Course Specific Research Support for J 102: 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 Gathering course outcomes related to research skills:

Other indicators of required research or information seeking:

From the Outcome and Assessment Strategies:

  • Research papers
  • Bibliographies
  • Research

From the Course Content

  • Ethical use of information
  • Acknowledgement of sources
  • Data base
  • Multiple authorship
  • Information
  • Bias

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

  • Define a researchable public policy question, including the aspects and persons involved
  • Determine the types of information needed to define the problems and evidence required
  • Effectively use information technologies, including print, online, and persons
  • Access information sources from various points of view
  • Use information sources ethically

Corresponding research and information seeking outcomes for J102

1. Recognize encompassing concepts, narrower concepts, synonyms and related terms for search terms

2. Ability to differentiate professional qualifications from celebrity status

3. Ability to differentiate published sources from crowd-sourced or self-published sources

Librarian Instructional Objectives:

1. Topic definition and refinement

2. Identify useful library resources as well as outside information sources

3. Search strategies for various information sources

4. Recognize diction and other factors which indicate bias or point of view

5. Review concepts of respecting intellectual property and copyright; citing properly and avoiding plagiarism

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.


J 102


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 Journalism SAC (Subject Area Committee)

Contact: Roberta Richards,  Librarian at the Southeast campus

Librarian subject collectors for: Journalism

Campus Librarians, supporting Communications-related subjects research

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To update Course outcomes, contact: Pam Kessinger