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Students Lack Research Skills (though they may not think so!)

Did you know that ...

  • Most students still use Google as their primary source of information for papers and projects? That's what they tell us year after year.
  • Most lack basic information literacy skills including the ability to:
    • Develop an appropriately scaled research topic, neither too broad nor too narrow.
    • Use scholarly information, rather than non-authoritative web-based information, to form ideas.
    • Efficiently and effectively search for appropriate information in a variety of locations (library catalog, databases, Google Scholar, suitable websites) for their research needs.
    • Understand that first attempts at searching do not always produce adequate results.
    • Evalute all resources for currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose to determine its suitableness for inclusion in their research.
    • Give credit to the original ideas of others through proper attribution and citation.
    • Synthesize ideas gathered from multiple sources to draw reasonable conclusions based on the analysis and interpretation of information.
    • Recognize that a given scholarly work may not represent the only or even the majority perspective on the issue.
    • Understand that research and writing are iterative processes.
    • Seek guidance from experts, such as librarians, researchers, and professionals on a routine basis.

What do your students need to know?

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