Research expertise is required in all academic programs and in an educated citizenry. In this class, students explore critical issues about information literacy and learn practical step-by-step techniques for discerning and analyzing information resources, including online databases and World Wide Web sites. The application of these skills to any subject area is demonstrated through a final project requiring the development of a search strategy and the gathering of quality resources on a topic of academic or personal interest. These skills support lifelong learning.
- Develop the skills to critically examine information and determine its authenticity, credibility, intellectual content, bias, etc.
- Gain the ability to determine the proper tool needed to locate desired information.
- Gain the ability to use and understand library reference tools, as well as library classification systems and vocabulary.
- Know how to appropriately cite materials for research purposes using standard MLA or APA format guides.
- Know how to use print, electronic, and internet resources in various academic disciplines.
- Know the "language" of research and develop the skills to articulate successful thesis statements and search phrases.
- Understand issues related to copyright, intellectual freedom, and the ownership of information.
- Understand issues related to the access of information across social class, racial, gender and national boundaries.