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Learning the Ropes: How First-Year Students Conduct Course Research Once They Enter College

Findings are presenting about the challenges today's college freshmen face, and the information-seeking strategies they develop, use, and adapt as they make the transition from high school to college and begin to complete college-level research assignments.  Key findings include:

  • a majority of freshmen find it difficult to effectively search academic library portals;
  • they struggle with reading and comprehending scholarly materials once they are able to find them and have trouble figuring out faculty expectations for course research

Taken together, the findings suggest the Google-centric search skills that freshmen bring from high school only get them so far with finding and using trusted sources they need for fulfilling college research assignments. Moreover, many freshmen appeared to be unfamiliar with how academic libraries—and the vast array of digital resources they provide—can best meet their needs. Included are recommendations for how campus-wide stakeholders—librarians, faculty, and administrators—can work together when instructing freshmen to be better researchers.


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Instructional Videos

Coastal Carolina University's Kimbel Library has created a series of instructional videos to teach basic and advanced information literacy.


Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2013

Academic Library Directors agree on the importance of teaching research and information literacy skills to undergraduates.

Ithaka S&R Library Survey 2013

The State of Our Academic Libraries: 2013 Ithaka S+R Library Survey Results


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