LIBR 150: Information Literacy & Research Skills
Instructors: Chad Kahl & Romelia Salinas
Classroom: Library Electronic Classroom 1 (LEC1), room 1033A, Library North
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, Library North
Phone: (323) 343-6093 (C. Kahl) and (323) 343-2019 (R. Salinas)
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
Course DescriptionDevelops 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.
- 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.
Required TextsThere is no required text. However, there may be additional readings provided by the instructor.
HomeworkHomework 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).
Final ProjectYou 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.
Oral PresentationA 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.
Style ManualThe 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.
Final ExamThe final exam will be offered on Friday, June 13th from 4:30 to 7:00 PM.
Reasonable AccommodationsUpon 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
- Review of Course Requirements
- Terminology review (commonly used library terms)
- Introduction to the Library Web
- Accessing Library from home (NIS Accounts)
- How to use WebCT (WebCT 3.8 Student Help Index)
homework: Project Topic Selection exercise
Week 2 - April 9
homework: APA Citation exercise
Week 3 - April 16
- Choosing and analyzing a research topic
- Deciding on a topic
- Narrowing a topic
- Search strategies
- Critically evaluating the information you find
Week 4 - April 23
- 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
homework: Book and Media Search exercise
Week 5 - April 30
- Encyclopedia and dictionaries
- Subject vs. general
- Print vs. electronic
- Foreign language
homework: Encyclopedia exercise
Week 6 - May 7
- 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
Week 7 - May 14
- Government information
- Intellectual Freedom
homework: Government Document Search exercise
Week 8 - May 21
- 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
- UC Berkeley: Evaluating Web Pages: Experience Why It's Important | evaluation form
- Evaluating Information on the World Wide Web
- Search Engine Showdown: Search Engine Features Chart
homework: Internet Search exercise
Week 9 - May 28
- Oral Presentations
Week 10 - June 4
- Course review
- Final Project due
Finals - June 13
- Final exam - 4:30 - 7:00 PM