Library Information Literacy (LIBRY 1), a one-unit course, is designed
to help the student develop information literacy skills and to introduce
a variety of information resources and information retrieval tools
available in academic libraries. The student learns how to develop
research strategies and how to utilize library resources and services to
effectively retrieve information in this course. (UC, CSU)
Course Outcomes: Given a research topic, students will be able to
- identify keywords and develop a research strategy.
- find and locate books,
periodicals, audiovisual materials, and other types of resources on the
subject from the library's print and online collections as well as from
- critically analyze, evaluate, and organize the information sources for a research paper.
Advanced Library Information Literacy (LIBRY 2), a two-unit course, is designed to further develop the student's information literacy and
critical thinking skills learned in Library Information Literacy. In
this course, special emphasis is given to the Internet as a research
tool, online bibliographic tools, online databases, online searching
strategies, general and specialized reference books, law reference
sources, and career information. (UC, CSU)
- Given a research topic, students will identify Web search engine(s) and
appropriate search options to retrieve and critically analyze Internet
- Having identified a career goal, students will be able to find, evaluate, and cite career information.
- Given a legal research topic, students will be able to identify legal
research tools to find, evaluate, and cite law reference sources from
the college library's legal research tools as well as from the Internet.
- Having selected a research topic, students will identify appropriate
research tools and retrieve, organize, and critically assess online and
print information for a research paper. The students will also develop
an analytical resource guide on the chosen topic, using one of the major
styles of writing.
Information Competency (LIBRY 3), a three-unit online course, is designed to empower students with the technological skills, research
strategies, and critical thinking abilities needed to find, evaluate,
use, and communicate information in various formats. The course promotes
consideration of ethical and legal use of information as well as the
application of both critical thinking and communication skills. The
course combines instruction, hands-on learning and applications, online
class discussions, analysis and evaluation of information, learning
assessment, and a research project. (UC, CSU)
Course Outcomes: Given a research topic, the student will be able to
- develop research
questions, thesis statement, and a search strategy to retrieve
appropriate research tools to effectively retrieve and critically
evaluate retrieved information.
- understand what plagiarism is and how to prevent plagiarism.
- cite sources in their research papers using one of the major writing styles.