Learning Outcomes for Intermediate-Level Students
Students at the intermediate level realize information is critical to effective decision making in all aspects of one's life. They can define their information needs at each stage of the research process. They understand how information is structured and classified in their chosen discipline, and learn how to use the most important research resources in their field of study.
Intermediate level students will be able to...
- Identify and use the resources pertinent to their majors (books, journals, government documents, primary/secondary resources, Internet resources, etc.)
- Interpret bibliographic citations and retrieve materials from the library and other sources
- Evaluate, examine, and select information for quality, accuracy, authority, and reliability
- Develop effective search strategies using Boolean operators, truncation, controlled vocabulary, and proximity
searching in the online catalog and specialized subject databases
- Take advantage of advanced search options in subject databases, such as limiters and thesauri
- Demonstrate an understanding of copyright and fair use of copyrighted material
- Use online help, guides, and tutorials to improve search outcomes
- Locate and use scholarly style guides that are appropriate for their chosen discipline