Students and Their Sources

Date of Data Collection: 2018

Principal Investigators: Jordan Canzonetta (Project Manager), Diana Fidaoui, André Habet, CC Hendricks, Rebecca Moore Howard, Sandra Jamieson, Jason Markins, and Noah Wilson.

Database and technical advisor: Zack Jacobsohn

Description: Data collection for this single-site, multimodal research project is underway in 2018. The study is designed to further educators’ understanding of how undergraduate students in required or introductory composition courses choose and use research sources, and how they themselves describe and explain that process. Using textual analysis, observational research, interviews, and surveys, the combination of qualitative and quantitative data gathered from this research expands the information and perspectives supplied by data collected in previous studies (by the Lilac Group, Citation Project, and Whitney & Olsen). Our results will produce a portrait of each stage of students’ research processes, detailing not only their decision-making and their textual moves, but also their perspectives on these processes.  

Findings: Attend our panels at the Georgia International Information Literacy Conference in September 2018 and the Modern Language Association (MLA) annual convention in January 2019 to learn more and hear provisional analysis of the data.

IRB proposal (Syracuse University), 2017:

Full IRB Proposal, approved [PDF]

IRB appendices

Informed consent form [PDF]


Studies whose Methods are Replicated or Adapted

  • Blackwell-Starnes, Katt, and Janice R. Walker. “Reports From The LILAC Project: Designing a Translocal Study,”  In Points of Departure: Rethinking Student Source Use and Writing Studies Research Methods. Ed. Tricia Serviss & Sandra Jamieson.  Utah State UP, 2017. 62-82. DOI: 10.7330/9781607326250.c002
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  • Jamieson, Sandra, and Rebecca Moore Howard. “Sentence-Mining: Uncovering the Amount of Reading and Reading Comprehension In College Writers’ Researched Writing” in The New Digital Scholar: Exploring and Enriching the Research and Writing Practices of NextGen Students. Eds. Randall McClure and James P. Purdy. Medford, NJ: American Society for Information Science and Technology, 2013. 111-133.
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  • Olsen, M. Whitney, and Anne R. Diekema. “Asking the Right Questions: Using Interviews to Explore Information-Seeking Behavior.” In Points of Departure: Rethinking Student Source Use and Writing Studies Research Methods. Ed. Tricia Serviss & Sandra Jamieson.  Utah State UP, 2017. 209-226. DOI: 10.7330/9781607326250.c007
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