The student will explore the library as a source of information and recreation. Students will learn to efficiently use the public library. Basic on-line sources and large academic libraries will be introduced.
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
1. Define by:
A. Using appropriate questioning techniques to clarify requirements of the task;
B. Analyzing and clarify a given task;
C. Identifying and interpret key words in a task;
D. Developing focus questions;
E. Devising a time-management strategy to meet given deadlines;
F. Selecting appropriate strategy to record headings and subheadings;
G. Clarifying and refine research question.
2. Locate by:
A. Identifying and locate text and non-text resources in local libraries;
B. Extending the use of internet and databases by copy/pasting from web pages without plagiarizing, using appropriate search engines, choosing broader or narrower terms to refine search results, recognize where currency of information is necessary, and selectively print information from electronic sources.
3. Select/Analyze by:
A. Selecting resources by skimming and scanning, using contents, index and text headings;
B. Modifying focus questions;
C. Devising appropriate note-making strategy with appropriate graphic organizer;
D. Recording bibliographic sources of information in correct format;
E. Understanding and comply with copyright requirements.
4. Organize/Synthesize by:
A. Recognizing information deficiencies and locate additional information;
B. Synthesizing information from a variety of sources.
5. Create/Present by:
A. Creating a written and oral group report;
B. Constructing a multimedia presentation for an audience.
A group research project will be the core for the use of informational resources. In addition to the research project, students will be assigned various activities that utilize the recreational resources of the public library and local bookstore.
Method of Instruction:
3. Small group activities
4. Assigned readings
5. Independent reading
6. Journal writing
Types of Assignments:
1. Reaction reports on short literature selections
2. Group Research Project and Presentation
1. Handbook for Writers, 7th ed., Scott, Foresman, Prentice Hall, 2004