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RRSA (Research Readiness Self-Assessment) for Postgraudates


Research Readiness Self-Assessment (RRSA) is part of the Library’s Postgraduate Support Programme to assist you to evaluate your research readiness.  You are strongly advised to follow the instruction below to complete this self-administered assessment.   

  • You are required to complete the online questions within 40 minutes
  • An individual analysis report will be issued immediately after the assessment
  • From the result, you will know your strengths and weaknesses and appropriated library information literacy session will be recommended to improve their research skills and knowledge.

If you would like to complete this assessment, please feel free to contact Ms. Phoebe Leung of the Library at

(Due to quota limit, the RRSA information will be given upon request only)  

Here is more information about RRSA for your reference.

Research Readiness Self-Assessment - RRSA

RRSA was developed by the Central Michigan University of the United States. It is a tool to measure student’s knowledge and skills of utilizing library resources & scholarly information identified in the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, as well as their perceived research abilities.

RRSA comprises measurement on six areas, three subjective believes and past experiences and three objective measurements:


Subjective believes and past experiences

Perceived Research Skills reflected how the new students perceived themselves on their research and information skills.

Research & Library Experience reflected how often they would use library, access library website, discuss with library staff on a research topic, write a research paper, etc.

Browsing the Internet indicated the tendency of relying on popular search engine for scholarly research. (The higher the score means stronger reliance).


Objective measurements

Obtaining Information covered the topics on keyword search, Boolean operators, primary vs secondary sources, reading call numbers, etc.

Evaluating Information showed the ability to locate information from different types of sources (peer‐reviewed journal vs popular magazine) and judging the reliability and quality of information.

Understanding Plagiarism shows the student’s awareness on the issues of copyright and plagiarism.