NVCCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
LBR 105 - LIBRARY SKILLS FOR RESEARCH (1 CR.)


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Introduces the student to accessing, retrieving, evaluating, and applying a variety of digital and print information resources. The student develops an understanding of the type of information provided in each of the information formats presented: reference, cataloged materials, magazines/journals, newspapers, and individual Internet sites. Background information, available resources, search techniques, sample searches, evaluation guides, and exams are provided in each of the course units. Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 1 hour. Total 2 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

Teaches the student how to effectively select the most appropriate information resource and how to access, retrieve, and evaluate information contained in that resource.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES

Satisfactory score on the English proficiency examination.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. describe the type of information found in a variety of information formats including books, reference sources, magazines, newspapers, and Internet sites
    2. locate topic-related online digital information resources and library materials by using library catalogues, online databases, and Internet search engines and directories
    3. critically evaluate topic-related digital information resources and catalogued library material
MAJOR TOPICS TO BE INCLUDED
    1. Search Strategies
    2. Library of Congress classification system
    3. Library Catalogues
    4. Periodical Databases
    5. Reference Materials
    6. Internet Searching
    7. Source Evaluation
EXTRA TOPICS (optional)

Bibliographic Citation Styles

Revised 09/99


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