Course Specific Research Support for New Directions: Home

The purpose of this page is to link curriculum requirements for developmentally- and discipline-specific development of research skills to appropriate library instruction and support outcomes

New Directions course outcomes related to research skills:

Other indicators of required research or information seeking:

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

  • Select a topic to search
  • Use synonyms and alternative search terms
  • Distinguish between ebooks, print books, videos in library search results

Corresponding research and information seeking outcomes for New Directions

  1. Locate the library as physical place, with online service 
  2. Browse library books on topics related to self efficacy
  3. Recognize a librarian as a college staff person supporting their academic success

Librarian Instructional Objectives:

  1. Set up login to library computers
  2. Use broad, one or two word library search to identify relevant classification numbers to browse in the book stacks
  3. Ask relevant questions about library services, materials and equipment available for checkout

Placement of courses on an Information Literacy Continuum

Courses Instructional Stages Student's Developmental Stage

New Directions

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.


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.


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To update Course outcomes, contact: Pam Kessinger