Curriculum and Instruction 199: Introduction to College ResearchInstructor:Amber Burtis, Assistant Professor & LibrarianEmail: email@example.com / Phone: (618)453-1448Office: Morris Library, Room 260EOffice Hours: Mondays 2-3pm, Wednesdays 1-4pm (virtually), or by appointmentCourse GoalThis 1-credit course is intended to teach students how to use Morris Library’s resources for basic collegeresearch. Students will learn how to find books and journal articles, and how to use Web resources forresearch purposes. After completing this course, students should be able to evaluate sources ofinformation more effectively.Course Website: http://libguides.lib.siu.edu/ci199 (also accessible through Blackboard)Course ObjectivesAfter completing this course, students should be able to: 1. Formulate a research strategy to find information about a selected topic. 2. Find materials in the online library catalog and obtain them for use. 3. Search online databases for articles and information. 4. Use search engines and directories to find information on the world wide web. 5. Evaluate information sources for accuracy, authority, objectivity, purpose, currency, and appropriateness. 6. Demonstrate a basic understanding of plagiarism and copyright as applied to the research process. 7. Read and write citations using APA, MLA, or Chicago style.Course RequirementsEach week, students must watch the powerpoint for that week’s lesson, complete the homeworkassignment, and take a quiz on Blackboard. There will also be a final project due the last week of class.
Special notice about plagiarism: All work you turn in to me must be your own. You should not copysomeone else’s work or pieces of someone else’s work and present it as your own. Anyone who does socan be punished under the SIUC Student Conduct Code (http://policies.siuc.edu/policies/conduct.html ).Course GradingAll assignments not completed by the due date will be penalized by 10% for each day it is late. Assignment Points Homework (6 homework assignments x 20 pts each) 120 Quizzes (6 quizzes x 20 pts each) 120 Final Project 160 Total Points 400 Points Grade 360 – 400 points A 320 – 359 points B 280 – 319 points C 240 – 279 points D 239 points and below FCourse Outline (See Course Calendar for Due Dates)Intro Week: • Read the WELCOME page at http://libguides.lib.siu.edu/ci199 • Read and understand the syllabus • Take the Practice Quiz on Blackboard
Week 1: • Watch Lesson 1 Powerpoint: Research Strategies • Complete Assignment #1 and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org • Take Quiz #1 on BlackboardWeek 2: • Watch Lesson 2 Powerpoint: Finding Books in Morris Library • Complete Assignment #2 and e-mail it to email@example.com • Take Quiz #2 on BlackboardWeek 3: • Watch Lesson 3 Powerpoint: Finding Articles in Morris Library • Complete Assignment #3 and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org • Take Quiz #3 on BlackboardWeek 4: • Watch Lesson 4 Powerpoint: Searching the World Wide Web • Complete Assignment #4 and e-mail it to email@example.com • Take Quiz #4 on BlackboardWeek 5: • Watch Lesson 5 Powerpoint: Evaluating Sources • Complete Assignment #5 and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org • Take Quiz #5 on BlackboardWeek 6: • Watch Lesson 6 Powerpoint: Citing Sources and Plagiarism • Complete Assignment #6 and e-mail it to email@example.com • Take Quiz #6 on BlackboardExam Week: • Turn in your final project by the end of the day on Thursday, 5/10/2012
Course Calendar Week Assignment Due Date (Thursdays) Intro First Week of Class 3/22/2012 Week Take Practice Exam by the end of the day on Thursday 1 Take Quiz #1 and turn in Assignment #1 3/29/2012 by the end of the day on Thursday 2 Take Quiz #2 and turn in Assignment #2 4/5/2012 by the end of the day on Thursday 3 Take Quiz #3 and turn in Assignment #3 4/12/2012 by the end of the day on Thursday 4 Mandatory Class Meeting at the Library in Room 139 on Monday 4/19/2012 (4/16/2012) at 2-3pm Take Quiz #4 and turn in Assignment #4 by the end of the day on Thursday 5 Take Quiz #5 and turn in Assignment #5 4/26/2012 by the end of the day on Thursday 6 Take Quiz #6 and turn in Assignment #6 5/3/2012 by the end of the day on Thursday Exam Last Week of Class 5/10/2012 Week Email me your Final Project by the end of the day on Thursday
Final Project GuidelinesThe final project for this course in an annotated bibliography of 20 sources (books, journal articles, andwebsites). The final project is worth a total of 160 points. For the annotated bibliography, you arerequired to include at least 3 books, 3 journal articles, and 3 websites. You can choose a mix of sourcesfor the rest, but you cannot have any more than 5 websites. You must use the Morris Library website tofind the majority of your sources.To create your annotated bibliography: 1. Write citations for each of your sources using APA format (see handout from the first day of class). Arrange the citations alphabetically by the author’s last name (3 points for each source). 2. Write three or four sentences that describe each source and explain how it relates to your topic (3 points for each source). 3. Write one or two sentences that explain how you found each source – for instance: searched SIUCat, searched a database (give me the specific name of it), did a web search – and the keywords you used to search (2 points for each source). PLEASE NOTE that each entry, which includes steps #1-3, should be about 70-100 words.The final projects must be e-mailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of the day on Thursday5/10/2012. No late final projects can be accepted without written documentation of a medical or familyemergency.