Course Specific Research Support for WR 115: 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

Expository Writing course outcomes related to research skills:

Other indicators of required research or information seeking:

From the Course Activities and Design:

  • Weave relevant information and ideas from source material into an essay.
  • Maintain academic honesty by acknowledging all sources in written work.
  • Practice crediting source material using MLA style, beginning with the use of signal phrases. 

From the Outcome Assessment Strategies:

  • Research tasks

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

  • Skimming result lists to locate relevant sources, when search terms are not in the titles or abstracts
  • Concept mapping
  • Use curiosity and creativity to devise a topic and maintain spirit of inquiry for the duration of the informational research project

Corresponding research and information seeking outcomes for WR 115

  1. Identify “general knowledge” versus new knowledge, discovery, or opinion
  2. Develop topic from area of interest
  3. Differentiate search engines and indexes from information sources
  4. Recognize audience: differentiate peer-reviewed from general interest sources
  5. Use MLA style citations

Librarian Instructional Objectives:

  1.  Reference tools to build background knowledge and introduction to topics
  2. Topic development
  3. Database interface components (search boxes, limiters)
  4. Strategies for identifying and locating sources intended for various audiences (general interest to specialized)
  5. Tracking elements for attributing 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.


WR 90

Information Seeking

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

WR 115

Literacy Skills

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


WR 121


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.

WR 122
WR 227
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.

WR 123
WR 222
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 Writing SAC (Subject Area Committee)

Contact: Alan Cordle,  Librarian at the Cascade campus

Librarian subject collectors for: Writing

Campus Librarians, supporting Writing-related subjects research

For information about this page:

To update Course outcomes, contact: Pam Kessinger