Information Needs and Behavior of Incoming Graduate Students: Initial Exploration


Concepts and Themes

Incoming graduate students research abilities and information literacy skills

Incoming graduate students have unique information needs due to the gap in expectations between perceived and actual research expertise. Undergraduate students typically have research topics assigned and research methods do not need to be extensive. As graduate students, it is expected that they are able to determine their own research topics and to locate the appropriate research materials to study and substantiate ideas. The research required for graduate study is more intense and self-directed, requiring higher levels of information literacy than undergraduate course work. The transition between undergraduate student and graduate student is abrupt, no matter if there is a lapse between enrollment, and a lack of information literacy skills during this process can hinder the transition.

Who graduate students typically rely on for guidance on research resources

Graduate students often rely on faculty to determine accepted standards…

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