LIR 110 Course Syllabus for Spring 2013
Course Title: Research Methods in an Online World
Course Number: Library Information Resources 110
Lecture: 1 unit
Date/Time/Place: 8 Weeks; Taught on the Web
Instructor: Kari Wergeland
Office Hours: By
This course is designed for the student who would like to become an
effective online researcher. Students will learn to select and
effectively use appropriate research tools - such as search engines,
online directories, meta-search engines, subscription databases, and
online catalogs - for specific information needs. They will focus on
expressing research questions in relevant search terms, and
employing various search strategies. In addition, they will learn
how to evaluate information for quality, authority, accuracy, and
other criteria. Ethical issues about information will also be
introduced. Familiarity with basic microcomputer operation is
Course Objectives (Expected Learning Outcomes)
Students will be able to:
- Discuss the characteristics and content of the Internet, as well
as a number of Internet search tools, and explain how the Internet
can be used to access and gather research information.
- Assess the scope of a given research question and develop an
effective search strategy by selecting appropriate information
formats, including multimedia formats, search tools, and search
- Utilize advanced search techniques - such as Boolean searching,
phrase searching, subject searching, and searching the invisible web
- to demonstrate proficiency in gathering appropriate research
information from the Internet.
- Use criteria established in class to differentiate between
primary and secondary sources, as well as popular and scholarly
sources, and explain the appropriate use of each within the context
of a typical research project.
- Use criteria established in class to evaluate resources for
quality, authority, and accuracy, and provide examples of web
resources appropriate for academic research.
- Create a bibliography that includes sources in at least three different
information formats--and utilize a style guide, such as the MLA
Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, to format these citations.
- Discuss plagiarism, as well as Fair Use, as it pertains to
copyright, and explain the proper procedures for referencing,
quoting, or reproducing original work from the Internet.
- Identify social issues and/or problems brought about by the
Internet, as well as recent Internet trends, and assess the broad
social implications associated with increased use of the Internet
based on course readings and discussions.
Course Management and Communication
Throughout the course, you will be using Blackboard to get your
work done. You should plan to check Blackboard several times a week. Occasionally I will try to contact you by email or phone. You will
need to e-mail me your contact information as part of the online
orientation. Please let me know if your email address or phone
Once you have logged in to Blackboard,
click on the 'Assignments' button to find your assignments for a
particular week. You can also view the entire schedule by clicking
on 'Course Documents.'
You will submit all of your assignments through the upload feature
in your Blackboard account. To submit an assignment, click on the
'Assignments' button. Then click on the correct week, and you will
find links to all of your assignments. After your complete an
assignment, you will see a set of instructions for how to upload
your work. You can expect a grade on Blackboard within a week of
the due date (this is confidential). Note: you must work through
your learning activities, assignments, and quizzes in the order they
For more information, please watch the following video:
How to Upload an Assignment.
Quizzes will be offered on Blackboard, and you will have a week to
complete them. Once you have logged in to Blackboard, click on the
'Assignments' button. Then click on the correct week. You will
find quizzes listed with your other assignments. Most of the time
you will get immediate feedback after taking a quiz. Your score
should be posted as soon as you submit it.
Quizzes may be repeated once if you aren't satisfied with your
results (the final exam may not be repeated). Note: you must work
through your learning activities, assignments, and quizzes in the
order they are presented.
You will be responsible for a weekly assignment on the discussion
forum. To view this assignment, click on the 'Assignments' button.
Then click on the correct week.
Post general questions and comments on the Blackboard discussion
forum. If you ask me a question, you should get an response by the
next business day. You can always e-mail me or a fellow student if
your question is urgent or personal. If you do e-mail me, please
put LIR 110 in the subject heading, as I get a lot of spam and will
be less likely to delete your message accidentally. You may also
make an appointment to meet with me in person. See the instructor
website for contact information.
Grading and Assignments
- 40 points (10%) Discussion Forum Assignment
- 80 points (20%) Modules (1 - 8)
- 160 points (40%) Quizzes (orientation, modules 1 - 7)
- 40 points (10%) Bibliography
- 40 points (10%) Blog Assignment
- 40 points (10%) Final
An incomplete grade is given only when there is an emergency near
the end of the 8-week session.
The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook, 3rd Edition
by Randolph Hock
This book is on reserve in the library. If you don't
wish to buy a copy, you may check it out for three hours at a time.
Student Responsibility for Drop/Withdrawal
It is the student's responsibility to officially add, drop, or
withdraw from any class prior to the deadlines stated in the class
schedule. This is true even if the student has never attended class.
Failure to drop an unattended course will result in a grade of 'F'
on your transcript.
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities who may need accommodations in this class
are encouraged to notify the instructor and contact Disabled Student
Programs and Services (DSPS) early on in the semester so that
reasonable accommodations may be implemented as soon as possible.
http://www.cuyamaca.edu/DSPS/ for contact information.
Written work should be original. Information taken from outside
sources should be quoted and documented in notes and a bibliography.
Stealing content from books, magazines, websites, students, and
other sources is unethical - also known as plagiarism. Students
guilty of academic dishonesty will receive a zero for the offending
assignment. Plagiarism can also be grounds for suspension or
So what are some examples of plagiarism
- Copying any portion of another person's work
without crediting that person.
- Paraphrasing the ideas of another without
crediting that person.
- Using a paper from a website that posts or sells
examples of research papers, such as
- Using a graphic or a photo posted on the
internet without following "Fair Use" guidelines.
- Arranging to have someone else to do your work
for you. For example, a family member speaks better
English, so you ask him to take one of your tests.
- Using another student's work. For example,
last semester your best friend took this course, and
she created a bibliography for the bibliography
assignment. She has offered to let you adapt it
so that you won't have to do as much work.