Course Specific Research Support for RD 90: 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

Reading 90 course outcomes related to research skills:

Other indicators of required research or information seeking:

From the Outcome and Assessment Strategies:

  • written summaries / responses
  • reading logs / journals / portfolios
  • presentations with rating criteria

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

  • Ability to articulate an issue of controversy
  • Identify synonyms and related concepts

Corresponding research and information seeking outcomes for RD 90

1. Identify sources which match personal interest but also which are from other viewpoints;  locate mediated sources with editorial stance about controversial issues

2. Locate reliable sources for factual information

3. Identify indicators of author’s purpose

4. Use creativity and flexibility to find sources to gain an informed position on a topic

5. Scan the search results to look for matching terms

6. Slow reading down enough to skim the search results to identify relevant result based on related concepts

Librarian Instructional Objectives:

1. Use library databases which offer viewpoint essays, editorials, or that provide sources with particular editorial stances

2. Use library electronic tools to locate reliable factual information

3. Recognize internet hoaxes as well as overly biased, self-generated and crowd-sourced sources

4. Revise search terms to get better results

5. Analyze result sets for relevance when search terms are not evident

Placement of courses on an Information Literacy Continuum

Courses Instructional Stages Student's Developmental Stage

RD 80

Connecting to 

1. I know where the library is located and about some of the services provided.


RD 90

Information Seeking

2. I can identify a topic, and identify useful information sources to read about it.

RD 115

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.


Librarian Liaison to the Reading SAC (Subject Area Committee)

Contact: Alan Cordle Villegas, librarian at the Sylvania campus

Reading courses with outcomes related to research and information seeking

Librarian subject collectors for: Reading

Campus Librarians, supporting Reading-related subjects research

For information about this page:

To update Course outcomes, contact: Pam Kessinger