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"'Research Papers Have Always Seemed Very Daunting:' Information Literacy Narratives and the Student Research Experience"
portal: Libraries & the Academy (2012)
  • Robert Detmering, University of Louisville
  • Anna Marie Johnson, University of Louisville
Abstract
Taking an interdisciplinary approach that draws on narrative theory, composition
scholarship, and investigations into the affective dimensions of the research process, this article
discusses stories written by college students about their experiences locating, evaluating, and
using information in the context of academic research. These narratives provide insight into how
students conceptualize the research process and perceive their often tenuous roles as researchers.
A textual analysis of a selection of student narratives is included, demonstrating how narrative
not only enhances our understanding of the research experience but also enables students to raise
larger questions about authenticity and power in the classroom
Keywords
  • information literacy,
  • narratives,
  • research instruction
Disciplines
Publication Date
2012
Citation Information
Robert Detmering and Anna Marie Johnson. ""'Research Papers Have Always Seemed Very Daunting:' Information Literacy Narratives and the Student Research Experience"" portal: Libraries & the Academy Vol. 12 Iss. 1 (2012) p. 5 - 22
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/annamarie-johnson/14/