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CofC Libraries Instruction Program: LIBR 105

CofC Librarians and Archivists are available to provide both scheduled and point of need instruction to ensure users have access to regular and timely instruction in the use of library and other learning/information resources.

LIBR 105: Resources for Research

LIBR 105 Resources for Research provides students with the skills and strategies needed to locate, evaluate, analyze, and apply information resources from a variety of media. The course concentrates on academic library resources but the skills and tools covered in the course are applicable for any kind of information need. 

LIBR 105 Course Goals


  • Goal 1: Evaluate content critically, including dynamic, online content that changes and evolves, such as article preprints, blogs, and wikis.
  • Goal 2: Understand personal privacy, information ethics, and intellectual property issues in changing technology environments.
  • Goal 3: Share information and collaborate in a variety of participatory environments.
  • Goal 4: Demonstrate ability to connect learning and research strategies with lifelong learning processes and personal, academic, and professional goals.

Image of metaliterate learner from ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education website.

Course goals adopted from:
Mackey, T., & Jacobson, T. (2014, September 11). Goals and learning objectives. Retrieved July 2, 2015, from website:  


Image Sources:

Finch, J. (n.d.). Map of assignments that target information metaliteracy characteristics [Infographic; JPG].

Course Syllabi

Elena Rodriguez is the designated reviewer for LIBR 105 syllabi. Prior to instructing, please email your syllabus to Elena for review.

All LIBR 105 Syllabi need to contain the course goals and student learning outcomes stated above. The current signature assignment for LIBR 105 assessment is the annotated bibliography. The following links from Academic Affairs will assist you in crafting your syllabus.

Faculty must state on their syllabi how they will verify attendance, regardless if the student has entered the OAKS course. This is pertinent to us since we are asynchronous online, and students may enter our course without completing or reviewing anything.

  • Example: If a syllabus states attendance is verified by the completion of a syllabus quiz, and the student does not complete this activity and is unresponsive to communication attempts, removing them from the grade roll is appropriate.

If a student has “verified” their attendance but is failing to complete work in the course, faculty should communicate/ discuss options with the student which may include withdrawing from the course with a W by the deadline set on the Academic Calendar. 

Express I

  • Use the special column in “final grades” on the Faculty Tab in MyCharleston by the date specified on the academic calendar.

Express II 

  • Deletions from the grade roll should be submitted within the week specified by the class roll verification date on the academic calendar. 

As of Fall 2020, WA is no longer a grade option, as voted on by Faculty Senate. Adjustments to existing attendance statements should be made accordingly.

  • Example: Since WA was the equivalent to an F, it is recommended to change our syllabus statements for excessive absences to “you will fail the course” instead of “you will receive a WA.”​​​​​

LIBR 105 Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  1. Develop compelling research questions

  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

  6. Contribute to ongoing scholarly conversation by producing new information content and building on previous scholarly efforts

Adapted from:
Carncross, M. (2014). LIB 201: Using libraries today [Syllabus]. Retrieved July 2, 2015.