Professional Media Reviews | June 15, 2013

Library Journal Reviews starred review The New Digital Scholar: Exploring and Enriching the Research and Writing Practices of NextGen Students. Information Today. 2013. 400p. ed. by Randall McClure & James. P. Purdy. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781573874755. $59.50. PRO MEDIA

With this collection, editors McClure (writing & linguistics, Georgia Southern Univ.) and Purdy (English, Duquesne Univ.) cast student researchers in a positive light, based in part on their output: “NextGen students write more than perhaps any generation in history.” They propose that writing teachers and librarians must meet students where they research, rethink what research is, and design assignments that capitalize on students’ strengths. The evidence supporting this approach—contributed by writing instructors, librarians, and technical professionals—is great. Sandra Jamieson and Rebecca Moore Howard found that NextGen undergraduate students have trouble paraphrasing and summarizing knowledge and rarely read beyond the first few pages of sources. They offer solutions at both the syllabus and the program level. Neil P. Baird discusses the challenges of studying born digital students and suggests a new model for instructions on research. Thomas Peele, Melissa Keith, and Sara Seely detail a successful partnership between the first-year writing program and the university library at Boise State University. VERDICT No other book makes a more effective and current argument for libraries and first-year writing programs to work together. Essential for aspiring instruction librarians, first-year writing instructors, and any professor overseeing a research assignment.—Paul Stenis, Pepperdine Univ. Lib., Malibu, CA