Information Research (LIBR 100)

Information Research (LIBR 100) is a one-credit course for students who are interested in improving their research skills. Researchers have vastly more information at their disposal than they can use. The challenge is to identify information that is both credible and relevant to your assignment, topic, or question. Information Research will give you the tools to manage any level of research, graduate or undergraduate.

Topics covered:

  1. Reading citations
  2. Selecting a manageable, researchable topic
  3. Finding background information
  4. Choosing relevant databases
  5. Search strategies in databases
  6. Evaluating information sources for point of view, bias, and conflict of interest
  7. Scholarly sources and peer review
  8. Books
  9. Writing annotations

Expected course outcomes:
By the end of the course you should be able to:

  1. Identify researchable topics
  2. Find background information on a topic
  3. Use databases to find articles and books relevant to your topic
  4. Analyze and evaluate sources, published and unpublished, as to purpose, authority, reliability, point of view or bias, and possible conflict of interest
  5. Effectively annotate and correctly cite sources

 

Course offerings for spring 2020

Tuesday 11:10 am - 12:00 pm Clay Williams
Tuesday 12:10 pm - 1:00 pm John Pell
Tuesday 4:10 pm - 5:00 pm Tony Doyle
Wednesday 11:10 am - 12:00 pm Sarah Ward
Wednesday 12:10 pm - 1:00 pm Sarah Ward
Wednesday 3:10 pm - 4:00 pm Jennifer Newman
Thursday 11:10 am - 12:00 pm Tony Doyle
Thursday 12:10 pm - 1:00 pm Tony Doyle
Thursday 3:10 pm - 4:00 pm Phil Swan
Thursday 4:10 pm - 5:00 pm Phil Swan