ERIC Number: ED376818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
LIBS 1000: A Credit Course in Library Skills at East Carolina University.
Alexander, Linda B.
East Carolina University, Greenville (North Carolina) uses a semester hour credit course as its method of teaching library-research skills to freshmen. The course is required of all new students and is designed to introduce them to the academic library. The usefulness of the course was studied through an exploration of attitude changes among 110 students taking the course. Most students indicated that they had previous instruction in library skills. Pretests and post-tests showed major attitude changes in two areas. At the onset of the course, 17% of students believed that they could find adequate resources to complete a paper, while after the course, 90% thought that they could turn out a well-researched paper. On the precourse survey, 15% indicated that they did not feel comfortable doing research in the campus library, and 51% did not know if they felt comfortable. After the course, 95% reported that they felt comfortable doing research in the library. Skills testing reflected an improvement in every area after course completion. Results support the usefulness of the course as a possible approach to library-skills development. Appendixes present the survey and the skills test. (Contains eight references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A