Monday, March 7, 2011

Research Sources Used by First-Year College Students and Advanced Students

Question: How did the resources used by first-year college students differ from the sources used by advanced college students?

Source: Samson, S. (2010). Information literacy learning outcomes and student success. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 36(3), 202–210. Compares first-year college students who received some information literacy instruction in their composition classes with advanced level college students who received more extensive information.

Answer: First-year students used the Web and newspapers primarily. Advanced students used primary sources, books, images, subject specific databases, interlibrary loan and personal research. First-year students tended to use quotes as filler.

Comment: We must not forget traditional sources of information in teaching students research skills. It’s too easy and limiting to use the Web which will be first-year college students’ first choice of sources. RayS.

“Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English.” Richard Beach et al. Research in the Teaching of English (November 2010), Internet. Note: The editors of RTE said that so much research was available they did not want to burden the paper edition of the journal with it, so they relegated their annotated reports on research to the Internet.

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