Course Specific Research Support for PSY 239: 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 Abnormal Psychology course outcomes related to research skills:

Other indicators of required research or information seeking:

From the Outcome and Assessment Strategies:

"Written assignments designed to integrate course material into personal experience, such as case studies, reflection paper etc…"

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

  • Differentiate common vernacular from scientific terms for mental disorders
  • Understand that terms for mental disorders change over time 
  • Understand the hierarchy of psychological nomenclature
  • Identify specific topic to research

Corresponding research and information seeking outcomes for PSY 239

1. Categorize mental disorders according to current classification

2. Locate case studies about the  efficacy of treatments of mental disorders

3. Differentiate between popular and scholarly sources, and synthesize information from various reliable sources 

Librarian Instructional Objectives:

1. Use current classification of mental disorders to locate current treatment information

2. Develop a search strategy for locating current information on defining and treating mental disorders

3. Use consumer-based information sources and peer-reviewed information sources as appropriate

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