Course Specific Research Support for PHY 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

Force, Motion and Energy course outcomes related to research skills:

Other indicators of required research or information seeking:

From the Outcome and Assessment Strategies:

"research papers."

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

  • Define and select a single topic to explore
  • Navigate to library website
  • Differentiate types of sources and types of information producers

Corresponding research and information seeking outcomes for PHY 101

  1. Set up search strategies with varying terms and levels of relevant concepts
  2. Use background reading to construct a reasonable topic statement
  3. Use library tools to identify useful books and articles
  4. Identify reliable publishers of physics information

Librarian Instructional Objectives:

  1. Identify broader, narrower, and related terms to use to describe the dimensions of a topic.
  2. Use encyclopedic sources, print and electronic, to locate introductory and background information
  3. Search the library catalog, and relevant databases
  4. Locate useful information at the practitioners' level

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.

PHY 101
PHY 122
PHY 123

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.


Physics courses with outcomes related to research and information seeking

Librarian Liaison to the Physics SAC (Subject Area Committee)

Contact: Rachel Bridgewater Librarian at the Cascade campus

For information about this page:

To update Course outcomes, contact: Pam Kessinger