Project Information Literacy
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.