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UNIV 105: Introduction to Library & Information Research  

Information about the library's credit course on information literacy and research.
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Course Description

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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.


What do students say about UNIV 105?

"UNIV 105 really benefited my research skills and my overall academic performance. I learned how to easily and quickly navigate the library and various online databases and how to utilize every research tool that NIU provides. This in turn facilitates my research process and makes it much more enjoyable to research. Furthermore, I feel as if I have an advantage over other students in my classes because I already am extremely familiar with the databases and library, so when it comes to research projects I can get started immediately and know exactly what to do."

--Ashley Kyle, 2014-2015 Research Rookie.

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Larissa K. Garcia,
Information Literacy Librarian
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FML 145C
Phone: 753-4822

UNIV 105: Introduction to Library & Information Research

UNIV 105: Introduction to Library and Information Research provides a framework for the research process and reinforces the necessary skills for locating, evaluating, and utilizing all types of resources, with a special emphasis on the social and academic value of high-quality information. Taught by University Libraries faculty, the campus experts on research and information literacy, UNIV 105 includes hands-on activities that promote active learning and provides opportunities to research topics that are relevant to your other classes. In UNIV 105, students will learn to

  • Evaluate the scholarly integrity of information found on the Web
  • Identify and navigate the best and most relevant sources, print and electronic, for their research
  • Ethically incorporate research into their writing

This course gives you an edge in both their academic career and beyond.



  • UNIV 105 for Honors. Section 00H1. Instructor: K. Ladell. Meets Tu 10:00-10:50am

  • UNIV 105, Section T101 (TENTATIVE). Instructor: L. Kessler Garcia.  Meets We 10:00 - 10:50am. This section is part of a Themed Learning Community (TLC). To enroll in this course, you must be co-enrolled in ENGL 203 (Section#: TBD; Class#: TBD). Use the TLC Pre-Enrollment Form to register.

  • UNIV 105 Online, Section 00W. Instructors: K. Hovde & L. Kessler Garcia. Meets online. NOTE: In person use of Founders Memorial Library materials is required for some assignments.



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