Contrary to expectations, college students are not rushing online for answers to research assignments. A new survey shows only 3% of undergraduates with research tasks went to Wikipedia first and only 13% tried search engines. The largest number, 40%, turned to course materials first and 23% sought out the library.
Ars Technica is wary of the finding, however, as the subjects were students at a small liberal arts college; further, the results came from surveys rather than observation. The site was dismayed even more that that so many respondents also called the research process “barely a tolerable task.”