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Information Literacy Program - Second Semester

Learning Outcomes for First Year Students, Spring Semester


Second semester English (EN104) students will be able to...

  • Understand the components of the research process and how they fit together
  • Define the research or information need
  • Recognize and understand the purpose of various types of reference resources (specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, bibliographies, etc.)
  • Understand the difference between keyword and subject searching
  • Evaluate and select information for relevance, accuracy, authority, and reliability
  • Construct effective search strategies using Boolean operators, truncation, and controlled vocabulary in the online catalog and research databases
  • Perform and refine searches in an identified e-reference resource
  • Perform and refine searches in an identified subject-specific database
  • Distinguish between primary, secondary, and tertiary sources
  • Use online help, guides, and tutorials to improve search outcomes
  • Understand the need for obtaining additional resources via Interlibrary Loan
  • Download citation information for use in bibliographies
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