November 28, 2015

Credo Reference Releases Findings from Student Information Literacy Survey

We first posted about this survey a month ago.

Today, the complete report was publicly released.


Credo today announced that the results of an information literacy survey of over 1,500 students from more than 400 institutions worldwide are now freely available.

“The students’ answers were quite revealing,” said Mike Sweet, Credo’s CEO.  “All of the questions were submitted by librarians and many addressed themes that other information skills studies have attempted to address. By layering librarian-suggested questions with pedagogical theories related to assessment, we were able to see exactly where students fall short in the application of information skills. We hope that these results empower librarians to help students in this key area of need.”

Selected Key Findings

  • 74% of students gave “reliability” of sources the highest importance, but 24% did not value a peer-reviewed journal over a memoir as an authoritative source.
  •  Just over 80% of students feel prepared to conduct research, but only 16% feel very prepared to do research.
  • Though many students are aware of the wealth of resources available through the library, 69% of students use open web source regularly or almost always while conducting research.

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Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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