Course Specific Research Support for SOC 230: 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 Gerontology course outcomes related to research skills:

Other indicators of required research or information seeking:

From the Outcome and Assessment Strategies:

"Conduct an applied research proposal on a major gerontological issue, grounded in social gerontological theories and research, and incorporating program, policy, legal, or social change strategies and proposed evaluation."

From the Course Activities and Design:

"Research in Aging: Introducing the Applied Research Project."

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

  • Navigate to library website to set up search strategy for library sources
  • Identify indicators of authorship, authority, and currency
  • Differentiate between evidence and opinion

Corresponding research and information seeking outcomes for SOC 230

1. Use literature reviews from Gerontology and related fields to survey current research on services and support for aging populations

2. Identify sources for professional or peer-reviewed studies for public policy related to the elderly

3 .Identify relevant regulatory agencies and governmental information sources

4. Identify sources for ethnographic research (field study, interviews, study of groups)

5. Locate generated source citations or gather elements for citations in APA format

Librarian Instructional Objectives:

1. Use search limiter to identify literature reviews

2. Use relevant library databases and identify producers of professional level and industry specific research studies and analysis

3. Search for relevant governmental sources from local to federal levels

4. Search for local service providers or policy makers in the Gerontology field

5. Use generated citations and tools for created generated citations and bibliographies in APA format



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.

SOC 204
SOC 205
SOC 206
SOC 211
SOC 213
SOC 215
SOC 219
SOC 228
SOC 234

Literacy Skills

3. I can develop a topic statement, locate and use library sources, and begin  informational research.

SOC 218
SOC 221
SOC 230
SOC 231
SOC 232




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 Sociology SAC (Subject Area Committee)

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To update Course outcomes, contact: Pam Kessinger