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Students don’t know how to do researchStep 2: Identify Reasons

Identify possible reasons for the problem you have selected.
To find the most effective strategies, select the reason that best describes your situation, keeping in mind there may be multiple relevant reasons.

Students don’t know how to do research.

Students don’t have the prerequisite knowledge and skills, but think they do.

Students are over-reliant on the free web to satisfy their information needs.

Students are not aware of what is available to them at Carnegie Mellon.

Students’ intellectual development hinders their ability to critically assess information.

Students can’t balance the depth and breadth of information needed to answer a research question.

Students get frustrated with the research process and give up.

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