Course Specific Research Support for LIB 101: 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

Library Research and Beyond: Find, Select and Cite course outcomes related to research skills:

Other indicators of required research or information seeking:

Addendum to the Course Description:

In this course, students will engage with the following concepts:

  • Research is motivated by a need to know more on a topic.
  • Not all information is good information; some good information is not pertinent information.
  • Successful research is a recursive process that requires persistence, and a balance of focus and open-mindedness.
  • Students engaged in research are scholars, entering into an ongoing conversation in which others€™ ideas are given credit and original ideas are valued.

From the Outcome and Assessment Strategies:

"Students will participate in in-class or online discussions on developing a research topic, and complete a written research topic statement. Students will complete in-class or online activities including searching a variety of databases and requesting books and other materials from libraries outside of PCC. "

From the Course Content:

  • Articulate a research topic, and identify what information they need.
  • Critically evaluate information and recognize the value of various types of information.
  • Save and manage information electronically or by printing it, and to describe the purpose and parts of a citation.
  • Identify a variety of sources of information, and the characteristics of the information found in them.
  • Develop a search strategy based on their research topic, and search a variety of information resources effectively.
  • Describe what resources (human, physical and electronic) they can expect to find in a library, and how to access those resources.


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

  • Identify topics, perspectives, and point of view
  • Differentiate between mediated and unmediated information sources
  • Navigate library website

Corresponding research and information seeking outcomes for LIB 101

  1. Articulate a researchable topic
  2. Critically evaluate information and recognize the value of various types of information
  3. Use citation generators when available, and collect elements for proper attribution of sources
  4. Identify and adapt search strategies 
  5. Locate and use library tools and sources

Librarian Instructional Objectives:

  1. Devise a researchable topic
  2. Identify information providers, and indicators of reliability and value of information source
  3. Identify components for creating citations, using citation generators when available
  4. Define broader, narrower, and related search terms, adapting search to the search tool
  5. Use the Library search and select and use library databases and other library tools

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.

LIB 101

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.

LIB 127
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.


Library courses with outcomes related to research and information seeking

Library SAC (Subject Area Committee) Co-Chairs


Meredith Farkas,   Librarian at the Sylvania campus

Sara Seely, Librarian at the Rock Creek campus

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To update Course outcomes, contact: Pam Kessinger