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SECTION A – Course Information

1. Course ID:

LIBR     1

Student Learning Outcomes

2. Course Title:

Library Research Methods and Resources

3. Division:

Library and Learning Resources Division

4. Department:

Library Department

5. Subject:

Library and Instructional Media

6. Short Course Title:

Library Research

7. Proposed Effective Term:

201710 - Summer 2017

SECTION B – Official Course Information

1. Recommended Class Size:

a. Maximum Class Size:


b. Class Size Approval Date:



2. Method of Instruction:


 Work Experience, Occupational


 Open Entry/Exit

 Lecture and Laboratory


 Independent Studies

 Distance Learning



3. Contact Hours for a Term:






         54.00 To


To be arranged:








Lab/Lecture Parity?    Yes  No

Does this course have lab parity?

If not, are you going to  apply for lab parity?                          Yes  No

To be arranged:







To be arranged:







Total Hours:    


              54 To


To be arranged:





4. Credit Units:

  3.00 To


5. Taxonomy of Programs (TOPS) Information:

a. TOPS Code and Course Program Title:

160100 - Library Science, General

     b.  Course Control Number:    


6. SAM Priority Code: [Select One]



Courses offered to apprentices only.


Advanced Occupational

Courses taken in the advanced stages of an occupational program. Each “B” level course must have a “C” level prerequisite in the same program area.


Clearly Occupational

Courses taken in the middle stages of an occupational program. Should provide the student with entry-level job skills.


Possibly Occupational

Courses taken in the beginning stages of an occupational program.





7. Please place this course into the appropriate discipline by selecting from the drop down list. The discipline placement indicates what preparation is needed to teach the course. Discipline faculty may place their courses into more than one discipline as appropriate:

Library Science

8. General Course Information

a. Course Credit Status:

D Credit Degree Applicable

b. State Transfer Code:

A Transferable, UC/CSU/Private

c. State Classification Code:

A Liberal Arts/Sciences Degrees

d. Basic Skills Status/Level:

N Not a Basic Skills Course

e. Sports/Physical Education Course:


f. Grading Method:

Letter Grade Only

g. Number of repeats allowed:

Non-repeatable Credit - equates to 0 repeats

h. Please provide cross listed course if applicable:



9. Course Preparation

a.   Prerequisite

b.   Co requisite

c.   Advisories

Eligibility for ENGL 68

d.   None


10. Course Special Designators:

11. Course Program Status:

 Program Applicable


 12. Funding Agency Category:

       Not Applicable

       Primarily developed using economic development funds

       Partially developed using economic development funds



SECTION C – For new transfer requests only, please complete the Transfer Status (CSU) Supplemental Form before submitting course for approval.

CSU Transferable              CSU Approval Date:                     (mmddyyyy)                 

Applying for CSU Transfer Status

UC Transferable                 UC Approval Date:                      (mmddyyyy)                 

Applying for UC Transfer Status


SECTION D - General Education Request

Mt. San Antonio College and CSU General Education course approvals are submitted to the Educational Design Committee and GE Subcommittee for approval.

1.  The Articulation Officer submits the course directly to the CSU Chancellor for approval.

2.  Upon receiving CSU approval, the course will be placed in the CSU approved area for the Mt. SAC Associate Degree GE.



Requesting approval for inclusion on Mt. SAC and CSU General Education List?

1. Mt SAC General Education Applicability:

    GE Approval Date :                   (mmddyyyy)

2. CSU General Education Applicability (Requires CSU approval):

    CSU Approval Date:                   (mmddyyyy)

3. IGETC Applicability (Requires CSU/UC approval):

    IGETC Approval Date:                   (mmddyyyy)



SECTION E - Course Content

1. Course Descriptions

a. Catalog Description:

Development of academic research plans to answer research questions with selection, synthesis, and ethical use of sources. Includes research question development and modification, use of a variety of types of sources, synthesis and communication of ideas, and attribution and citation of sources.

b. Class Schedule Description:



Is a course description to be printed in the Class Schedule?

Development of academic research plans to answer research questions with selection, synthesis, and ethical use of sources.

2. Course Outline Information

a. Lecture Topical Outline:

- Information creation and dissemination
- Evaluation and selection of information sources
- Strategies to develop steps and timelines for research projects
- Research question development and modification
- Reference sources
- Library catalogs
- Periodical databases
- Audiovisual databases
- Internet search engines
- Discovery services
- Search language, e.g. controlled vocabulary and keywords
- Search techniques that narrow and refine search results
- Search techniques that broaden search results
- Synthesis of information sources
- Integration of information
- Academic integrity and source documentation
- Final exam

b. Lab Topical Outline:

3. Course Measurable Objectives:

Provide a minimum of five (5) course measurable objectives:

1. Articulate information needs as research statements or questions.
2. Develop research plans and methods to fulfill information needs.
3. Formulate and refine search techniques to fulfill information needs.
4. Evaluate sources based upon reliability and relevance.
5. Synthesize ideas gathered from a variety of sources.
6. Communicate ideas and information with attribution to sources.
7. Compose citations for a variety of types of sources following a documentation style guide.

4. Course Methods of Evaluation:

Category 1. Substantial written assignments for this course include:

Annotated bibliography of at least 10 sources related to research question or statement

Research log of at least 10 entries documenting and evaluating research steps taken to answer research question

Full-sentence outline of 4-6 pages integrating source material and including a works cited list

One-page written evaluation of an information source, with reflection on the relevance the source to the research question, and application of other evaluation criteria, e.g. accuracy, authority, currency, or purpose

Written research plan requiring students to develop a research statement or question, a timeline to complete the research project, and identify which research tools and strategies will be used to find different types of sources

If the course is degree applicable, substantial written assignments in this course are inappropriate because:

Category 2. Computational or non-computational problem solving demonstrations:

Formulation of 4-6 search queries that narrow or broaden search results

Development of 4-6 research questions or statements

Identification of controlled vocabulary terms related to research question or statement

Selection of information sources related to research question or statement

Composition of 20-30 citations for a variety of sources following a standardized documentation style

Category 3. Skills Demonstrations:

Not applicable

Category 4. Objective Examinations:

Multiple choice, completion, matching, short answer, and true or false questions will assess student understanding of terminology, types of databases, search techniques, research methods, source evaluation, citation, documentation, academic integrity, and other concepts covered in the course

5. Sample Assignments:

Provide a minimum of three (3) sample assignments:

1. Write an evaluative annotated bibliography of at least 10 sources that help you answer your research question. For each source, provide a properly formatted citation and write an annotation in which you evaluate the source based on relevance and at least two other criteria appropriate to the research question.

2. Develop a research log of at least 10 entries. In each entry, summarize and reflect on databases searched, search language used, and sources found. In each entry, also list at least 2-3 sources relevant to the topics searched.

3. Write a full-sentence outline in which you identify and take a stand on an issue. In the outline, include an introductory paragraph with thesis statement, at least 3 supporting ideas, and a conclusion paragraph. For each supporting idea, integrate information from 2-3 references and provide a works cited list for these sources.

4. Find the best and worst websites relevant to your research question. Justify your selections by writing a reflection of 2-3 pages in which you evaluate and compare the accuracy, authority, currency, and purpose of each website.


6. Representative Text:

If the course is requested to be or is CSU transferable, provide at least one (1) representative text that has been published within the last five (5) years.  A representative text is optional for a non-transferable course.

a. Book 1:

This is the most recent edition of this text:





  Badke, William


  Research Strategies: Finding Your Way Through the Information Fog



Date of Publication:




b. Book 2:

This is the most recent edition of this text:







  MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers


  Modern Language Association of America

Date of Publication:




c. Book 3:

This is the most recent edition of this text:





  Lanning, Scott


  Concise Guide to Information Literacy


   Libraries Unlimited

Date of Publication: