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Improving Student Research: Just Google It Presentation Resources


This portion of the Research Guide contains information from the "Just Google It: How Prepared Are First Year Students for College-Level Research?" CFE Presentation.

The bibliography includes the studies I referenced in the presentation as well as other related articles of interest.

Just Google It Slides


  • Ashley, S., Lyden, G., & Fasbinder, D. (2012). Exploring message meaning: A qualitative media literacy study of college freshmen. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 4(3), 229-243.
  • Donham, J. (2014). College ready—what can we learn from first-year college assignments?: An examination of assignments in Iowa colleges and universities. School Library Research, 17. Retrieved from
  • Fain, M. (2011). Assessing information literacy skills: A multi-year study. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 37(2), 109-119.
  • Freeman, E. & Lynd-Balta, E. (2010). Developing information literacy skills early in an undergraduate curriculum. College Teaching, 58, 109-115.
  • Gross, M. & Latham, D. (2011). Experiences with and perceptions of information: A phenomenographic study of first-year college students. Library Quarterly, 81(2), 161-186.
  • Harris, C. M. & Cameron, S. L. (2010). Displacing Wikipedia: Information literacy for first-year students. In D.S. Dunn, B. C. Beins, M. A. McCarthy, & G. W. Hill (Eds.), Best practices for teaching beginnings and endings in the psychology major: Research, cases, and recommendations (pp. 125-136). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Head, A. J. (2013). Learning the ropes: How freshmen conduct research once they enter college. Project Information Literacy Research Report. Retrieved from
  • Head, A. J. & Eisenberg, M. B. (2010). How today’s college students use Wikipedia for course-related research. First Monday, 15(3). Retrieved from
  • Islam, R. L. & Murno, L. A. (2006). From perceptions to connections: Informing information literacy program planning in academic libraries through examination of high school library media center curricula. College & Research Libraries, 67(6), 492-514.
  • Kolowich, S. (2011, Aug. 22). What students don’t know. Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved from
  • Kovalik, C. L., Jensen, M. L., Schloman, B., & Tipton, M. (2010). Information literacy, collaboration, and teacher education. Communications in Information Literacy, 4(2), 145-169.
  • Latham, D. & Gross, M. (2008). Broken links: Undergraduates look back on their experiences with information literacy in K-12 education. School Library Research, 11. Retrieved from
  • Latham, D. & Gross, M. (2013). Instructional preferences of first-year college students with below-proficient information literacy skills: A focus group study. College & Research Libraries, 74(5), 430-449.
  • Lupton, M. (2008). Evidence, argument and social responsibility: First-year students’ experiences of information literacy when researching an essay. Higher Education Research & Development, 27(4), 399-414.
  • O’Sullivan, M. K. & Dallas, K. B. (2010). A collaborative approach to implementing 21st century skills in a high school senior research class. Education Libraries, 33(1), 3-9.
  • Purcell, K., Rainie, L., Heaps, Al, Buchanan, J., Friedrich, L., Jacklin, A.,. . . Zickuhr, K. (2012). How teens do research in the digital world. Pew Research Center. Retrieved from
  • Schroeder, R. (2009). Both sides now: Librarians looking at information literacy from high school and college. Educators' Spotlight Digest, 4(1), 1-5.
  • Taylor, A. (2012). A study of the information search behavior of the millennial generation. Information Research, 17(1), paper 508. Retrieved from
  • Varlejs, J., Stec, E., & Kwon, H. (2014). Factors affecting students’ information literacy as they transition from high school to college. School Library Research, 17. Retrieved from