This is the published version of Zilinski, L.D., Sapp Nelson, M., & Van Epps, A.S. (2014) Developing Professional Skills in STEM Students: Data Information Literacy. First published in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship and is available online at:


Undergraduate STEM students are increasingly expected to have some data use skills upon graduation, whether they pursue post-graduate education or move into industry. This project was an initial foray into the application of data information literacy competencies to training undergraduate students to identify markers of data and information quality. The data consumer training appeared within two courses to help students evaluate data objects, including databases and datasets available on the Internet. The application of the Data Credibility Checklist provides a foundation for developing data reuse competencies. Based upon the initial presentation of the content, it became obvious that students need very basic introductions to data concepts, including definitions for database and dataset, and the process of data object discovery.


data information literacy, data consumption, data credibility checklist, STEM, nuclear engineering, science

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