Course Specific Research Support for BI 211: 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

Principles of Biology I course outcomes related to research skills:

Other indicators of required research or information seeking:

From the Outcome and Assessment Strategies:

  • open-ended essay questions and multiple-choice exams
  • scientific papers that follow standard scientific format presenting independent investigations and may include peer-review(s)
  • oral presentations of biological information, informed positions on contemporary issues, and/or laboratory results
  • major independent projects, such as, experiential learning plus journals, botany collections with ecosystem reports, library research term papers, and field journals
  • scientific article critiques

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

  • Differentiate magazine from journal articles
  • Identify scholarly sources on the open web (web-based journals)

Corresponding research and information seeking outcomes for BI 211

  1. Access primary literature in biology
  2. Select and evaluate journal articles for relevance to topic
  3. Critique scientific studies for strengths and weaknesses
  4. Identify research questions to be addressed


Librarian Instructional Objectives:

1. Evaluate peer-reviewed journal articles from library databases and specialized search engines for usefulness and authority

2. Estimate the effectiveness of search terms for locating relevant journal articles

3. Use “cited by” tools to gather a list of  scholars engaged in the same conversations and compare their points of departure from each other

4. Choose research questions related to topics in the discipline

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.

BI 101
BI 141

Literacy Skills

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



BI 112
BI 121
BI 122
BI 231
BI 232
BI 233

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.

BI 211
BI 212
BI 213
BI 234
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 Biology SAC (Subject Area Committee)

Contact: Robin Shapiro,  Librarian at the Rock Creek campus

Librarian subject collectors for: Biology

Campus Librarians, supporting Biology-related subjects research

For information about this page:

To update Course outcomes, contact: Pam Kessinger