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Research as Inquiry: Students & Research

Library resources for SPARK courses

Project Information Literacy (PIL)

Project Information Literacy (PIL) is a national and ongoing study based at the University of Washington's Information School.  In Truth Be Told: How College Students Evaluate and Use Information in the Digital Age (2010), researchers Head and Eisenberg reported that "the sheer act of just getting started on research assignments and defining a research inquiry was overwhelming for students -- more so than any of the subsequent steps in the research process" (2).  They based this finding on survey data from over 8,000 students at 25 U.S. colleges and universities.

PIL Infographic

Project Information Literacy Infographic

Five Takeaways from PIL - Infographic

Project Information Literacy Rubric 60% find defining a topic difficult