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Into the Wild: Undergraduates & Research


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What Project Information Literacy can teach us

DePaul University Libraries Staff Training
July 30 2010

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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 /><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 /><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 /><br />
  7. 7. Figuring out what words & terms associated with a topic might mean<br />2. Language<br /><br />
  8. 8. Gauging how far to go with research, based on surrounding circumstances<br />3. Situational<br /><br />
  9. 9. 4. Information<br />Gathering<br />Finding, accessing, and securing relevant research resources<br /><br />
  10. 10. +<br />But which is which?<br /><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 /><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 /><br />
  13. 13.<br />“Few respondents made use of librarians.”<br />
  14. 14.<br />Students<br />Efficiency<br />Librarians<br />Thoroughness<br /><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.<br />In Google We Trust<br />
  18. 18.<br />
  19. 19.<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 /><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.<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 /><br />
  26. 26.<br />I was going to mention this earlier.<br />
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  28. 28. Source Data<br />“Trust Online: Young Adults’ Evaluation of Web Content.” International Journal of Communications. July 2010. <br />"Assigning Inquiry: How Handouts for Research Assignments Guide Today's College Students.“ July 2010.<br /><br />“How today’s college students use Wikipedia for course-related research.” First Monday. March 2010.<br /><br />“Lessons Learned: How College Students Seek Information in the Digital Age.” December 2009.<br />project info lit<br />