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LIS 1001 Fall 2014: Syllabus

For use with the classes taught by Librarians




Professor Laurie Hime   

Office: Wolfson Rm. 1240

Office Kendall:.......................2235 (second floor northeast corner of the library)


Class Meets: Wolfson: Mondays and Wednesdays 1:40 P.M.

Class Meets : Kendall: Saturday 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Room: TBA




Course Prefix/Number

LIS 1001


Course Reference Number


Course Title

Introduction to Library Research


Date of Syllabus: Fall/Spring

Instructor: .................Laurie H. Hime

 Office Hours: Wolfson:  Mondays and Wednesdays 12:30 P.M. - 1:30 P.M. (or by appointment)

Office hours: Kendall:..............Saturdays 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM  (or by appointment)





Course Philosophy

As society moves further into the information age, students are increasingly challenged

by the explosion of digital information, and are particularly overwhelmed by the wealth

and diversity of resources on the Internet.

In this environment it is critical that students acquire search skills to locate relevant

information using many sources, including the college library and the Internet, and

develop the ability to evaluate the credibility of these resources.



Performance Objectives

Upon the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

•        Devise effective search strategies to utilize library resources 

•        Have an awareness of the many formats available for research, including

information found in electronic databases and in print form.

•        Demonstrate competence in using keyword and Boolean search techniques


•        Judge the relevancy and authority of Internet materials

•        Document library resources


Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  •  Determine the nature and extent of the information you need. (For example, if you have a research paper assignment, you will know how to familiarize yourself with the topic, identify its key concepts, and decide what you need to focus on.)
  •  Demonstrate an understanding of how information is organized and made available in libraries, within databases, and on the internet.
  •  Choose relevant information resources such as reference materials, books and ebooks, periodicals, databases, and websites.
  •  Employ Boolean operators, keywords, subject headings, and database thesauri to develop effective search strategies.
  •  Assess various information sources for reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and bias.
  •  Describe the academic research process and the structure of an article that is based on a research study.
  •  Extract the main ideas from the information you find.
  •  Explain the ethical and legal considerations of copyright and plagiarism.
  •  Explain the economic and social issues related to the access and use of information.
  •  Demonstrate proficiency in applying APA and/or MLA documentation styles.



The course consists of two graded assignments, a Midterm Examination and a Final

Examination. To earn credit for the class the completion of all assignments and exams

is required.


Grading Criteria


The final grade is based upon the satisfactory completion of the  components listed above.

Required Textbook

There is no required textbook for this course. Each week you will receive handouts as

required readings.  Any further reading will be provided to you in class or via e-mail.

Important Details

   Within the first two weeks of the semester, you must attend class or you maybe dropped from the course.  

 Each assignment should be turned in to your instructor on the date it is due.

 The  course syllabus indicates the dates all assignments are due.  Be sure tosave or print a copy of your answers to each assignment.

    If you need to use a computer,we have computers available in the library and in the first floor Computer Courtyard.

   Please do not hesitate to email or call your instructor with any  questions.


Laurie Hime


Grading Scale: 

90 - 100 = A

80 – 89 =  B

70 – 79 =  C

60 – 69 =  D

Below 60 =  F      


Grading Criteria:


Assignments 1, 2, 3---- -60% (Each assignment is worth 20 points.)

Class Participation------ 10%

Midterm and Final------- 30% (Each exam is worth 15 points.)



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