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LIS2004 Research Strategies for College Students | Prof. Richardson


Course Prefix/Number: LIS 2004

Course Title: Introduction to Internet Research

Credit Hours: One (1) Semester Hour

Date of Syllabus: Fall 2021

Instructor: Caitlin Richardson

Phone number: 305.237.5245


Office Hours: By Appointment

Reading Material

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.

Attendance/Withdrawal Policies

  • Within the first week of the semester, you must make sure that your MyMDC e-mail address and phone number information is updated. To update your personal information, please visit the MyMDC Student Portal.
  • Please do not hesitate to email or call your instructor with any questions or problems. 
  • All work must be submitted to your instructor by the due dates as indicated. The Course Schedule provides due dates for all course materials. The instructor will communicate due dates via e-mail, course banner, and in person during f-2-f lectures.
  • All assignments, tests, exams, presentations, etc. are to be done independently. In other words, there are no group assignments in this course, unless it is otherwise indicated. Unauthorized group work could negatively affect the grade of students involved.

Methods of Evaluation

The final grade is based upon the satisfactory completion of the following activities:



Class Participation & Attendance


Wikipedia Assignment


Final Examination



  • You will not be allowed to make-up graded work and/or tests unless the absence is officially excused, and at the instructor's discretion. Works that are turned in late (referred to the calendar and specifications in each assign. for deadlines) will be penalized with a deduction of 10% per assignment per lateness. No work will be accepted after one (1) week passed the deadline.
  • All answers to exercise questions should be written in your own words. Do not copy and paste text or glossary definitions from the course materials or other sources as answers. Copying and pasting will be considered plagiarism and no credit will be given.

Grading Scale

                  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 distance education course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the types of information resources available via the Internet
  • Identify research topics and devise effective search strategies to utilize appropriate Internet resources and Internet-accessible library databases in the research process
  • Demonstrate competence in using keyword and Boolean search techniques as appropriate for Internet search tools
  • Use Internet communication tools, web search engines, meta-search engines, specialized search engines, and subject directories to locate and access relevant information resources
  • Evaluate the credibility, quality, and accuracy of Internet resources for specific information needs
  • Demonstrate an understanding of several social, legal and ethical issues, including netiquette, plagiarism and copyright issues
  • Document Internet resources using MLA or APA style guides

Course Content

The course consists of six lessons, a Course Project, and a Final Examination. 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.

The final examination will be given on the last date of class.

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.

Technical Assistance

If you are having any technical difficulties (e.g., logging in, accessing the discussion board, etc.), please contact the instructor or visit Learning Resources, room 1400.

Online Behavior

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.