A student completing this course understands the process of finding, synthesizing, evaluating, and documenting sufficient and reliable information appropriate to a variety of purposes including upper division coursework, senior capstone papers or professional writing, and communication tasks. Students also explore a number of the contemporary issues surrounding information in society, have opportunities to use and/or visit primary resource collections and learn a variety of research techniques. Specific sections of the course will structure assignments around a course theme identified in the class schedule. Prior themes have included Civil Rights, Holocaust and Genocide, Crime and Punishment, Food, Immigration, and Health Care. Both themed and non-themed sections are offered every semester as are online and in-class sections.
- Student can locate sources of information using traditional library resources, online databases, special research archives, museums and the web.
- Student understands a number of historical and contemporary issues surrounding the gathering and presentation of information related to the class theme.
- Students can evaluate information in terms of its quality and its appropriateness.
- Students develop advanced level search strategies and find information based on the purpose and the audience of an upper division level research task.
- Students learn to contribute effectively to a community of learners through a variety of oral presentations including book reviews and research presentations.