LIBT 100: Information Literacy

Citrus College Course Outline of Record

Citrus College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Fall 2018
Credits: 3
Lecture Hours : 54
Lab Hours: 0
Hours Arranged: 0
Transferable to CSU: Yes
Transferable to UC: Yes - Approved
Grading Method: Standard Letter

Catalog Course Description

This course is an introduction to the use of information resources and technologies, emphasizing the principles of information competency. The course focuses on the organization of information and the research process. Students will be introduced to information resources available in libraries and on the Internet, how to successfully identify, select, evaluate and cite various types of information, and also the ethical and legal implications of information. 54 lecture hours.

Course Objectives

  • Become familiar with a variety of information and sources 1-2

Major Course Content

  1. Introduction to Canvas/Course Orientation
    a. Time management
    b. Technology activities (Canvas orientation, library website, accessing syllabus)
  2. Introduction to the Framework for Information Literacy
    a. Defining information literacy
    b. History of ACRL framework/quiz
  3. Information Creation
    a. Different kinds of information
    b. Ways of creating and presenting information, how can that get skewed?
  4. Research as Inquiry 
    a. Exploring topics with general research
    b. Selecting a research topic and creating a proposal 
  5. Searching - Strategic Exploration 
    1. Library classification
    2. Specialized databases
  6. Authority is contextual and constructed
    1. Critical thinking skills
    2. Evaluating sources in print and online 
  7. Information has Value
    1. Copyright, fair use, open access (Ethical use of information)
    2. Plagiarism and citing sources
  8. Scholarship is a conversation 
    1. APA/MLA
    2. Google scholar/other citation styles
  9. Wrap up and review 

Suggested Reading Other Than Required Textbook

Articles in professional publications and from library databases

Examples of Required Writing Assignments

1. Students will be required to keep a research journal throughout the class. The first entry will consist of what you already know about conducting research and how comfortable you are with various research methods. The final week will consist of an assessment of what you have learned.
2. Students will be required to write an annotated bibliography

Examples of Outside Assignments

1. Students will be required to evaluate websites based on their accuracy, currency, and other requirements.
2. Students will be required to complete a project on copyright vs. fair use

Instruction Type(s)

Lecture, Online Education Lecture