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Research Readiness Self-Assessment (RRSA): What is the RRSA?

The RRSA is an online self-assessment created by learning research specialists and librarians at Central Michigan University.

RRSA Health version | Understanding your results

Research Readiness Self Assessment (RRSA) Health Version

What is the RRSA? The RRSA is an online assessment created by Central Michigan University faculty to measure your assumed and actual online information-seeking skills.

What does the RRSA measure? Access to a proliferation of digital information reinforces the importance of developing effective information-seeking skills, including locating and evaluating health information, differentiating among multiple sources of information, applying information in decision-making, and understanding plagiarism. The RRSA measures proficiency in the following categories:



 Beliefs about browsing the Internet


 Evaluating health information


 Finding health information


 Perceived research skills


 Research and library experience


 Evaluating health information + Finding health information = Overall research readiness



What do my results say about my information-seeking skills and behaviors? Your results provide a snapshot of your current skills, attitudes, and beliefs in the assessed categories and should serve as a guide for future skill development.

Beliefs about browsing the Internet. For this category only, the lower the score, the better. Higher scores indicate your belief that the open Internet provides better information than trusted academic sources. Lower scores indicate that you place greater value on information from trusted academic sources.  

Evaluating health information. Higher scores indicate that you differentiate between the types and relevance of multiple information sources and that you analyze and evaluate information for accuracy, impartiality, and thoroughness.   

Finding health information. Higher scores indicate your skills in searching for health information online, using different search strategies, resources, and tools to locate credible information.

Perceived research skills. Higher scores indicate your belief that you are skilled in locating and evaluating health information online.

Research and library experience. Higher scores indicate that you realize the need to seek health information from trusted sources such as libraries, strategically utilize various resources and experts, and review information for accuracy, impartiality, and thoroughness.

What should I expect after taking the RRSA? Shiffman Library and the Office of Learning and Teaching are developing interactive learning interventions and tools to enhance your online information-seeking skills. The learning modules will  be linked here when available.