Leckie describes the problems poorly-designed research assignments can create for both students and librarians, and she identifies four components of the research assignment that frustrate student success. Faculty can resolve many of these research problems by integrating information-seeking and evaluative skills within their courses.
A qualitative analysis of Engineering and Sociological faculty beliefs regarding students’ information literacy development. Faculty presume students will develop these skills intuitively over time through their assignments, friends, and personal interests. McGuiness concludes with five suggestions for the promotion of information literacy in higher education.
Is there evidence that information literacy instruction supports student success? In this mixed-method study, the authors conclude that there is a relationship between upper-level disciplinary-related library instruction and GPA.
This study used ethnographic tools and techniques to examine how undergraduate students use information. This book examines the results of this work at the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries.
Students often suffer from information overload, and find they have significant difficulties locating 'relevant' material. They use Google & Wikipedia along with more traditional strategies such as visiting libraries to develop their own research strategies. This article examines the research strategies of undergraduates in the digital age.
Students report that they are comfortable evaluating online information but they have difficulty understanding the expectations of university assignments and by extension finding appropriate information. This article includes teaching strategies for helping students gain information literacy skills needed for the 21st century.