Course Specific Research Support for ESR 200: 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 Environmental Systems course outcomes related to research skills:

Other indicators of required research or information seeking:

From the Course Activities and Design:

"Written papers will be used to develop skill in identifying, comprehending and analyzing scientific papers."

From the Outcome Assessment Strategies:

"Written assignments that ask students to search, read, summarize, synthesize and cite the peer-reviewed scientific literature on a relevant environmental topic (e.g., the impacts of climate change)."

From the Course Content:

"Identify, summarize, synthesize and cite the peer-reviewed scientific literature."

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

  • Recognize utility of recognizing connections between sources and the purpose(s) of citations
  • Select relevant, specialized  library databases
  • Identify aspects of the ongoing scholarly conversations on a topic over time, and between current researchers


Corresponding research and information seeking outcomes for ESR 200

  1. Locate published peer-reviewed, scientific sources 
  2. Identify professional groups and organizations which provide current and reliable information


Librarian Instructional Objectives:

  1. Select and use relevant library databases to find full text for peer reviewed articles
  2. 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

For information about this page:

To update Course outcomes, contact: Pam Kessinger