Spring 2009 - Section 6809 Mondays, February 23 – March 30, 2009 6:00-9:00 p.m., LL100-B

Instructor: Donald Page, Librarian

e-mail:       Phone: (909) 869-3170          (Cal Poly Pomona)

Additional point person:  Krista Goguen, Office: LL303, phone 626-585-7832;

Class website address: Go to PCC website and search instructor’s name.  Be sure to click the “PCC People” button next to the search fill box. (top right corner of web page)



Course Description: Organization and knowledge of academic libraries including online catalogs; periodical indexes, and online and web resources; application of the research process and research strategies; selection and evaluation of print and online resources; documenting sources and preparation of bibliographies. Total of 18 hours lecture. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC


Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

1.   Utilize knowledge of the organization, resources and services of academic libraries and the basic steps of the research process to retrieve print and online information sources.

2.   Critically evaluate and differentiate sources of information for research projects.

3.   Cite sources correctly following a citation style.  


Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

·   Demonstrate knowledge of the organization of academic libraries and a variety of information resources and formats.

·   Demonstrate proficiency in the use of online catalogs, periodical indexes and electronic resources.

·   Develop effective research strategies, including topic selection, types of resources, and evaluation of information quality.

·   Critically select and evaluate information from various reference sources; be able to distinguish popular and scholarly works

·   Demonstrate awareness of resources available and assess the reliability and relevance of information found on the Web.

·   Identify the component parts and bibliographic elements of books and other library and online resources.

·   Compile a bibliography using a standard format style.


Course Requirements and policies:

·   Complete required reading as specified in the course outline below


·   Required Workbook: Lib 1 Workbook: Basic Library Research Skills. 2009 ed.

       LIB 1 Workbook is available for purchase at the campus bookstore.
       One reserve copy available for in-Library use - Instructor Reserves

·   Attend classes and in-class activities: 180 points (6x 30 for each class and the set of exercises/activities in that class). This is a short-term class. College policy states for a short term class, unexcused absences for more than one session will cause drop or failure. Contact the Instructor if you miss a class. It is your responsibility to drop or withdraw from the class by or before the class drop date at the registration office.


·   Weekly Assignments: 150 points (5 x 30 points each).

Complete and hand in weekly Workbook assignments and in-class assignments. The weekly assignments are included in the LIB 1 Workbook. Each Workbook Assignment is due one week after assigned and is worth up to 30 points.

·   Full credit is give for correct and complete assignments that are turned in on time. Points will be reduced for late submission of homework.   It may be possible to resubmit incomplete or incorrect assignments, by prior arrangement with instructor. (Resubmission time is limited).  No assignments will be accepted after the last class meeting.  


·   Final Project:Complete a List of Works Cited on your topic. (Due: last day of class). 50 points.

Your "List of Works Cited” must have at least 10 citations including: 1 encyclopedia article
(print or electronic), 2 books, 5 periodical articles (including at least one each from a journal, a magazine and a newspaper), and 2 Internet sources. Note: These citations are part of the LIB 1 assignments.


·   Quizzes: 60 points (2 x 30 points each) week 3 midterm quiz and week 6 final quiz

·   TILT quiz: 10 points (


Grading is based on total points = 450 points

A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69%, F=0-59%


LIB 1 Assignments:  (in your workbook pp. 65-106)        


NOTE: Hints from other successful LIB 1 students:

·         Keep up with the weekly reading and workbook assignments.

·         Plan to spend 2-4 hours per week for reading and completing homework assignments.

·         Ask questions in class and/or meet with the instructor during the week to discuss or review assignments and/or ask for help at the Reference desk.

·         Take this opportunity to explore the library and online resources.


Weekly outline: subject to change


Week 1   Library Collections and Organization of Information

·         Reading: review workbook Chapter 1 & 2

·         Assignment: in Workbook pages 65-74

Finding Library collections p. 65-66

Parts of a book Exercise p. 67-68 NOTE: CHECK OUT BOOK AND TURN IT IN WITH HOMEWORK

Library Catalog Practice (Using Keywords to find Subject Headings) (Comparing Subject and Keyword Searches) p. 69-70

Library catalog advanced search options p.71-73

Library classification p.74


Week 2 Research Process and Reference Resources

·         Reading: review workbook  Chapter 2, read Chapter 3

·         Assignment:  in Workbook pages 78-84

Research assignment p. 77-79

Using Reference Resources p. 80-84


Week 3 Using periodical literature in print and online

·         Reading: review workbook Chapter 3, read Chapter 4

·         Assignment: Workbook pages 86-91

Finding Periodical Articles p.86-91


Week 4 Using the Web for Research

·         Reading: review workbook  Chapter 4, read Chapter 5

·         Assignment:  in Workbook pages 92-97

Web Research Tools and Evaluating Websites, p.92-96

Using Specialized Research Tools, p.97


Week 5 Specialized indexes, literary criticism, biography and statistics

·         Reading: review workbook Chapter 5

·         Assignment: Workbook pages 98-102,  TILT quiz, and complete your Final Project: List of Works Cited (MLA citation list of sources)

Specialized Indexes and Biographical Sources, p.98-99

Which Database and Can You Find It? Exercises, p.100-102


Week 6: Final quiz and review

·         All assignments are due.

·         Turn in course evaluation.                                                                                                2/22/2009, djp