SRJC Course Outlines

5/25/2024 12:48:00 AMLIR 50 Course Outline as of Fall 2000

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  LIR 50Title:  RESEARCH SKILLS  
Full Title:  Research Skills for Papers, Reports & Essays
Last Reviewed:3/24/2014

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.00Lecture Scheduled2.0011 max.Lecture Scheduled22.00
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled04 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total2.00 Contact Total22.00
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  44.00Total Student Learning Hours: 66.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  03 - May Be Taken for a Total of 3 Units
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  LIBSC 50

Catalog Description:
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An introduction to methods, strategies and resources for preparing research papers, reports and essays.  Develop search strategies in print; gather electronic and Internet resources, and evaluate information on a focused topic; organize ideas for written form; and use an appropriate citation and bibliographic style.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Completion or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 100A, 100B or 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An introduction to methods, strategies and resources for preparing research papers and essays.  Develop search strategies in print; gather electronic and Internet resources and evaluate information on a focused topic; organize ideas for written form; and use an appropriate citation and bibliographic style.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Completion or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 100A, 100B or 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:03 - May Be Taken for a Total of 3 Units

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Inactive:Fall 2016
 Area:I
Information Literacy
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:Fall 2016
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2003Inactive:Fall 2016
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Students will:
1.  Identify and develop an idea for a topic and formulate a
   thesis statement.
2.  Locate sources for background information on the topic using Subject
   Encyclopedias and similar resources in printed and electronic formats
   and on the Internet.
3.  Identify related and relevant books in library catalogs using SRJC
   OPAC and remote catalogs.
4.  Identify related and relevant articles in magazines and newspapers
   using printed indexes, electronic databases.
5.  Locate Web sites relevant to the topic by using links,
   Subject Directories and Search Engines.
6.  Critically evaluate information sources found using specified
   information competency criteria (e.g. source quality, relevancy, date,
   etc.) for initial appraisal and content analysis.
7.  Distinguish between scholarly, general interest, popular and
   sensational resources found.
8.  Organize the topic, write a thesis statement, develop an outline
   and participate in class discussions of thesis statements.
9.  Select and apply an appropriate citation and bibliographic style and
   list and discuss the ethical, legal, and socio-political issues
   surrounding information and information technology.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Understand purpose and use of:
   a.  Reference resources for Background information
       Biography & Directory information
       Data & Statistics
       Dictionaries and Handbooks
       Bibliographies and Indexes
   b.  OPAC (SRJC and remote) access to book records
       Know bibliographic elements describing a book
   c.  Periodicals accessed through Print and online indexes
       Know bibliographic (citation) elements for periodicals
   d.  The Internet's World Wide Web
       Web pages and sites
       Subject Directories and Search Engines
       Links and Bookmarks
2.  Concept Formation
   a.  Work from the general to the specific
   b.  Translate ideas into the terminology found in catalogs, indexes,
       and readings
   c.  Pursue bibliographic references and WWW links
3.  Keep track of resources used
   a.  Citations for books, periodicals and Internet sources
   b.  Descriptive, evaluative annotations
   c.  Responsible use of copyrighted material
4.  Critically evaluate resources found based on:
   a.  Authority of the author
   b.  Date, edition, publisher/journal
   c.  Evidence about intended audience
   d.  Evidence of objective reasoning
   e.  Coverage (primary; secondary; scholarly vs. sensational;
       extensive; marginal;3foundation; update)
   f.  Writing style; references; URLs
   g.  Published reviews of the resource
5.  The importance of a thesis statement
   a.  The core paragraph; structuring the ideas
6.  Mechanics of writing a paper
   a.  Outline
   b.  References, documentation formats, and styles
   c.  Annotated bibliography
   d.  Recognize permissible uses of intellectual property.
       1.  Differentiate between fair use and plagiarism
       2.  Identify copyrighted information

Assignments:
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1.  Exercise to introduce the following library resources:
   OPAC
   Periodicals
   WWW
   Reference Area
2.  Exercise in concept formation for focusing a topic
   Develop vocabulary for the search using reference backgrounding
   sources, controlled vocabulary and keyword searching
   WWW Subject Directories
   Evaluate Web sites
3.  Exercise in note taking and evaluative annotations while gathering
   relevant and appropriate information on the focused topic, in print,
   electronic and on the Internet.
4.  Exercise in locating sources of current information
   Recognize opinion in print and Web sites
   Form a balanced outline of ideas
5.  Exercise in recognizing scholarly, general interest, popular, and
   sensational writing in print, electronic and WWW work.  Write
   evaluative annotations.
6.  Presentation of final projects
   The completed project is a typed report with a title, a paragraph
   describing the thesis of the report, an outline of the ideas and
   argumentation supporting the thesis; and a bibliography
   following one of the professional publication styles, such as MLA
   or APA.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 30%
Written homework, Reading reports, Thesis statements, outlines and annotations
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 30%
Homework problems, Print handouts, electronic assignments
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
20 - 40%
Class performances, Outlines, thesis statements, annotations
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 25%
Multiple choice, True/false, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 20%
Class discussion of skills/assignments


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Instructor developed syllabus.
 Supplemental:  LITTLE BROWN GUIDE TO WRITING RESEARCH PAPERS by
                Meyer, Michael, ed. 1994.
           WRITING RESEARCH PAPERS & CITING CYBERSPACE by
           Lester, James. D. 1998.
           ONLINE! INTERNET GUIDE FOR STUDENTS & WRITERS by
           Harnack, Andrew; Kleppinger, Gene. 1997.

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