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EasyBib Featured in Project Information Literacy’s 2013 Study

Project Information Literacy

Project Information Literacy has been at the forefront of new research pertaining to student information literacy skills since its inception in 2008. Imagine Easy Solutions has been fortunate enough to work with Project Information Literacy for almost two years.

We are honored to have EasyBib featured in its newest study, Learning the Ropes: How Freshmen Conduct Course Research Once They Enter College. This year’s report has a heavy focus on high school students transitioning into college, something we have also explored during our PD webinars.

EasyBib has 40 million users every year; the platform provides ample reach to students while they’re doing research. Caity and I have surveyed EasyBib users about their thoughts on Wikipedia and plagiarism, and were truly honored when PIL’s head researcher, Alison Head, reached out to us earlier this year.

You may have noticed the survey on the free version of EasyBib back in May — we had it up for a week, with a handful of questions developed by Project Information Literacy. It is important to note that Imagine Easy Solutions had no involvement with the survey itself, we simply provided PIL with an outlet to reach students for the report.

The data from the survey placed on EasyBib begins on page 41:

I encourage you to read the full report here, or check out this teaser video for a summary of the findings:

Many thanks to Alison Head, Mike Eisenberg and the whole team at Project Information Literacy for the opportunity to help them with such an insightful study. We look forward to seeing what other fascinating findings they’ll discover in 2014!

Emily GoverEmily Gover is the information literacy librarian for EasyBib and ResearchReady. She is slowly coming to terms with the fact that, despite her best efforts, her gift wrapping skills will never be those of Martha Stewart’s. You can find her on Twitter, @Emily_EasyBib, or posting news you can use at the EasyBib Librarians Facebook page.

  • Samuel Youn

    I can relate to the findings of these studies. One teaching method I really appreciated was summarizing each source I was using before even writing a research paper. The professor emphasized the importance of understanding the research by attributing 25% of the research paper grade to the research summaries.

    Although it was tedious and time consuming, this exercise really helped me understand the source fully so I could use it in my research paper with the right context.

  • Danny C. Chan

    Such insight is important as further advancements in ed-tech services are being invested into. Great study!

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