In case you haven't come across this excellent report before, Alison Head and Michael Eisenberg of University of Washington are looking into how students do their research. The first progress report is available and details their findings derived from 90 minute discussion with groups of students at various levels from 7 different US Universities or colleges, Oct.-Dec. 2008. From this they are building up a view of students being like inexperienced sailors heading into a high wind, sails flapping and being unable to go where they want.
For this blog there is an interesting list of why students use Wikipedia.
For those who think research is so easy now with Google, they are finding that paradoxically "research seems to be far more difficult to conduct in the digital age than it did in previous times".
Pic is of Cardiff Central Public Library again