Course Specific Research Support for ESR 140: 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 Sustainability course outcomes related to research skills:

Other indicators of required research or information seeking:

From the Outcome Assessment Strategies:

"Research Paper(s) or Project(s) on sustainability topics"

From the Course Content:

"Locate and access scientific information."

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

  • Ability to question assumptions
  • Recognize utility of recognizing connections between sources
  • Locate library databases
  • Ability to analyze purpose and scope of library databases and reference tools

Corresponding research and information seeking outcomes for ESR140

1. Separate commercial information from research and evidence based sources

2. Identify professional groups and organizations which provide current and reliable information

3. Locate local and national government information providers

Librarian Instructional Objectives:

1.Select and use relevant library databases to find reliable, scientific information in articles

2.Identify bias, and point of view of information sources, and select useful sources, including persons or groups to interview

3.Use advanced search strategies to locate relevant information in electronic format

Placement of courses on an Information Literacy Continuum

Courses Instructional Stages Student's Developmental Stage


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.


Librarian Liaison to the Environmental Studies SAC (Subject Area Committee)

Contact Robin Shapiro,  Librarian at the Rock Creek campus

Librarian subject collectors for: Biology

Campus Librarians, supporting Environmental Studies-related subjects research

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To update Course outcomes, contact: Pam Kessinger