amateur users' perceptions of the value of digital texts in terms of answering self-generated research queries. The participants, graduate students from the University of Michigan's information master's program, worked with a digital text and completed a survey assessing their experience of digital text features and perception of their learning success. An analysis of the survey data produces an introductory understanding of amateur users' perceptions of their digital text use, their design needs, and their success or failure at learning through digital texts. The narrative responses suggest that while the idea of new learning from digital texts is foreign to the amateur audience, their assessment of digital text features was not particularly marked by their amateur status. This result suggests that designing purpose-built digital texts to serve both digital text scholars as well as some amateur subgroups is a reasonable task. en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Digital Texts en_US
dc.subject Electronic Texts en_US
dc.subject Online Archives en_US
dc.subject Digital Archives en_US
dc.subject Research Collections en_US
dc.subject Digital Editions en_US
dc.subject Online Research en_US
dc.subject Online Learning en_US
dc.subject Information Studies en_US
dc.subject Digital Humanities en_US
dc.subject Humanities Computing en_US
dc.subject User Studies en_US
dc.subject Design en_US
dc.subject Usability en_US
dc.subject Walt Whitman en_US
dc.subject William Blake en_US
dc.subject Audiences en_US
dc.title "Songs of Innocence and of Experience:" Amateur Users and Digital Texts en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Information and Library Science
dc.subject.hlbtoplevel Social Sciences
dc.contributor.affiliationum Information, School of en_US
dc.contributor.affiliationumcampus Ann Arbor en_US
dc.description.bitstreamurl http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/2027.42/71380/1/ViscontiThesisSI.pdf
dc.owningcollname Information, School of (SI)
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