Course Specific Research Support for PHY 123: 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

Galaxies and Cosmology course outcomes related to research skills:

Other indicators of required research or information seeking:

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 123

  1. Set up search strategies with varying terms and levels of relevant concepts
  2. Identify indicators of reliability for physics information
  3. Select sources, both print and electronic,  based on authority and validity

Librarian Instructional Objectives:

  1. Identify broader, narrower, and related terms to use to describe the dimensions of a topic.
  2. Locate information publishers and providers, including professional organizations and practitioners, who are recognized for quality and accuracy
  3. Search library databases, and aggregators of data sets, for useful information

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

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To update Course outcomes, contact: Pam Kessinger