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  • 1. ACCESSING INFORMATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY (LIB100)Goals: 1. Students will learn how to determine the nature and extent of information needed in order to identify a suitable research topic. 2. Students will become familiar with the strengths and limitations of different types of information resources and the media through which these resources are presented in order to access resources effectively. 3. Students will learn strategies for the critical evaluation of information in order to evaluate the reliability of a resource and determine the biases that are inherent in a resource. 4. Students will learn how to structure and implement their own research strategies in order to plan and execute an effective search. 5. Students will acquire in-depth knowledge of library services and resources in order to be lifelong learners. 6. Students will develop awareness of the legal, economic, political and social aspects of information resources in order to use information ethically.Instructors:Your information hereRecommended TextbooksYou are not required to purchase either of these, but we highly recommend purchasingone or the other. Copies are available for in-library use in the Reference Department.You should use the one that corresponds to the citation style you select to use for yourfinal project. These are available at the Bookstore.  MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 6th ed. New York: MLA, 2003.  Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.). (2001). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.Attendance: Attendance will be taken at each class session. Please let one of theinstructors know in advance if you will be unable to attend a class session.Course Assignments and GradingYour Info HereBlackboardThis course will make extensive use of Blackboard. We will post all assignments inBlackboard and your assignments and final project should be submitted electronicallythrough Blackboard. The Blackboard gradebook will be used for students to track theirstatus.ThinkPadsSeveral class sessions will require you to bring your ThinkPads. Advance notice will beprovided.LIB 100 Syllabus – updated 4/13/2011 1
  • 2. LIB 100 – Accessing Information -- Course OutlineClass 1 Introduction  Introductions  Syllabus  Final Project Information  Library tour Assignment: Annotated Bibliography TopicClass 2 Getting to a Research Topic  Steps in the Research Process  Broadening and Narrowing Your Topic  Search Terms  In-class exercise: Broadening and Narrowing Paper topicsClass 3 Search Terms  Research Questions  Concepts  Controlled Vocabularies  Search Terms  In-Class Exercise: Concept Blocking for your topic DUE: Annotated Bibliography TopicClass 4 Searching the Online Catalog  Search Terms vs. Subject Headings; Keywords, etc.Bring Your  Truncation, Boolean Operators.THINKPAD  Using the online catalog to search: types of searches, limits, how to interpret your results.  LC Subject Headings  In-Class Exercise: Searching the Online Catalog – getting to subject headingsClass 5 Evaluating and Citing Your Sources  Tips on evaluating resourcesBring your  Style Guides (MLA and APA)ThinkPad  Why citations are important (Plagiarism)  In-Class exercise: Citation practiceClass 6 Reference Resources  Types of resources found in Reference andBring your  Finding Reference Books in the catalog.ThinkPad  Evaluation of reference resources.  In-Class Exercise: Searching for and finding reference sourcesLIB 100 Syllabus – updated 4/13/2011 2
  • 3. Class 7 Books and Annotations  How books are classified (LC Call number and LC Subject Headings)Bring your  How to find books in the Online CatalogThinkPad  How to find book in the ZSR Library  Evaluation of books for research  Writing Annotations  In-class Exercise: Getting started on Assignment #1 Assignment: Books assignment. (Assignment #1)Class 8 Databases #1 – Journals and Online Databases  Scholarly vs. non-scholarly articlesBring your  Academic publishingThinkPad  ZSR’s Find a Journal page  Selecting appropriate databases for potential topics.  In Class Exercise: Picking databases for your topic Due: Books Assignment. (Assignment #1)Class 9 Databases #2 – Searching Databases and Getting to Results  Complex searching in databasesBring your  Evaluating ArticlesThinkPad  Scholarly vs. non-scholarly articles  Citing articles from a database  In-Class Exercise: Getting started on Assignment #2 Assignment: Journal Assignment (Assignment #2)Class 10 Issues in Information  Current issues in information Due: Journal Assignment (Assignment #2)Class 11 Web Resources #1 -- Searching the Internet  Search engines v. search directories v. meta search engines.Bring your  Invisible WebThinkPad  Search strategiesClass 12 Web Resources #2 -- Evaluating and Citing Web Sites  Evaluation of free Web resourcesBring your  Citing Web SitesThinkPad  In-Class Exercise: Getting started on Assignment #3to class Assignment: Web Site Assignment (Assignment #3)LIB 100 Syllabus – updated 4/13/2011 3
  • 4. Class 13 Cool Tools for Research  Research expressBring your  Journal FinderThinkPad  Voyager Bookbag, saved searches, account managementto class  Library Services: ILL, Personal Reference Sessions, Due: Web Site Assignment (Assignment #3)Class 14 Final Project Review  Instructions for final project  Final project checklist Course EvaluationsADD DATE Final Project DueLIB 100 Syllabus – updated 4/13/2011 4