First-Year and Sophomore Learning Outcomes
- WCore Courses with a Writing Emphasis
- Satisfies college Information Literacy requirement
- WCore Explorations and W-Seminar Courses without a Writing Emphasis
- Lower-Division Courses within Undergraduate Academic Programs
Students will be able to:
- Refine a broad research topic into a focused research question.
- Create relevant search terms for a given information need.
- Select an appropriate search tool (such as GriffinSearch or a subject database) and conduct an effective keyword search.
- Refine a search as necessary by using alternative search terms, limiters, and subject headings.
- Access electronic sources such as e-books and journal articles and use call numbers to locate books in the library’s print collection.
- Differentiate between primary, secondary, and tertiary sources.
- Evaluate information in a variety of formats by asking relevant questions about the information's origins, authority, and purpose, and by considering the context in which it will be used.
- Begin to synthesize multiple sources to develop an understanding of academic discourse.
- Identify and use style guides to cite sources in a standard citation style.
Junior and Senior Learning Outcomes
- Senior Seminar: Making Connections (WCore)
- Upper-Division Courses within Undergraduate Academic Programs
Students will be able to
- Identify the subject databases most useful for their academic discipline, and begin to develop a knowledge of the key literature, genres, and authors in their field.
- Demonstrate high level search strategies, including but not limited to: citation tracking, boolean phrases, subject headings, thesaurus function and controlled vocabulary.
- Discuss the limitations of library databases and information gathering in relation to their field of discipline and their professional careers.
- Model their discipline’s approach to research by engaging in critical reading of research methodologies and beginning to employ those methods in their work.
- Perform critical readings of scholarly literature, identifying how an author’s research contributes to the current knowledge and discourse surrounding a topic.
- Summarize this information in annotated bibliographies and/or literature reviews.
- Create a citation using the appropriate citation format for their field.
- Understand the ethical issues surrounding information access and use.
- Recognize prejudice, deception, and manipulation in sources.
- Use raw data and primary sources to construct new knowledge.