Developing professional skills in STEM students: Data information literacy

Lisa D. Zilinski, Megan Sapp Nelson, Amy S. Van Epps

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalIssues in Science and Technology Librarianship
Issue number77
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Library and Information Sciences

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