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ERIC Number: EJ792985
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 30
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0167-8329
Incoming First Year Undergraduate Students: How Information Literate Are They?
Mittermeyer, Diane
Education for Information, v23 n4 p203-232 2005
For many years academic librarians have been involved in the delivery of library instruction programs. Most of these librarians however have the impression that when students arrive at the university their knowledge of the information seeking process is quite limited. This paper presents a summary of a research which took place in the province of Quebec (Canada). As stated in the title, in essence the research question was: When entering the first year of undergraduate study, how information literate are the students? Over 3,000 participants returned a mail questionnaire representing a response rate of 56.9%. While 12 of the 15 universities participating to the study were French speaking, 3 of them were English speaking, adding bilingualism (French/English) to an already distinctive, highly cooperative, research design. Despite the limited number of variables (20), the results indicate that for many respondents, their knowledge of the basic elements characterizing the information seeking process is rather limited. For example, it was found that for 11 of the 20 variables under study, the highest rate of correct answers provided was less than 36%. For these variables, the rate of correct responses ranged from 12.7% to 35.8%. (Information Literacy Study Questionnaire is appended. Contains 17 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada