According to faculty who teach undergraduate students, the most important research abilities for undergraduates to have are understanding the ethics of using information and incorporating sources into a paper. You perceive that students are best at using figuring out how to get or request full text and especially need help with narrowing a research topic and evaluating information sources.
Compare these ratings with undergraduate students’ level of comfort in performing research-related activities.
|Average Score for Importance of Ability (5 = “High”)||Average Score for Perception of Performance (5 = “High”)|
|Choosing a research topic||3.83||3.27|
|Narrowing a research topic||3.87||3.09|
|Figuring out which library databases to use||4.18||3.36|
|Searching within library databases||4.34||3.36|
|Figuring out how to get or request full text||4.22||3.42|
|Evaluating information sources (e.g. determining quality, validity, bias)||4.32||3.15|
|Incorporating sources into a paper||4.45||3.45|
|Citing sources correctly||4.43||3.31|
|Understanding the ethics of using information||4.54||3.28|