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Improving Student Research: About the Studies
Project Information Literacy
Project Information Literacy is a research project based in the University of Washington's Information School. Their goal is to collect data from early adults enrolled in community colleges and public and private colleges and universities in the U.S. in order to understand how they conceptualize and operationalize research activities for course work and "everyday life" use and especially how they resolve issues of credibility, authority, relevance, and currency in the digital age. PIL methodologies have included a survey of over 8,000 students from 25 U.S. college campuses, a content analysis of 191 course-related research assignment handouts from 28 campuses, and student discussion groups at 7 campuses. Below are links to the progress reports and research articles based on their studies. See PIL's website for a full list of publications, including news articles, interviews, and podcasts.
The Ethnographic Research in Illinois Academic Libraries (ERIAL) Project was a 21-month research study conducted in 2008-2010 that investigated how university students conduct academic research and utilize library resources and services. ERIAL Project researchers employed a variety of anthropological data collection techniques and included more than 650 students, librarians, and faculty members participating in over 700 research activities. The results of their studies have been published in the book College Libraries and Student Culture: What We Know Now, which is available to McDaniel College faculty through the Center for Faculty Excellence and as part of Hoover Library's general collection (call number 027.7 C697, which is located on the 3rd floor):
Journal articles, conference presentations, and other additional publications are available on the ERIAL Project website.