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Survey of American College Students: Evaluation of Research Skills Needs Evaluation

Survey of American College Students: Evaluation of Research Skills Needs Evaluation

Students who grew up in major cities (71.78%) or abroad (70.37%) were somewhat more likely to have written a 10+ page paper than those who grew up in other places. Students with family incomes over $150,000 per year (72.12%), students living off-campus other than with parents/guardians (74.70%), students living in fraternity or sorority housing (76.47%), and students with full-time jobs (77.78%) were more likely to have written 10+ page papers. Students who indicated their political views were very left wing (76.92%), liberal (71.64%) or very right wing (70.00%) were more likely to have written a 10+ page paper, while students with middle of the road (60.56%) or conservative (58.16%) views were less likely.


This report presents data from a survey of 1,140 full time students at four year colleges in the United States about how they go about doing research for writing term papers and other purposes. The study gives extensive data on the extent to which students rely on general internet searches, on-line academic library resources, print resources and other means to find the research information that they need. The 120-page study also presents detailed information on how students evaluate their own skill in organizing and composing a research paper, including data on how they feel about their capabilities in each of the following areas: organizing a term paper, researching the paper, writing the paper, spelling and grammar skills, and citation skills – data on self-evaluation is presented for each of these characteristics.

Table 1.1 Have you ever been required to turn in a paper exceeding approximately 10 double spaced typed pages in length for any of your classes?
Table 1.2 Have you ever been required to turn in a paper exceeding approximately 10 double spaced typed pages in length for any of your classes? Broken out by Carnegie class
Table 1.3 Have you ever been required to turn in a paper exceeding approximately 10 double spaced typed pages in length for any of your classes? Broken out by age of survey participant
Table 1.4 Have you ever been required to turn in a paper exceeding approximately 10 double spaced typed pages in length for any of your classes? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin
Table 1.5 Have you ever been required to turn in a paper exceeding approximately 10 double spaced typed pages in length for any of your classes? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant
Table 1.6 Have you ever been required to turn in a paper exceeding approximately 10 double spaced typed pages in length for any of your classes? Broken out by college year class standing

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