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LIBR 105-02 FALL 2017 Resources for Research: Basic Info

Fall 2017 Express I Syllabus

This course runs from August 22 to October 10

LIBR-105-02 - Resources for Research -FALL I 2017 - Instructor: Jared A. Seay

This is an online course that runs from August 22 to October 10 - It is available on OAKS

At the most basic level this course is learning how use the library tools to effectively locate and access quality sources.  To help you learn how to apply them to a research paper the final/core project of this short course is the submission on an annotated bibliography of 8 of these quality sources.  Thus, if you can create and submit an annotated bibliography of sources based on a justified research thesis statement, then you will have proved that you can effectively located, accessed, and applied quality sources.  You will have show that you can use the library effectively.  You will have found the sources you need, evaluated them for quality, put them into a bibliography and justified them with annotations.

Course Objectives

Resources for Research Course Goals: 

Over the course of our Resources for Research Course we will: 

  • Evaluate content critically, including dynamic, online content that changes and evolves, such as article preprints, blogs, and wikis.
  • Understand personal privacy, information ethics, and intellectual property issues in changing technology environments.
  • Share information and collaborate in a variety of participatory environments.
  • Demonstrate ability to connect learning and research strategies with lifelong learning (Mackey & Jacobson, 2014).

Resources for Research Learning Outcomes: 

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Develop compelling research questions
  • Identify contextually appropriate tools and sources to answer research questions
  • Critically evaluate information according to discipline specific parameters of authority
  • Employ effective and efficient search strategies to find a range of appropriate information sources
  • Use information ethically, avoiding plagiarism and respecting the intellectual property of others
  • Contribute to ongoing scholarly conversation by producing new information content and building on previous scholarly efforts (Carncross, 2014, 2015).

Communication with Professor & the Class

My Contact Info

Instructor:Jared Seay

Office phone: 843-953-1428

E-mail: -- use this e-mail (put “LIBR 105” in subject line)

Office Location: Addlestone Library, Room 103

Office hours: by appointment, but I’m typically in my office  M-F, 9 am - 6pm (Unless you have an appointment, there is no guarantee I will be available or in the office if you are planning to drop by.)

If you have questions about assignments or the course content, I request that you post them to the appropriate questions area for each module on Oaks. If you know the answer to someone else's question, or if you figure out the answer to your own question, please post it! I will check the discussion board on a regular basis to help with problems and answer questions, too.
I expect you to read previous postings before making your own. No reposts!

Required Reading Materials

The information you receive in this course will be from a mixture of online videos and readings which are linked to from the class OAKS page.  Also, many readings come from the required text for this course is a free, open source document linked here:

The Information Literacy User's Guide: An Open, Online Textbook

Jacobson, T., Bobish, G., Bernnard, D., Bullis, D., Hecker, J., Holden, I., ...Loney, T. (2014). The information literacy user’s guide: An open, online textbook. Geneseo, NY: Open SUNY Textbooks, Milne Library, State University of New York at Geneseo.


I suggest you download the pdf version of this document and print it out and/or save it to your computer.

Communication Tools

Within the course Oaks page, you will see a Communication drop down link at the top (see image below). You will use this tool for the Introduction Assignment, questions related to technical issues in the course, discussion and questions about course content, as well as a possible avenue to communicate with your classmates and me. If you experience technical difficulty with the Communication tools, or with any other aspect of Oaks, you should contact the helpdesk by email or by phone: (843) 953-3375. You can also get help by contacting library and Student Computing Support Staff through the Ask Us link, which also has a knowledge base you can search for answers to common questions. This is a helpful video tutorial for using the Communication tool.