Course Specific Research Support for IRW 115: 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 College Reading and Composition course outcomes related to research skills:

Other indicators of required research or information seeking:

From the Course Description:

"Emphasizes strategies for comprehension and response, critical reading and thinking skills, information literacy, adaptive reading and metacognition"

From the Addendum to the Course Description:

" least one essay that incorporates source materials and employs citation conventions."

From the Course Activities:

"Practice locating, evaluating and using information effectively and ethically to construct a line of inquiry and encourage intellectual curiosity."

From the Outcome and Assessment Strategies:

"Research tasks"

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

  • Understand a topic query will evolve, and cannot be limited to their personal interests alone
  • Recognize that topics are written about from different points of view
  • Understand that information research is iterative and takes time
  • Ability to learn the aspects of the discourse community of academic writers

Corresponding research and information seeking outcomes for IRW 115

  1. Develop topics from areas of personal interest
  2. Identify broader, narrower, and synonyms for search terms
  3. Explore ideas, sources, and various search strategies
  4. Locate and use information sources available through the library, including books and articles, both print and electronic
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of attribution, and collect components to identify and cite sources

Librarian Instructional Objectives:

  1. Devise a researchable topic
  2. Differentiate ideas and concepts, from keywords ,to build a search strategy
  3. Use metacognition to track what is effective or not in a search strategy
  4. Identify and use information sources available through the library, including books and articles, both print and electronic
  5. Use citation generators and collect citation elements for each source used



Librarian subject collectors for: Reading

Campus Librarians, supporting Reading-related subjects research

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.


IRW 90

Information Seeking

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

IRW 115

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.


Integrated Reading and Writing courses with outcomes related to research and information seeking

Librarian Liaison to the Reading SAC (Subject Area Committee)

Contact: Alan Cordle Villegas, librarian at the Sylvania campus

For information about this page:

To update Course outcomes, contact: Pam Kessinger