LIB111 - Use of Information Resources
Research and Instruction Librarians teach a one-credit, 8-week course that is offered during second block of the fall and spring semesters.
- General Description: This course instructs students on how to find and evaluate information. Instructors incorporate the six frames of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy throughout the duration of the course, recognizing that the concepts of the Framework are interrelated. This course is an elective.
- Specific Goals:
Demonstrate a basic understanding of different types of information sources and their purposes such as scholarly materials (books and journals), magazines
and the categories of such in terms of purpose, authorship, bias, etc.) news sources, various online sources (academic and non-academic) such as blogs,
and social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and others. Recognize that a topic involving very
recent events will demand use of less scholarly resources and more of news sources and online outlets such as blogs, Twitter, Facebook, etc.
- Be able to formulate research questions and recognize that research can be approached from different perspectives. Recognize that research is a reiterative process.
- Be able to determine search terms and strategies for locating information using the library's databases and other resources. Be able to distinguish among ways of searching in online databases (natural language, keyword, subject and other types of searches). Understand the importance of placing topics in context and how this shapes information seeking behavior.
- Be able to critically evaluate the accuracy and credibility of authors.
- Be able to give proper credit to the intellectual contributions of others through attribution and citations, as well as make informed choices regarding use of information with issues related to privacy, copyright, and academic integrity.
- Recognize that any information source (scholarly or otherwise) represents only one of many perspectives on an issue or topic, and effective research must encompass a variety of viewpoints and resources. Recognize that the production of knowledge plays out as a dialogue among many contributors where disagreement can take place.
- These course goals are stated on each instructor's syllabus. Each instructor, however, creates their own course in terms of presentation materials, in-class exercises, assignments, and exams.