Course Specific Research Support for LIB 100: 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

Using the Library for College Success course outcomes related to research skills:

Other indicators of required research or information seeking:


From the Course Description:

"Introduces using a college library in person and through the library website. Includes developing basic research skills for college. Provides an opportunity to practice skills using computer applications and online tools to find information, keep track of it, and give credit for using other people's ideas."

Aspirational Goals:

"Students will develop a basic understanding of different information formats and how they are useful.

Students will develop an awareness of the wide variety of ways they seek and use information in their lives, and the different criteria they use for selecting and evaluating  information.

Students will develop a critical understanding of roles academic libraries plays in both supporting the expansion of knowledge and maintaining a status quo."

From the Outcome and Assessment Strategies:

  • Individual or groups projects such as creating a brochure about the library
  • Presentations to the class about library services or resources
  • Interviewing a library worker and writing a summary
  • Self reflection in writing or other media on a learning process

From the Course Content:

​​​​"Skills may include

  • Use the library catalog and website to find relevant materials in the PCC Library, online, via Summit
  • Locate the library’s article databases, select an appropriate one and search it effectively
  • Know the services an academic library offers and be able to locate those services in the PCC Library and on the website.
  • Learn ways to work with a reference librarian, in person and via chat and email.
  • Describe different information formats.

Concepts, Themes, Issues

  • Promote understanding of the role of library services and resources for the successful college student.
  • Develop habits of successful studentship by utilizing college resources
  • Describe basic characteristics of different information formats."


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

  • Identify physical location of a PCC campus library
  • Understand that libraries require identification for checking out items and taking them home
  • Locate, explore, and use different parts of the PCC library website
  • Recognize that different staff have different expertise and responsibilities in the PCC libraries

Corresponding research and information seeking outcomes for LIB 100

  1. Learn to use technology for copying  and sharing information
  2. Recognize a library database as an aggregator of information sources
  3. Identify library services
  4. Identify how librarians support students

Librarian Instructional Objectives:

  1. Locate and use library technology such as scanners, printers, productivity software, email, chat
  2. Identify and use a PCC library database to search for articles with keywords
  3. Skim article result lists, select relevant articles; save, email, print articles
  4. Describe services unique to libraries such as: course reserves; technology for checkout; book collections; study rooms
  5. Describe the role of librarians as information literacy instructors; referral to college and community services; liaison with faculty who assign research projects; creators of content for the library website

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.

LIB 101

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.

LIB 127
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.


Library SAC (Subject Area Committee) Co-Chairs


Chau Hoang,   Librarian at the Sylvania campus

Veronica Vichit-Vadakan,  Librarian at the Cascade campus

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To update Course outcomes, contact: Pam Kessinger