Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Library and Information Science
The article describes an effort to assess the information literacy skills of entering first-year college students. An instrument was developed and information was gathered on students' experience and comfort in conducting library research as well as their perceived competence with specific information literacy skills. In addition, students completed a skills test to assess specific knowledge and skills relating to information literacy. Entering first-year students generally self-reported their skills to be less than "excellent." This finding was supported by the results of the skills test. Strengths and weaknesses in information literacy skills are reported, as well as implications for librarians who assess and teach these skills to students.
This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Research Strategies. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Research Strategies, volume 20, issue 4, pages 458-468, 2005, doi:10.1016/j.resstr.2006.12.016.
Jean Caspers and Steven Mark Bernhisel
What do freshmen really know about research? Assess before you teach.
Research Strategies, 2005, volume 20, issue 4, pages 458-468
Caspers, Jean and Bernhisel, Steven Mark, "What Do Freshmen Really Know about Research? Assess before You Teach" (2005). Faculty & Staff Publications. Accepted Version. Submission 7.