Students are savvy Web users, but still have problems finding, evaluating, and using information for research. Project Information Literacy has found that freshman college students have difficulty starting a research project.
Here are some of the issues that students encounter during a research project:
- Students struggle with writing research questions.
- A limited scope of keywords can result in a frustrating search.
- Students find it hard to navigate the many types of sources.
- Students often limit the types of sources they use.
- Students can be overwhelmed by information overload.
- Students hesitate to ask for help.
It can be difficult to find relevant information and add new ideas to a topic when there is so much data out there. Teachers can encourage students to collect their own data via interviews or surveys. Teachers can focus on the importance of keywords for searching. One of the most important skills a student can develop is learning how to evaluate sources and develop analytical skills in the era of Big Data.
“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” – Albert Einstein