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LIR 110 Course Syllabus for Spring 2014Course 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 appointment; C-138

Phone: 619-644-4412

E-mail: kari.wergeland@gcccd.net

Website: http://www.cuyamaca.edu/kari.wergeland

Course Description:

Designed for those who would like to become effective online researchers. Students will learn how to select and effectively use appropriate research tools, such as library catalogs, research databases, and search engines. Students will develop search strategies, as well as focus on expressing research questions in relevant search terms. They will learn how to evaluate information for credibility, quality, authority, accuracy, and other criteria. In addition, students will be introduced to citation styles, as well as the basics of copyright and plagiarism.

Course Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • 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, search tools, and search terms.

  • 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 credibility, quality, authority, and accuracy; and provide examples of web resources appropriate for academic research.

  • Create a bibliography that includes sources in 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.

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 number changes.

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 are presented. 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

Late Work

Please pay attention to all due dates. I will not accept late work.

Inactive Students

Students who are inactive will be dropped from the course.  If an entire week goes by with no activity on your part either through the discussion board participation, email communication, submission of work, quiz, or exam, you will be dropped.  Therefore, it is imperative that you let me know if your contribution to the class will be interrupted.

Incompletes

An incomplete grade will be granted, at the instructor's discretion, due to emergencies occurring near the end of the 8-week session.

Required Textbook

The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook, 4th Edition
by Randolph Hock
ISBN 978-1-937290-02-3

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.

Materials

None.

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. See http://www.cuyamaca.edu/DSPS/ for contact information.

Academic Honesty

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 expulsion.

So what are some examples of plagiarism and/or cheating?

  • 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 justfreepapers.com.
  • 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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students having successfully completed this course exit with the following skills, competencies and/or knowledge:

  • Explain how Internet search tools can be used effectively to access and gather information, especially as it pertains to college research.

  • Assess the scope of a given research question and develop an effective search strategy.
  • Differentiate between primary and secondary sources, as well as popular and scholarly sources.

  • Evaluate resources for credibility, quality, authority, and accuracy.

  • Discuss plagiarism, as well as Fair Use, as it pertains to copyright.

 

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