NCC 120: Information Research Strategies
Tuesday/Thursday, February 5– March 12, 2013
Instructor: F. Elizabeth Nicholson
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Mondays - Fridays
Phone: 637-5707; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Description: This course guides students in becoming life-long learners and effective & efficient users of information. Students who take this course will develop the ability to recognize a need for information, efficiently locate information relevant to the need, critically evaluate information, select the most authoritative resources, and effectively communicate that information to accomplish an identified purpose. Students will be able to build upon existing skills and understandings to advance their abilities to draw upon new information in ethically-informed and resourceful ways.
Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, students will have developed a basic mastery of the Association of College & Research Libraries’ five Information Literacy Standards for Higher Education:
1. The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed.
2. The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.
3. The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system.
4. The information literate student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.
5. The information literate student understands many of the economic, legal and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.
Textbooks: You are not required to buy a textbook. We will be using William Badke’s Research Strategies: Finding Your Way Through the Information Fog, which is on reserve at the Information Services Desk. You may also consult The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You, which is also at the Information Services Desk.
Attendance: Since this is a hands-on class relying heavily on in-class activities, attendance is required. All of the assignments are based on in-class activities. Especially since this is only a five week course, students should attend all sessions, be on time, and stay until the class is over. If it is completely unavoidable that you miss class, it is your responsibility to find out what was covered and make the work up. In order to be granted an excused absence, you must provide me with supporting evidence that conditions were clearly beyond your control (personal illness, death or serious illness of immediate family member). You must notify me before 10:00 a.m. the day you are absent. I retain the right to judge whether the documentation you provide merits an excused absence.
Missed Class Work: Each in-class exercise is worth 10 points. If you are absent, you will not get credit for the exercise. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Assignments: All late assignments will automatically be lowered by one letter grade.
Quizzes: At the beginning of every class you will be given a one question quiz on some aspect of your reading for that day. If you are late or absent, you will not be able to take the quiz. NO EXCEPTIONS. Each question is worth 5 points.
Please turn off phones and pagers before entering class. Because this class is taught in a computer lab, the temptation to engage in chat, instant messaging, email, online games, etc. is great. You are here to learn. Only computer activities that you have been instructed to engage in will be permitted.
Session 1 - February 5 Introduction; The Information Cycle
Session 2 - February 7 The Filter Bubble; Choosing a topic/Topic Development; Organization of Information
Sesson 3 - February 12 Research Strategies; Developing a working knowledge of you topic.
Session 4 - February 14 Research Strategies; Developing a working knowledge of you topic continued.
Session 5 - February 19 Finding and evaluating books, primary sources, subject headings
Session 6 - February 21 Finding and evaluating books continued
Session 7 - February 26 Finding and evaluating articles
Session 8 - February 28 Finding and evaluating articles continued
Session 9 - March 5 Finding and evaluating websites
Session 10 - March 7 Intellectual Property, Copyright, Plagiarism, Censorship/Banned Books, Intellectual Freedom
Final: 10:00 March 12 Final
All textbooks are on Reserve at the Information Services Desk with a 2 hour loan period.