How much trust do you place in Wikipedia? Where do you go when tasked with writing a paper for class? The WVU Libraries want to know.

The WVU Libraries are participating in a national study, conducted by Project Information Literacy, to learn how U.S. college students conduct research in the digital age.

This week, PIL will send an invitation to participate in a web-based survey to 10,000 randomly selected WVU sophomores, juniors and seniors.

The survey consists of 22 questions and takes 10-15 minutes to complete. Participants can reply from April 6-20. All those who respond will have their names entered into a drawing for a $150 gift card.

Questions will focus on how students find, evaluate and integrate research sources used for course-related and everyday life research. PIL hopes to receive a sample of respondents from more than 30 colleges and universities across the nation. For an overview of the national project, visit

PIL, funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, is based at the University of Washington and is in its third and final year.

For questions or more information about WVU’s involvement in this study, please contact Carroll Wilkinson at



CONTACT: Monte Maxwell, WVU Libraries