Inthis course students have the opportunity to develop information competencyskills, which includes:

·     recognizing the need for information;

·     finding, evaluating and using information in its variousforms;

·     using information to communicate effectively; and,

·     understanding and applying the use of information ethicallyand legally.

 Attainment of these competencies enhance a student’sabillity to succeed in college and develop lifelong learning skills.  Students are introduced to variousinformation resources, including online catalogs, periodical indexes,electronic databases and the Internet.




Upon completion of this course, studentsshould be able to:

·     Explain the concept of information competency.

·     Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of  research and the role of the library inthe research process.

·     Describe the arrangement of library materials andeffectively locate them.

·     Recognize the need for information and identify appropriatesources.

·     Define topics and develop effective research strategies.

·     Access information from various resources including onlinecatalogs, online & printed periodical indexes, electronic databases and theInternet.

·     Evaluate and validate sources for reliability, correctnessand relevancy.

·     Demonstrate the ability to cite sources accurately.

·     Discern the ethical and legal issues in research.


Course Contents:

         Class1: Introduction, information compentency

         Class2: Research process, evaluating sources

         Class3: Organization of libraries and arrangement of library materials

         Class4: Reference books

         Class5: Online catalogs, printed indexes

         Class6-7: Online periodical indexes & other electronic databases

         Class8-9: Internet

         Class10: Overview & final exam


Optional Reading on Reserve:

· Riedling, Ann Marlow. Learning to Learn: A Guide toBecoming Information Literate. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.,2002.

· Gates, Jean Key. Guide to the Use of Libraries andInformation Sources. 7th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1994.

· Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of ResearchPapers. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 1999.




Students may takethis course for a gradeorfor Credit/No Credit.  The final grade will be determined byattendance (10%), assignments (40%) and final exam (50%).  The following scale will be used ingrading: A (90-100), B (80-89), C (70-79), D (60-69) and F (59 and below).  The passing grade for Credit is 70% or better.


   Assignment 1: due 10/21

   Assignment 2: due 10/28

   Assignment 3: due 11/6

   Assignment 4: due 11/13

   Final exam    : 11/13



Office Hours:

Monday 9-1, Tuesday 9-10:30 and Thursday12:30-2:30 at the Reference Desk in the Library.  For appointment,call 741-2484.