Course Prefix/Number: LIS2004
Course Title: Strategies for Online Research
Reference Number: 2197
Credit Hours: One (1) Semester Hour
Date of Syllabus: Summer 2020
Instructor: Christina M. Dillon
Phone number: 305.237.8655
Office Hours: Mondays and Thursdays, 9:00 – 10:00 am
There is no required textbook for this course. This Library Guide will serve as your textbook. Each module contains the required reading material. Each module includes links to supplemental reading and source material.
Information literacy has become an essential competency in the current environment of ever-increasing technological change and the resulting information explosion. The American Library Association Presidential Committee on Information Literacy says "Ultimately, information literate people are those who have learned how to learn. They know how to learn because they know how knowledge is organized, how to find information, and how to use information in such a way that others can learn from them. They are people prepared for lifelong learning, because they can always find the information needed for any task or decision at hand."
An enormous amount of information is available via the Internet, much of it in an unmediated format with no indication as to its authenticity, validity, and reliability. This course introduces students to the concept of using the Internet as an information retrieval tool, and teaches strategies for locating and analyzing information. The course is designed to help students develop the basic information literacy skills necessary for college course work, general research, and for lifelong learning in an information-centered society.
General Course Instructions
Methods of Evaluation
The final grade is based upon the satisfactory completion of the following activities:
Activities & Exercises
A = 90 - 100
B = 80 - 89
C = 70 - 79
D = 60 - 69
F = 59 and below
Outcomes and Competencies
Upon the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
The course consists of six lessons and a Course Project. Each lesson requires readings from the course website and the completion of a related exercise. Each exercise is weighted by its relevance to the performance objectives for the course.
For the course project, you will create an annotated bibliography of sources of information on your chosen and approved topic. The list of citations must be in MLA style and contain an evaluation of the resource. The five resources may include World Wide Web pages, database journals, and database articles. You should use all of the search tools and evaluation criteria you have learned about in this course. More information about the course project will be provided to you, including sample citations and annotations to serve as a guide.
Statement of Special Needs
If you have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and need assistance, please notify the ACCESS (Disability Services) department, or the course instructor immediately. Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your special needs.
If you are having any technical difficulties (e.g., logging in, accessing the discussion board, etc.), please contact the instructor or Learning Resources at 305.237.8720.
E-mail is considered an official method for communicating with online students. The College expects that e-mail communications will be received and read by online students in a timely fashion. This policy establishes the College's expectation that faculty and other online teaching staff may routinely communicate important information to students using Miami Dade College's established online learning e-mail system.
All students enrolled in online or hybrid courses at Miami Dade College are provided with an official MDC student e-mail account. Students are expected to check their MDC e-mail account on a frequent and consistent basis in order to remain informed of course-related communications. Your instructor recommends checking e-mail at least twice per week.
This syllabus may change according to the needs of this class. Any changes will be announced in class and via e-mail to all students. Students are responsible for noticing such changes.