I made the poster above to share research done by librarians at the University of Illinois with my colleagues in the Library. If you make a poster, you can ask a question at the bottom of your post that you’d like website visitors to respond to, as in the example below.

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The Misconceptions of First Year Students about Libraries

First year students…
believe they are supposed to do research without assistance
believe that learners are outside of the community of scholars
believe research is a linear process
perceive the library as a place to get books (and not as a place with a variety of sources and services)
conflate achieving access and information quality
believe that relevancy rankings in search results reflect quality
think Google is a sufficient search tool
believe that they are information literate
believe that freely available Internet sources are sufficient for academic work


Hinchliffe, L. J., Rand, A., & Collier, J. (2018). Predictable information literacy misconceptions of first-year college students. Communications in Information Literacy, 12(1), 4-18. doi:10.15760/comminfolit.2018.12.1.2

What do you think?

Pick one misconception described on the poster and add your idea for correcting it in the comments.

Instructor: Library

Item Credit: Suzanne Bernsten