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Research by Subject: NCC 120: Information Research Strategies

Course Description & Syllabus

NCC 120: Information Research Strategies
Tuesday/Thursday, February 10 – March 18, 2014
10:00-11:50 a.m.
Class of 1997 Lab, Oesterle Library
1.5 Credits

Instructor: F. Elizabeth Nicholson
Office hours by appointment: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
Phone: 637-5707; E-mail:

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. 

AttendanceYou are expected to be in class every single day.  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: 

1.      Inform in writing (email) the instructor in advance of the absence.

2.     Provide valid verification of, or supporting evidence for, the absence.

The instructor retains 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 quiz (worth 5 points) 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.

Please turn off phones and other electronic devices before entering class. Because this class is taught in a computer lab, the temptation to engage in texting, IM, email, Facebook, etc. is great. You are here to learn. Only computer activities that you have been instructed to engage in will be permitted.


All textbooks are on Reserve at the Information Services Desk with a 2-hour loan period.