Course Information & Syllabus
Course Description: LIS1001 is designed to acquaint the novice researcher with both traditional and computerized means of classifying, storing, and retrieving information, and will focus on the library as an information storage and retrieval center. LIS1001 emphasizes critical thinking and research skills and is especially recommended to freshmen.
Text: Readings online.
Course Website: http://www.unf.edu/~alderman/BLISS
Corequisites: Although there are no corequisites for LIS1001, students may find the course more useful if taken at the same time as a course requiring substantial research, such as English Composition or research methods courses within a student's degree program.
Course Goals: LIS1001 is designed to develop student competencies in the use of both traditional (printed) and computerized library and information resources. LIS1001 will provide students with a working knowledge of types of information resources available and how these resources enable efficient location of information in a university library. Skills developed in the course will transfer to any academic setting and will lay the groundwork for successful completion of research methods courses within the various academic disciplines.
Upon completion of LIS1001, students will be able to:
Find appropriate reference sources and indexes for identifying research materials
Efficiently use indexes and library catalogues, both printed and computerized
Understand the organization of a university library
Locate materials in any collection of a university library
Plan and organize a research project
Select and adequately narrow a research topic
Use critical thinking skills in evaluating sources
Demonstrate a facility for doing research and using libraries
Upon completion of LIS1001 students will: understand how knowledge is organized in library collections and in online databases;
be familiar with and understand the uses of major research tools necessary for successful completion of academic coursework (indexes, bibliographies, online services, Internet resources);
be able to do research in a university library using both traditional printed sources and computerized resources with minimal assistance from library staff;
and be able to choose and analyze the appropriateness of resources chosen on a given topic.
Transferrable Skills: LIS1001 will prepare students for better performance in a number of other core courses now offered at the university. In that the course develops research techniques, it will better prepare students for junior level research methods courses currently offered. LIS1001 will also complement research skills developed in ENC1101 and, if taken before ENC1101, should enable better performance in completing research projects required in that course.
Key Concepts Covered in LIS1001:
Systems of Classification and the need for such systems (Library of Congress, Superintendent of Documents, Dewey Decimal)
Guides to Classification Systems (print and online thesauri, subject headings, descriptors, key words, etc.)
Types of Materials to be used in completing research (monographs, serials, indices, abstracting services, electronic/online services, primary/secondary sources, reference works, microformat services, etc.)
Bibliographic Styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.)
Plagiarism (What it is and how to avoid it)
The Internet and the World Wide Web
Research Process (Its importance to intellectual growth; how to choose and narrow topics; how to select and evaluate material in support of a topic)
Information Retrieval Systems (library catalogs, online databases, Internet services)