A recent article in Inside Higher Ed provides an overview of a two-year study at five Illinois universities on how students view and use their campus libraries.* Among other things, the authors conclude that:
- Students at all levels exhibit “significant difficulties … across nearly every aspect of the search process.”
- Not only are students more than twice as likely to use Google as an academic database for research, but students do not know how to use Google strategically to locate credible sources.
As part of our efforts to increase information literacy at Regent, the Library has joined nearly 2,500 libraries worldwide using LibGuides, a network that allows librarians to pool and share their online guides to the research process and subject-specific research.
So far, the Library has published subject-specific LibGuides to nearly all the disciplines taught at Regent, as well as guides to important research topics, such as citation management and finding full-text journal articles. We will continue to add new LibGuides throughout the year, so check back often. They are mobile-ready and can be accessed from almost anywhere.
The goal of the Library’s LibGuides initiatives is to provide Regent students and faculty with an intuitive guide and easy access to the Library’s physical and online resources, as well as authoritative websites. Our LibGuides are a work in progress, so we welcome your feedback.
Please visit Regent’s LibGuides today at https://librarylink.regent.edu
Kolwich, Steve. “What Students Don’t Know.” Inside Higher Ed. 2011. <http:www.insidehighered.comnews20110822erial_study_of_student_research_habits_at_illinois_university_libraries_reveals_alarmingly_poor_information_literacy_and_skills>.