A recent report from Project Information Literacy identifies the challenges that college freshmen face as they tackle their first major research projects.
We identified a disparity between the Google-centric search skills that many first-term freshmen brought with them from high school and the competencies they needed to meet the far higher research expectations in college. Moreover, we found freshmen we studied had gaping holes in their understanding of how libraries--and the vast array of digital resources academic libraries provided--could best meet their needs, especially when it came to sifting out the trusted information they wanted."
That's the conclusion from the most recent report from Project Information Literacy, [ http://projectinfolit.org/pdfs/PIL_2013_FreshmenStudy_FullReport.pdf ] headed by Alison Head of the Berkman Center and the University of Washington.
Via Elizabeth E Charles