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Project Information Literacy: What Can Be Learned About the Information-Seeking Behavior of Today's College Students?

Invited Paper, Association of College and Research Librarians Conference, Forthcoming

11 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2013  

Alison J. Head

Project Information Literacy; University of Washington - The Information School

Date Written: April 10, 2013

Abstract

Project Information Literacy (PIL) has conducted six studies since 2008 to investigate what it is like to be a college student in the digital age. Survey and interview data has been collected from more than 11,000 US college students to investigate how they find, evaluate, and use information for their course work and for addressing issues that arise in their everyday lives. This paper highlights findings from these studies. In particular, the students surveyed have reported having more difficulty with defining and narrowing research topics than with conducting searches for materials, and they use the same small set of information resources when conducting course-related and everyday life research. Taken together, findings from the six studies suggest these students use strategies driven by efficiency and predictability in order to manage and control the vast amount of information that is available to them. PIL’s typology is reviewed about the four information contexts undergraduates seek during their research processes.

Keywords: College students, information-seeking behavior, information literacy, college readiness, lifelong learning

Suggested Citation

Head, Alison J., Project Information Literacy: What Can Be Learned About the Information-Seeking Behavior of Today's College Students? (April 10, 2013). Invited Paper, Association of College and Research Librarians Conference, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2281511 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2281511

Alison J. Head (Contact Author)

Project Information Literacy ( email )

c/o The Information School, Univ. of Washington
Mary Gates Hall, Ste 370
Seattle, CA, WA 98195-2840
United States

HOME PAGE: http://projectinfolit.org

University of Washington - The Information School

WA

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