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UNIV 105: Introduction to Library and Information Research

Please encourage your students to take UNIV 105, our one-credit Introduction to Library and Information Research course!

Course Description

A broad overview of information-literacy concepts as related to the library. Introduction of skills for locating, evaluating, and using all types of resources with special emphasis the social value and role of quality information. The course will include a section on the legal and ethical uses of information. S/U Grading.

Introduction to Library and Information Research provides an introduction to seeking information and the research process. It introduces skills for locating, evaluating, and using all types of resources. Special emphasis will be placed on the social value of quality information. The course will include a section on the legal and ethical uses of information. Introduction to Library and Information Research is based on the ACRL's Information Literacy Competencies for Higher Education. Mastery of information competencies contributes to student success across the curriculum.

Instructional Personnel

Taught by University Library faculty in smart classrooms, students will participate in hands-on class activities which promote active learning and critical thinking.

Course Objectives

By the end of the semester you will be able to:

1. Determine the extent of the information needed.

2. Access needed information effectively and efficiently.

3. Evaluate information and its sources critically.

4. Understand many of the economic, legal and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.

Summary of Course Schedule

Week 1: Introduction.

Week 2: Types of information, information needs.

Week 3: Using the Web for information retrieval.

Week 4: Using databases for information retrieval.

Week 5: Using print resources, books etc. for information retrieval.

Week 6: Accessing and Retrieving materials.

Week 7: Critical Evaluation of information.

Week 8: Management and communication of information.

Week 9: Effective use of information.

Week 10: Legal & ethical information issues.

Week 11: Oral presentations – Annotated Bibliography due date.

Week 12: Wrap-up.

Class activities and assignments include the evaluation of web pages, matching general and specialized databases to information needs, locating materials owned by other libraries, a discussion of plagiarism, and the proper citation of information resources.