Course Specific Research Support for DE 21: Home

The purpose of this page is to link curriculum requirements, for developmentally-appropriate and discipline-specific research skills, to matching library instruction and information literacy support outcomes

Introduction to Information Literacy course outcomes related to research skills:

Other indicators of required research or information seeking:

From the Outcome and Assessment Strategies:

  • Multi-Step Information Seeking Assignment
  • Research Log or Journal

From the Course Content:

  • Brainstorming to identify an information need
  • Forming inquiry questions for academic and/or lifelong learning
  • Exploring varied sources in order to refine topic selection
  • Persistence in information seeking activities
  • Identifying and selecting appropriate sources for information need
  • Evaluating sources for credibility
  • Using sources appropriately

Bridging competencies to support research and information seeking at this level:

  • Ability to select an area of interest and focus on a single, definable question
  • Readiness to listen and write, and participate in class discussion

Corresponding research and information seeking outcomes for DE 21

1. Identification of information need and topic selection

2. Question formulation

3. Source selection and use of diverse sources

4. Distinguishing between internet and electronic library sources

5. Evaluation of websites and other sources for credibility

6. Appropriate use of informal citation

7. Contact with Reference Librarian

Librarian Instructional Objectives:

1. Take a one word topic area and add a perspective

2. Derive a researchable question from the topic word, the perspective, and how a person with that perspective would search for answers

3. Navigate the library website

4. Search engines and self-published web pages v. library databases and reference tools

5. Website evaluation checklist

6. Using citation generators

7. Librarian introduces self to the class, and presents their interest in student success with information literacy skills

Placement of courses on an Information Literacy Continuum

Courses Instructional Stages Student's Developmental Stage

DE 21

Connecting to 

1. I know where the library is located and about some of the services provided.



Information Seeking

2. I can identify a topic, and identify useful information sources to read about it.


Literacy Skills

3. I can develop a topic statement, locate and use library sources, and begin  informational research.




Academic or Career/
Technical Related

4. I evaluate the sources I have found for relevancy to my field, and I know who some of the experts are.

Inquiry and Exploration for

5. I can identify pro- and con-positions on a topic. I can identify the perspectives of various experts in a field.

Discipline- or Area
of Study Specific

6. I can support my position on an issue with evidence. I can accurately summarize the scholarly or professional conversation.


Developmental Education courses with outcomes related to research and information seeking

Librarian Liaison to the Development Education SAC (Subject Area Committee)

Contact: Roberta Richards,  Librarian at the Southeast campus

Librarian subject collectors for: Developmental Education

Campus Librarians, supporting College Survival related subjects research

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To update Course outcomes, contact: Pam Kessinger