Appalachian State University Information
Literacy Assessment, Fall 1999
1,951 students in Appalachian's Freshman Class participated
in an initial assessment of their information literacy skills, September
1999. This test establishes a benchmark, which will be used to determine
change in their skills when they are tested again as second semester sophomores
and as seniors. Appalachian's educational goals for baccalaureate students
include "the ability to apply methods of inquiry" and "learning as a lifelong
process." The Library's Information
Literacy Goals were adopted in 1997.
Assessment instrument: HTML
Document (.html) Adobe
Portable Document File (.pdf)
Three out of four students know that most components of a
Web page are protected by copyright.
Most students (97%) recognized the title of a periodical
article in a printed citation, but the majority (62%) did not recognize
the title of a periodical such as Time.
Nearly all (95%) of the students would ask a librarian for
assistance with finding, choosing and using information resources.
Most Freshmen could arrange books in Dewey call number order
but not in the Library of Congress classification order.
The majority demonstrated basic skills in identifying
potential information sources (64% recognized several ways to choose the
best articles from a long list of citations. 71% knew that encyclopedias
were good sources for finding introductory materials. 82% knew how to identify
information contained in a book. 94% knew that periodicals were more likely
to have current information than books, encyclopedias or bibliographies.)
Students generally scored high on questions involving terminology,
although one-third would look for books in biographical dictionaries, periodical
indexes, or gazetteers rather than library catalogs.
The majority (54%) had difficulty identifying information
about the author and/or producer of a Web page.
The percentages of correct answers for questions related
to scholarly vs. popular sources were generally low, ranging from 57% to
November 9, 1999
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