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Faculty survey: Undergraduate students lack critical research skills

Over half of the professors recently surveyed in a national poll said that undergraduate students arrive at college underprepared to sift through and evaluate scholarly information, and that libraries play a more crucial role than ever in curbing the trend. The Ithaka S+R faculty survey showed a 7 percent increase in professors who “strongly agree” that their students don’t possess proper research skills.

The data, collected last fall from scholars at four-year universities, also showed that most faculty are prepared to publish in free and open access online journals. The survey is conducted every three years.