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Undergraduate Survey: Comfort and Seeking Assistance with Research

As a group, you reported being very comfortable with most aspects of research, except for "using advanced searching features in library databases." You seek assistance most often with determining if we have what you need.

We asked graduate students the same questions and asked faculty to rate the importance and student performance of these research skills; see their responses:
Faculty | Off-Campus Graduates | On-Campus Graduates

Overall scores:
 
Average score
(5 = "Very Comfortable")
Percentage seeking help "Very Often" or "Somewhat Often"
Choosing and refining a research topic
4.21
10.3%
Choosing research databases
4.14
13.8%
Searching within research databases 4.18
16.0%
Using advanced searching features 3.61
15.6%
Determining if the library has what you need 3.94
30.6%
Evaluating information sources 3.93
12.0%
Citing sources correctly 4.02
17.3%
Using information ethically 4.51
11.1%

 
 

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