Into the Wild: Undergraduates & Research

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What Project Information Literacy can teach us

DePaul University Libraries Staff Training
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Into the Wild: Undergraduates & Research

  1. 1. Into the wild:<br />undergraduates & research <br />What Project Information Literacy can tell us<br />July 30, 2010<br />
  2. 2. Project Information Literacy<br />http://projectinfolit.org/<br />
  3. 3. Our mutual friend<br />…the argument paper<br />
  4. 4. 87%:<br />NO MENTION<br />…of librarians <br />6 in 10 handouts recommended going to the shelves<br />Plagiarism…<br />83% of handouts called for the standard research paper.<br />14% directed to online databases<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/amypalko/2376874807/<br />
  5. 5. 1. Big Picture<br />2. Language<br />4. Information<br />Gathering<br />Results<br />3. Situational<br />
  6. 6. 1. Big Picture<br />Background for defining and selecting a topic<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/krossbow/3279873902/<br />
  7. 7. Figuring out what words & terms associated with a topic might mean<br />2. Language<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/markjtaylor/2460099436/<br />
  8. 8. Gauging how far to go with research, based on surrounding circumstances<br />3. Situational<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/mwichary/2842364522/<br />
  9. 9. 4. Information<br />Gathering<br />Finding, accessing, and securing relevant research resources<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/rpt/4412094585/<br />
  10. 10. +<br />But which is which?<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/khiltscher/3449254253/<br />
  11. 11. “I need to find my course readings.” <br />“Maybe I'll look in JSTOR or EBSCO.”<br />“Dear Professor, I have a question.”<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadsidepictures/2637167476/<br />
  12. 12. Figuring out what words & terms associated with a topic might mean<br />2. Language<br />More than 1.5x more likely to consult librarian<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/elycefeliz/3199065486/<br />
  13. 13. http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/3561662932/<br />“Few respondents made use of librarians.”<br />
  14. 14. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mayeve/2312167749/<br />Students<br />Efficiency<br />Librarians<br />Thoroughness<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/tshirbert/4757849768/<br />
  15. 15. consensus<br />brevity<br />currency<br />Students’ Holy Grail<br />
  16. 16. Old Faithful?<br />“Almost all respondents relied on the same few information sources.”<br />
  17. 17. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/44951271/<br />In Google We Trust<br />
  18. 18. http://www.flickr.com/photos/antiuser/2520557102/<br />
  19. 19. http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/3561662932/<br />“When [other] ways fail, I’ll go bug a librarian. But otherwise it just seems like there are resources to be used, rather than taking up someone’s time.”<br />
  20. 20. Overall 60% stated they would get in touch with a person<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/19779889@N00/3586349766/<br />
  21. 21. 1. Big Picture<br />Students majoring in sciences more than 1.5x MORE likely to consult than social science majors <br />“Wikipedia tells me what’s what.”<br />
  22. 22. Google, Wikipedia, friends … <br />But also<br />scholarly databases, instructors, library shelves<br />
  23. 23. NO YES NO NO NONO NO NO YES NO<br />
  24. 24. http://www.flickr.com/photos/alykat/175071031/<br />4. Information<br />Gathering<br />Finding, accessing, and securing relevant research resources<br />Slightly less than 1.5x MORElikely to consult librarian<br />
  25. 25. More respondents in 4 yr institutions reported they were<br />LESS LIKELY <br />to use a librarian than those in 2 year institutions.<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/3561662932/<br />
  26. 26. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thejosephboys/3872148340/<br />I was going to mention this earlier.<br />
  27. 27. http://www.flickr.com/photos/topgold/405559786/<br />
  28. 28. Source Data<br />“Trust Online: Young Adults’ Evaluation of Web Content.” International Journal of Communications. July 2010. http://ijoc.org/ojs/index.php/ijoc/article/view/636/423 <br />"Assigning Inquiry: How Handouts for Research Assignments Guide Today's College Students.“ July 2010.<br />http://projectinfolit.org/pdfs/PIL_Handout_Study_finalvJuly_2010.pdf<br />“How today’s college students use Wikipedia for course-related research.” First Monday. March 2010.<br />http://www.uic.edu/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/2830/2476<br />“Lessons Learned: How College Students Seek Information in the Digital Age.” December 2009. http://projectinfolit.org/pdfs/PIL_Fall2009_finalv_YR1_12_2009v2.pdf<br />project info lit<br />

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