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Assessing information literacy among German psychology students

Assessing information literacy among German psychology students Purpose – This paper aims to report on the development of an information literacy test for German psychology students. Design/methodology/approach – The test consists of 22 items covering two facets of information literacy (searching for information and evaluating information) which are mapped on Standards Two and Three of the information literacy framework provided by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL, 2000). A sample of N =64 German psychology students including n =22 freshmen, n =21 advanced students and n =21 PhD students completed the test. The freshmen and advanced students also performed an academic literature search task. Findings – The test has acceptable internal consistency (Cronbach's Alpha between 0.73 and 0.82). An analysis of variance showed that PhD students scored higher than advanced students, who, in turn, scored higher than freshmen. Additionally, the score on the first scale (Evaluating) showed a significant relationship with the performance on the academic literature search task. Practical implications – The test can be used to determine training needs among German psychology students, or to evaluate instruction programs. Originality/value – The new measure is the only standardized information literacy test for German‐speaking populations for which psychometric properties have been reported. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Reference Services Review Emerald Publishing

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0090-7324
DOI
10.1108/RSR-11-2012-0076
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to report on the development of an information literacy test for German psychology students. Design/methodology/approach – The test consists of 22 items covering two facets of information literacy (searching for information and evaluating information) which are mapped on Standards Two and Three of the information literacy framework provided by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL, 2000). A sample of N =64 German psychology students including n =22 freshmen, n =21 advanced students and n =21 PhD students completed the test. The freshmen and advanced students also performed an academic literature search task. Findings – The test has acceptable internal consistency (Cronbach's Alpha between 0.73 and 0.82). An analysis of variance showed that PhD students scored higher than advanced students, who, in turn, scored higher than freshmen. Additionally, the score on the first scale (Evaluating) showed a significant relationship with the performance on the academic literature search task. Practical implications – The test can be used to determine training needs among German psychology students, or to evaluate instruction programs. Originality/value – The new measure is the only standardized information literacy test for German‐speaking populations for which psychometric properties have been reported.

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Reference Services ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 22, 2013

Keywords: Germany; College students; Information literacy; literature; graduate students; Test; search

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