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Developing Professional Skills in STEM Students: Data Information Literacy
Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship
  • Lisa Zilinski, Purdue University
  • Megan R. Sapp Nelson
  • Amy S Van Epps, Purdue University
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This is the published version of Zilinski, L.D., Sapp Nelson, M., & Van Epps, A.S. (2014) Developing Professional Skills in STEM Students: Data Information Literacy. First published in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship and is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.5062/F42V2D2Z.

Abstract
Undergraduate STEM students are increasingly expected to have some data use skills upon graduation, whether they pursue post-graduate education or move into industry. This project was an initial foray into the application of data information literacy competencies to training undergraduate students to identify markers of data and information quality. The data consumer training appeared within two courses to help students evaluate data objects, including databases and datasets available on the Internet. The application of the Data Credibility Checklist provides a foundation for developing data reuse competencies. Based upon the initial presentation of the content, it became obvious that students need very basic introductions to data concepts, including definitions for database and dataset, and the process of data object discovery.
Keywords
  • data information literacy,
  • data consumption,
  • data credibility checklist,
  • STEM,
  • nuclear engineering,
  • science
Date of this Version
9-18-2014
DOI
10.5062/F42V2D2Z
Citation Information
Lisa Zilinski, Megan R. Sapp Nelson and Amy S Van Epps. "Developing Professional Skills in STEM Students: Data Information Literacy" Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lzilinski/48/