Course Specific Research Support for PSY 201A: 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 Psychology - Part 1 course outcomes related to research skills:

Other indicators of required research or information seeking:

From the Outcome and Assessment Strategies:

"Written assignments (in-class, homework, or formal papers) designed to promote integration and understanding of class material and assigned reading . . . Individual and/or group presentations."

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

  • Develop a specific topic statement
  • Identify synonyms to use in a search strategy
  • Identify perspective and point-of-view in information sources

Corresponding research and information seeking outcomes for PSY 201A

1. Differentiate published, vetted information sources from biased or commercial sources

2. Analyze a topic area to devise a researchable question

3. Compare information providers and identify reliable sources of information

Librarian Instructional Objectives:

1. Search for reliable information sources on a specific topic using library databases and scholarly web-based sources

2. Narrow topic to a research question based on available reliable sources

3. Identify relevant consumer information from published, government, or organization sources

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.




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.

PSY 239
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.

PSY 215
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 Psychology SAC (Subject Area Committee)

Contact: Meredith Farkas,  Librarian at the Sylvania campus

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To update Course outcomes, contact: Pam Kessinger