More Literature Review Progress…

As expected, this week was a whirlwind, with any free moment spent catching my breath!

I am in the process of narrowing down my research question based on the articles I’ve found and the information I hope to support or research further:

Right now I’m leaning towards the following question:

What impact has the evolution of mobile technologies and mobile learning had on teenagers ages 14-18, and what is the implication for use of mobile technologies/learning in public libraries?

Much of the research I’ve found includes statistics for use and creative and innovative ways that mobile devices could be used and are being used already as learning tools in schools and also how libraries can and are utilizing mobile phones as well. I’m sure that libraries can learn some things from how these devices are being used in the classroom, and vice versa.

I have the WHOLE day off on Sunday again and hope to finish it then, though I noticed that the deadline was extended until Wednesday at 8am, so no need to rush I suppose.


Literature Review

This is turning out to be much more difficult than I anticipated. All of my previous experience with literature reviews were those more similar to an annotated bibliography, where this is much more like a rough draft of a research paper.

I haven’t gotten as much done this week as I would have liked, due to the surprise of what all was entailed.

I have, however, made a very good progress in reading through all of the articles I’ve compiled throughout my research attempts and have started to organize them and possibly weed out some that are not relevant.

I have a pretty jam packed week  between my two jobs and a few doctor appointments, so I likely will not be able to work on this anymore until Friday afternoon or next Sunday!

Regardless, I now feel like I have a pretty good handle on the assignment and am moving in the right direction.

More on Recent Searching Tactics

When searching the SDCL databases last week, I utilized similar search keywords and each combination brought back a slightly different set of articles:

youth, young adult, teen
mobile phone, cell phone, smartphone, smart phone

I also added “mobile learning” into the mix since I decided that that was an interesting tangent that is very related to my topic.


I still don’t tend to come across much (if any) quantitative research on these topics, and especially when searching the SDCL databases. Since they are geared for younger students, many of the articles are less complex in nature and easier for younger minds to digest.

I intend to get a very good start on my literature review this week, if not finish it entirely. More on that very soon!!

Search Results

I actually found some really interesting articles through the SDCL databases!

Three hot areas requiring future-proof content, interoperability, and rich media –  Of E-book, Mobile App, and E-learning, BY TERI TAN

Adventures with Cell Phones, By Liz Kolb – Teachers are finding creative ways to turn the basic cell phone from a digital distraction into a versatile learning tool.

I found a number of articles with more focus on Mobile Learning, which is an interesting concept for me and I think will be great for my research!

I was able to email myself the articles, including PDF’s so I can easily refer to them and find them later. It was really fun potentially taking a step into the shoes of the youth/teens that might be using this database.

SDCL Homework Help Databases

My library has some databases geared towards students. I got the chance to poke around on them a bit at work today, but I hope to look a little more in detail now that I’m home. I think it will be interesting to utilize the databases that are actually intended for the teens/youth to use and see what sorts of results come up on my topic.

More on Abstracts…

As I mentioned in my post from last week, I was concerned that I found few to no actual research articles involving my topic. In my initial search, all I found was a study involving usage patterns of college students aged 18-54 — not exactly my target audience…. And a study about the key interface of three phones with similar menus, but different key set ups — disregarded because the phones that were studied were beyond ancient and not at all “smart.”

After some concern from my group, I e-mailed the teacher who confirmed that the abstracted articles needed to be research focused (something that wasn’t entirely clear in the assignment outline….).

I was a little frustrated that I posted my abstracts on Tuesday night, and didn’t get any type of response on them until Thursday night. So, I couldn’t get a response from the teacher until Friday morning, leaving me with VERY little time to revise my project between my loaded work schedule and the Monday night due date…. I had had the WHOLE day Thursday off of work, but couldn’t fix any of this since I hadn’t yet gotten any feedback…

Ok, enough with the venting.

I was able to get a little more creative with my search terms and find some research based articles, and though they were not directly related to teens and cell phones, they could be related in some way.

One article involved the interviewing of four teachers to gauge their perceptions of the use and role of technology in their students’ lives and the potential to use them as a learning tool.

Another article involved researching how much a particular library should prepare for “the mobile age” and incorporate mobile technologies and opportunities for their customers. This can relate because while all age ranges were surveyed, this could very much apply to the teen demographic which is seen as being highly tech savvy.

And lastly, I included the article that involved the study of usage patterns in college students that I previously overlooked.


It caused me a decent amount of stress and added pressure, but hopefully I met the needs of the assignment and in this process I have collected a TON of non-research articles for the overall literature review 🙂

Some Links to Further Explore

Here’s a Pew Research study pertaining to my topic that will likely be very useful for my research:

Teens, Cell Phones and Texting

And a Harris Poll about the impact of phones on teens’ social lives:

Cell Phones Key to Teens’ Social Lives, 47% Can Text with Eyes Closed

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