Project Information Literacy is a national study about early adults and their information-seeking behaviors, competencies, and the challenges they face when conducting research in the digital age.
The large-scale and collaborative research initiative investigates how early adults from different college campuses conduct research for coursework and how they conduct "everyday research" for use in their daily lives ... more >
What is PIL? Check out an infographic with key findings from our research. Tune in and watch a short video to see what we have discovered about how today's college students find information and conduct research for coursework and in their everyday lives. Read a summary about all of our studies (11 pages, 160KB). Read a recent interview about what's happening at PIL.
How do freshmen make the critical information transition from high school
to college? How do they begin to conduct college-level research? Read PIL's
2013 research report featuring findings from interviews with 35 freshmen
from 6 colleges and universities in the U.S. (48 pages, 6.2 MB). Watch the preview video.
Read a blog post about the "ginormous" problem.
In our latest "Smart Talks" interview, we talk with Cathy Davidson, a professor, author, and leading thinker about technology, collaboration, cognition, and learning. Cathy says: "The biggest takeaway for the future of learning is most of our apparatus of higher education—the ways we test, the ways we grade, the way we give credit, the way we divide knowledge into disciplines, and the ways we accrue expertise—were developed between about 1865 and 1925. They have evolved since then but, structurally and epistemologically, these are industrial age forms of standardizing what, in previous eras of history, defied standardization." more...>
IMLS Funds PIL/UW Study
We're pleased to announce PIL has been awarded an Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) 2013 National Leadership Grant (NLG). We will conduct a two-year quantitative study investigating how recent college graduates find, evaluate, and use information for lifelong learning once they leave campus, particularly in areas such as staying competitive in the workforce, engaging in civic affairs, and personal development. The study will be conducted in partnership with UW's Information School.
Tune into PIL's Information Literacy Dialogs (ILD), a series of short videos about research and writing assignments, finding context for research tasks, the strategies students use for finding information, their frustrations with research, their use of Wikipedia, and procrastination. You can also subscribe to the PIL ILD channel for our future releases. (See the PIL video page for compressed WMV formats; no permission needed for re-use.)