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Improving Student Research: Status Update Presentation Resources


This portion of the Research Guide contains information from the "Status Update: Students' Research Skills in College" CFE Presentation.

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

My PowerPoint from the Presentation


  • Bell, S. (2011). Bridging the information literacy communication gap: Putting PIL studies to good use. Library Issues, 32(2), 1-4.
  • Biddix, J. P., Chung, C. J., & Park, H. W. (2011). Convenience or credibility?: A study of college student online research behaviors. Internet and Higher Education, 14, 175-182.
  • Detmering, R. & Johnson, A. M. (2012). “Research papers have always seemed very daunting”: Information literacy narratives and the student research experience. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 12(1), 5-22.
  • Gross, M. & Latham, D. (2009). Undergraduate perceptions of information literacy: Defining, attaining, and self-assessing skills. College & Research Libraries, 70(4), 336-350.
  • 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.
  • Gustavson, A. & Nall, H. C. (2011). Freshmen overconfidence and library research skills: A troubling relationship. College & Undergraduate Libraries, 18(4), 291-306.
  • 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
  • Head, A. J. & Eisenberg, M. B. (2010). Truth be told: How college students evaluate and use information in the digital age. Project Information Literacy Research Report. Retrieved from
  • Holler Phillips, C. M. (2011). A study of student consultants’ comfort levels with research-related tasks. Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, 30(2), 85-106.
  • Kolowich, S. (2011, Aug. 22). What students don’t know. Inside Higher Ed. 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.
  • Taylor, A. (2012). A study of the information search behavior of the millennial generation. Information Research, 17(1), paper 508. Retrieved from