|Disclaimer: this is a sample syllabus that may not be the same as the syllabus from your section of LS101.|
FALL 2017: SYLLABUS FOR LIBRARY SCIENCE 101: STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL RESEARCH
Instructor: Jenny Schmidt, firstname.lastname@example.org. Dates: 8/28/17 - 10/6/17.
Deadline to drop without a "W:" 9/3/2017
with a W: 9/26/2017
Student learning outcomes
A student will be able to;
Successful completion of this course fulfills the General Education Area VII: Information Competency Requirement.
Students will need to complete course requirements in an online environment and should begin the course with some computer literacy. They will also need to be self-motivated learners.
Lanning, Scott. Concise Guide to Information Literacy. 2nd ed., Libraries Unlimited, 2017.
This book is available full text in EBSCO eBook Collection , Ohlone Library database (available from off campus also). A quick way to find it is to search for Lanning. In addition you can buy it at the Ohlone College Bookstore. The ISBN number is 1440851387.
This course is delivered using Canvas course management software. Information about this process is available at the Ohlone College Distance Learning Web site.
Students must login within the first two days of the course.
Communicating with the instructor
I respond to mail sent within Canvas within two business days. If due to an unplanned absence I am unable to answer communications, I will post notice of this on the course home page. We have weekly discussions. You can come visit me at the Library reference desk; see the course home page for my hours. We can also chat; just email me to set up a time.
Weekly topics & reading assignments
Week one: successful research and the library.
Week two: evaluation of sources.
Finding reference articles.
Week three: finding and selecting books.
Library of Congress Subject Headings.
Week four: finding and selecting periodicals.
Week five: searching the Internet.
Limitations and complexities of general Web searches.
Week six: writing the bibliography.
Review of citations and evaluatation.
Each week includes the following required assignments:
Please note: I have very occasionally had to deal with students' posts that are disruptive. Please be aware that if I think that a post is not supportive and constructive, I will delete it in order to maintain a safe environment for everyone. Thank you.
The final project is a bibliography with evaluations.
The bibliography must focus on a question of your choice (please include this in the bibliography). For example, you could do your bibliography about a topic that you are working on for another class, or another topic that interests you. It's probably best to choose a subject that is likely to have writings that are serious and in-depth.
The bibliography is not; an essay, or, a typical annotated bibliography where the annotations are summaries of the sources.
Plagiarism is not permitted at Ohlone. Do not copy and paste. The evaluations must be in your own words.
The bibliography is graded as follows:
There is an example bibliography on the course home page.
How to approach what you learn
This course aims to show you the different types of resources, as well as the different types of search strategies, that are available to you. You do not have to use all of the strategies we learn each time you do research. Instead, you can use the methods like a tool box that you can open whenever you need to.