LIBR 150: Information Literacy & Research Skills
Instructors: Chad Kahl & Romelia Salinas
Classroom: Library Electronic Classroom 1 (LEC1), room 1033A,
Class Time: Wednesday 4:20 - 6:00 P.M.
Office Hours: Wednesday 3:00 - 4:20 P.M. and by appointment.
Office: Library Electronic Classroom 1 (LEC1), room 1033A,
Phone: (323) 343-6093 (C. Kahl) and (323) 343-2019 (R. Salinas)
E-mail: email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org
Develops effective and efficient skills for identifying, retrieving, critically evaluating, and using electronic, print and internet sources. Assists students in preparing information literate papers, presentations, theses and web sites.
- The student will be able to select a topic of scholarly, professional or personal interest to her or him and to identify and analyze an information need relative to that topic.
- The student will be able to develop a search strategy to satisfy the information need.
- The student will be able to retrieve information resources in both printed and online formats to carry out the search strategy.
- The student will be able to evaluate retrieved sources and select those appropriate to the information need.
- The student will be able to cite sources in a format recognized by professional colleagues in scholarly communication.
- MUST obtain a free NIS account by the second class meeting. Go to King Hall D140 with student identification (EagleOne) card and proof of current enrollment.
- MUST open a free WebCT account by the second class meeting.
- Class announcements may be made electronically-you are required to check your NIS account and WebCT account on a regular basis.
- Regular attendance and participation in class discussion and activities.
- Completion of all assigned readings and homework.
- Completion of a final project and an oral presentation on the project.
- Completion of final exam.
Plus/minus grading will be used. Late assignments will be penalized by lowering the grade one step per day. For instance, if you hand an "A," it would become an "A-" if one date late, "B+" if two days late, etc.
- Class attendance and participation - 20%
- Homework assignments - 40%
- Final - 10%
- Oral Presentation - 5%
- Final Project - 25%
You may choose to be graded credit/no credit (CR/NC). You must follow University procedures to register for this option before the deadline.
There is no required text. However, there may be additional readings provided by the instructor.
Homework will consist of a variety of exercises to be completed
online. All homework is due at 5:00 PM on the following Tuesday (the
day before the next class).
You will choose a topic, research it, and write a description of your search strategy. This will be accompanied by an annotated bibliography of the sources that you used for your research. Your research project will be due at the tenth class meeting, June 4, 2003. The detailed requirements of the project will be given to you in a handout.
A four to seven minute oral presentation will be required describing your topic and your search strategy will be given at the ninth class meeting, May 28, 2003. The detailed requirements of the oral presentation will be given to you in a handout.
The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association will be used for this class, call number BF76.7.P83 2001. It is available at both the reference desk and reserve (loan) desk.
You may also refer to the Library's APA Format - 5th Edition citation style web page.
The final exam will be offered on Friday, June 13th from 4:30 to 7:00 PM.
Upon request, the instructor shall provide reasonable accommodations for students with certified disabilities. Such requests are to be discussed with the instructor as soon as possible.
Week 1 - April 2
in-class exercise: Pretest [link to WebCT login page - login to LIBR 150 - pretest is available under "Quizzes"]
homework: Project Topic Selection exercise
Week 2 - April 9
Overview & Organization of information
Importance of citing sources (electronic and print)
Citations and annotations
Overview of Information
Learning Parts of Citation
in-class exercise: Encyclopedia
Entry APA Citation
homework: APA Citation exercise
Week 3 - April 16
Research Process & Strategies
- Choosing and analyzing a research topic
- Deciding on a topic
- Narrowing a topic
- Search strategies
- Critically evaluating the information you find
in-class exercise: Topic Development [in-person exercise]
in-class exercise: Boolean and Truncation Exercise
homework: Topic Selection and Search Strategy exercise
Week 4 - April 23
vs. Keyword Searching & Library Catalog
- Subject searching vs. keyword searching
- Library catalog (OPAC)
- Catalogs (World Cat, CSU Union, Melvyl)
- Classification systems
- Call numbers
in-class exercise: Keyword
and Controlled Vocabulary Exercise
and Media Search exercise
Week 5 - April 30
- Encyclopedia and dictionaries
- Subject vs. general
- Print vs. electronic
- Foreign language
in-class exercise: Specialized Encyclopedias [in-person exercise] | General Reference Sources
Week 6 - May 7
Finding Article, Magazine and Newspaper Articles
- Defining periodicals (journals vs. magazines vs. newspapers)
- Indexes (print)
- Databases (electronic)
- Differences between bibliographic and full-text
- Periodicals finding list / SFX
Differences between Journals and Magazines [in-person exercise]
in-class exercise: EBSCOhost Multimedia Tutorials
homework: Journal, Magazine and Newspaper Articles exercise
Week 7 - May 14
to Government Documents | Web
Sources | Intellectual Freedom, Censorship and Propaganda
- Government information
- Intellectual Freedom
in-class exercise: Government
Introduction to Government Publications [in-person exercise]
Document Search exercise
Week 8 - May 21
World Wide Web
- The Internet and the WWW
- Web terminology
- Using the WWW for serious research
- Advanced searching on the WWW
- Evaluation criteria
in-class exercise: Evaluation of Web Sites Exercise
homework: Internet Search exercise
Week 9 - May 28
Week 10 - June 4
- Course review
- Final Project due
Finals - June 13
- Final exam - 4:30 - 7:00 PM