We developed a Research Readiness Survey (RRS) to identify students' information literacy needs prior to instruction by a team of faculty members and librarians in our doctor of chiropractic program clinical research literacy courses. In addition to describing students' responses to our RRS, we explored associations between (1) students' overall performance on the RRS and their prior earned degrees and (2) their self-reported ability and performance on questions pertaining to evaluating information quality (standard 3 of the Association of College and Research Libraries [ACRL] Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education).


The RRS is composed of 50 questions, of which 22 pertain to information literacy knowledge assessment per ACRL standards. We calculated means and standard deviations for summary scores on 4 ACRL standards and for a total RRS score. We used analysis of variance to assess whether standard 3 scores differed by students' self-reported ability to judge health information quality and whether there was an association between total RRS scores and students' previously earned degrees.


In 2017–2018, 245 students (70% of matriculates) completed the RRS. Students performed best on standard 3 (average score 67%) and worst on standard 2, the ability to access information (average score = 59%). Students who reported an average ability to judge information quality had higher standard 3 scores than students who reported poor ability (p = .003). Students with bachelor's degrees had higher total RRS scores than students with associate's degrees (p = .004).


Matriculating students had the most difficulty with accessing information, supporting the need to include librarians on the teaching team.

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Author notes

Barbara Delli Gatti is the director of the Learning Commons at Life Chiropractic College West (25001 Industrial Blvd, Hayward, CA 94545; bdelligatti@lifewest.edu). Annette Osenga is the retired director of Library Services at the Learning Commons at Life Chiropractic College West (25001 Industrial Blvd, Hayward, CA 94545; aosenga@outlook.com). Donna Odierna is a research specialist in the Research Department at Life Chiropractic College West (25001 Industrial Blvd. Hayward, CA 94545; dodierna@lifewst.edu) and an assistant professor in the College of Nursing at Samuel Merritt University. Monica Smith is the research director at Life Chiropractic College West (25001 Industrial Blvd, Hayward, CA 94545; msmith@lifewest.edu).

Concept development: KW, BD, AO, MS. Design: BD, AO, DO, MS. Supervision: KW, BD, MS. Data collection/processing: KW, BD. Analysis/interpretation: KW, BD, MS. Literature search: KW, BD, DO. Writing: KW, BD, MS. Critical review: BD, AO, DO, MS.