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Title: Citation Analysis of Engineering Design Reports for Information Literacy Assessment
Authors: Denick, Dana
Bhatt, Jay
Layton, Bradley E.
Keywords: Citation Analysis;Information Literacy Assessment;Engineering Design;Engineering Education
Issue Date: 1-Apr-2010
Abstract: The application of information literacy standards and assessment in higher education are gaining importance in high-stakes decision making and accreditation. Therefore, those responsible for information literacy instruction must apply ongoing, multiple forms of assessment to effectively evaluate student proficiencies. This study explores the assessment of first-year engineering design students’ information literacy skills in order to refine existing methods and library instructional strategies. A citation analysis is presented, representing references cited in first-year engineering design reports from Drexel University’s Introduction to Engineering Design program during the 2008-2009 academic year. Citation style was evaluated and the quantity, resource type, and currency of each citation were recorded. From a sample of 234 citations, 38% of references were classified as websites, 28% of references were journal articles and 12% of references were books. Similarly to other studies, students showed a marked preference for obtaining background information through web searching over the use of reference books in either print or electronic format. The results of this study were compared to previous assessment efforts and aligned to the ALA/ACRL/STS Task Force on Information Literacy for Science and Technology’s Information Literacy Standards for Science and Engineering/Technology1. The methods and findings of this study demonstrate an evidence-based approach, focusing on standards-based assessment of engineering information literacy, specifically in how to best serve students new to engineering research, design and communication. We conclude that a quantitative approach enabled by trained engineering librarians working in tandem with engineering design instructors is critical to enhancing the breadth and rigor by which engineering design students reference their work. We further assert that methods described herein be considered as an additional criterion for ABET accreditation.
Description: Paper to be presented at American Society for Engineering Education conference, Engineering Libraries Division, June 20-23, 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/3475
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