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LIBR-105-01 - Resources for Research: EXPRESS I FALL 2020: Objectives

course title

LIBR-105-01 - Resources for Research - 10893.202110 - ONLINE

FALL - Express I 2020 - Instructor: Jared A. Seay

This course concerns the understanding of information and media and how this knowledge can be applied to both your academic research as well as your day to day interaction with the torrent of media and information that floods our senses non-stop in the early 21st century. Particularly we will be concerned with how we receive information and how this affects how we perceive it.  In the end the biggest skill you can gain from this course is the ability to identify credible sources of information for your research and navigate the inherent bias in media and culture and even in yourself.

Course Objectives

Overall Goal: The goal of this course is to help you become a better researcher by teaching you how to use academic library resources more effectively and by teaching you how to evaluate sources needed for research.


Student Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course you will be able to:


  1. Understand the information landscape of how information is developed and disseminated
  2. Identify contextually appropriate tools and resources to answer research questions
  3. Employ effective and efficient search strategies to find a range of appropriate information sources
  4. Critically evaluate information according to discipline specific parameters of authority
  5. Use information ethically, avoiding plagiarism and respecting the intellectual property of others

Course Materials

This course does not require that you purchase a textbook. We will be using materials created by or located by your instructor including videos, articles, book chapters, and essays.  

Communication with Professor & the Class

My Contact Info

Instructor:Jared Seay

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

Office hours: by appointment.  I will be announcing online office hours once the course starts.

If you have questions about assignments or the course content, I request that you post them to the ASK ANY Questions discussion board which is located in every module. 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!

Specific Learning Objectives

  • Understand how different types of information (general, news, data, research ect.) are created and disseminated

  • Understand how to develop a compelling research question 

  • Understand how to find credible sources

  • Understand what tools and resources and services are available for a student at the library

  • Understand the concept of primary and secondary sources

  • Understand the concept of peer review & peer reviewed sources

  • Understand the parts of a citation, why citation is important and how to cite properly

  • Know what plagiarism is and why it is important to avoid

  • Know the significance of and how to produce an annotated bibliography