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).
How do college graduates make the critical information transition from the campus to the workplace? What needs and expectations do employers have for how college hires solve information problems? Read PIL's 2012 research report with findings from interviews with 23 employers and 33 recent graduates in the U.S. (38 pages, 5.8 MB). Watch the preview video.
The latest coverage:
In our latest "Smart Talks" interview, we talk with Peter Suber about how the Internet changes the age-old paradigm of scholarly communication. In PIL's interview, Peter explains "my early experiments showed me that the web was more than a geeky playground...it could help authors find readers and help readers find authors...it could do both jobs better than print, and the web without paywalls could do both jobs better than the web with paywalls." more...>
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.)