Abstract: Today’s first-year undergraduate students are dreadfully ill-equipped to complete even the most basic academic research tasks. Citing real-life situations, this chapter introduces readers to the significant yet oft-ignored educational difficulties that such a lack of information literacy regularly creates. This chapter also outlines the pedagogical purposes of this text and offers further background about the variety of complex information obstacles faced by today’s incoming undergraduates. Finally, this chapter provides a brief outline of the book’s overall structural organization.

Key words: introduction, purpose, background, organization, library research, undergraduates, first-year students, novice researchers, Millennials, ...

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