Library and Internet Research
(3 credits, offered online Fall, Winter, Spring)
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** Nota Bene: Please be aware, this is an abbreviated course description-- for the full syllabus, including the class schedule or any other questions, please contact the Reference Librarian by email or phone. **
Course Goals and Objectives
Library and Internet Research is designed, in ten weeks, to take you from being a search neophyte to a full-fledged citation master. The word research is interesting in that it can refer to both an activity and a result, and we will be talking about both types of research in this class. This includes the practical sources you can count on to locate information for your classwork and own curiosity, and the mental processes you can use to become a more practiced, experienced researcher. This will, hopefully, be a great help to you not only in your other college classes, but also in your own information searching.
You will take away the maximum benefit from this course if you are willing to approach each week's content with an open mind and actively participate in the assignments and forums. The world of information is changing on a weekly basis, which is one of the reasons we're using electronic handouts instead of a textbook, and you can learn about resources best by trying them hands-on. Remember, even Albert Einstein said "If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?"
Specifically, at the completion of this course, you will be able to:
Apply the research process to create effective research using appropriate and reliable information sources
Critically evaluate the validity, currency, usefulness, and accessibility of information
Use keywords, subject headings, Boolean operators, and other search techniques to create effective online and catalog searches
Understand the importance of proper citation in academic context
Apply a standard citation format (either MLA or APA) in your own work
Required Text: None. You will receive the lesson content you need, including handouts that are yours to keep, in the weekly folders in the online learning management system. Please dedicate a folder on your computer (or a physical folder if you prefer to print items out) to keeping class handouts in one place; you'll want to refer back to them frequently as you work on assignments and the Research Project.
This is a course on research skills and techniques, and I will be asking you to complete a research project in place of exams. This is not a research paper! This can relate to another class or an intellectual interest.
Next-Steps Reading (or, “Where did all these class articles come from, again?)
This list is “FYI” (for your information)- these are NOT required texts!
Shirky, Clay. Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. New York: Penguin, 2008. UCC Lib: 303.4833 S
Weinberger, David. Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2007. UCC Lib: 303.4833 W
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