Information Literacy, Assessment, Legal Research
In this study I ask the question: Can standardized information literacy tests help assess and benchmark the learning of information skills by Canadian law students? This study replicates an earlier study that found that a standardized test of information literacy competencies, SAILS, was not an effective measure of law student information literacy levels. By applying the same test under similar conditions to another group of law students, I found that while the test did not measure legal research competencies, it was effective in measuring basic information literacy skills in law students with often surprising results. I argue that legal research training programs cannot assume students have achieved competency in information literacy skills.
David Michels, "Sailing through Law School: Assessing Legal Research Skills within the Information Literacy Framework" (2011) 41:1 CLLR 14.