The Skills Higher Ed. Professionals wish High School students would acquireUpdated 1/29/13
What skills do you wish incoming freshmen had learned during their high school years?
Answered by Librarians at Penn State University, Northampton Community College, and Lehigh University
· How to evaluate sources and information, especially web sites for suitability
· Ability to tell the difference between types of sources (newspaper, book, blog post, journal article, peer-reviewed, etc.) and know the appropriate uses of each type of source
· Being able to tell who authored a source, when they wrote it, and their purpose for writing it.
· Knowing how to use the databases available to them and searching them first, when appropriate.
· College-level research needs to be academic, so the free Internet isn’t the best place to go for peer-reviewed, credible sources
· How to structure their database searches versus internet search engine searches
· How to create a good research topic
· Knowing the basics of how to create and interpret citations
· Research is a process- Once you identify a focused topic and write a thesis statement, it will take a multiple searches before you find the best keywords and most helpful information
· Understand intellectual property and how to avoid plagiarism