Course Specific Research Support for GEO 110: 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

Natural Environment course outcomes related to research skills:

Other indicators of required research or information seeking:

From the Outcome Assessment Strategies:

"Conducting research."

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

  • Use scientific methodology to test hypotheses
  • Define a discipline-specific topic
  • Understand how to graph data

Corresponding research and information seeking outcomes for GEO 110

  1. Identify providers of relevant data sets and information
  2. Select and use library databases to locate discipline specific sources
  3. Evaluate sources for reliability and authority

Librarian Instructional Objectives:

  1. Identify government agencies and other providers of field research data
  2. Select and use relevant library databases, including advanced search strategies
  3. Define indicators of authority and reliability to evaluate sources for usefulness and bias


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.

GEO 110
GEO 212

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.


Geography courses with outcomes related to research and information seeking

Librarian Liaison to the Geography SAC (Subject Area Committee)

Contact: Meredith Farkas,  Librarian at the Sylvania campus

For information about this page:

To update Course outcomes, contact: Pam Kessinger