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Information Literacy Learning Outcomes

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1. Identification

General Orientation
(First-Year Level)

Students will learn to: 

Intermediate 
(Discipline-Specific Level)

Students will learn to: 

Advanced
(Capstone/Graduate Level)

Students will learn to: 

-Identify a research topic and extrapolate the topic into a thesis.

-Identify and develop research questions.

-Identify keywords 

-Identify a research topic and extrapolate the topic into a thesis.

-Identify and develop research questions.

-Identify keywords

-Identify a research topic and extrapolate the topic into a thesis.

-Identify and develop research questions.

-Identify Keywords.

2. Accession

General Orientation
(First-Year Level)

Students will learn to: 

Intermediate 
(Discipline-Specific Level)

Students will learn to: 

Advanced
(Capstone/Graduate Level)

Students will learn to: 

-Successfully navigate electronic databases and Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC).

-Differentiate between format types (books, articles, media, electronic or web-based resources).

-Select and retrieve library items; correctly read call numbers.

-Differentiate between popular, scholarly, and peer-reviewed resources.

-Successfully navigate electronic databases, course-specific research guides, and Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) using various search devices, such as: Boolean logic, truncation symbols, synonyms, and subject headings.

-Use advanced search features.

-Use interlibrary loan services to expand resource options.

-Successfully navigate electronic databases, course-specific research guides, and Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC)using various search devices, such as: Boolean logic, truncation symbols, synonyms, and subject headings. 

-Use advanced search features. 

-Use interlibrary loan services to expand resource options. 

-Use resources outside of or peripheral to the topic and/or discipline.

3. Evaluation and Selection

General Orientation
(First-Year Level)

Students will learn to: 

Intermediate
(Discipline-Specific Level)

Students will learn to: 

Advanced
(Capstone/Graduate Level)

Students will learn to: 

-Select and retrieve necessary and appropriate materials; focus on currency, relevance, audience, and credibility.

-Thoroughly and critically read and evaluate print and electronic information.

-Evaluate web-based information.

-Differentiate between primary and secondary sources.

-Select and retrieve necessary and appropriate materials; focus on currency, relevance, audience, coverage, and credibility.

-Utilize interdisciplinary research skills.

-Evaluate web-based information

-Differentiate between primary and secondary sources.

-Select and retrieve necessary and appropriate materials; focus on currency, relevance, audience, coverage, and credibility.

-Evaluate all sources, materials, and information using discipline-specific methodology and course-specific criteria.

4. Implementation

General Orientation
(First-Year Level)

Students will learn to: 

Intermediate
(Discipline-Specific Level)

Students will learn to: 

Advanced
(Capstone/Graduate Level)

Students will learn to: 

-Incorporate found and evaluated research into assignment(s).

-Complete the college-required Information Literacy examination.

-Incorporate found and evaluated research into assignment(s).

-Further develop research skills.

-Incorporate found and evaluated research into assignment(s).

-Further develop research skills.

5. Identify Ethical and Legal Issue

General Orientation
(First-Year Level)

Students will learn to: 

Intermediate
(Discipline-Specific Level)

Students will learn to: 

Advanced
(Capstone/Graduate Level)

Students will learn to: 

-Correctly cite sources using a variety of standard formats.

-Understand and recognize the college's policy on plagiarism.

-Correctly cite sources and create an accurate bibliography using a standard format specific to the discipline.

-Correctly cite sources and create an accurate bibliography using a standard format specific to the discipline.