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LIBR 1101 - Academic Research and the Library

General Information

LIBR1101, Academic Research and the Library, a two-hour credit course, is taught each semester by the instruction librarians. The class is open to all undergraduates. There are typically online sections and classroom sections of the course offered.

If you are enrolled in a webct section of LIBR1101 you must attend an orientation session at the beginning of the semester. Please see WebCT Announcements for LIBR1101 for specific dates, times, and instructors for the various orientation sessions.


Course Description

This course is an introduction to academic research and the effective use of the library. The course will provide an introduction to efficient and effective use of library and information resources and technology, using an academic library as a laboratory setting for hands-on experience in the scholarly communication process. The course will provide instruction in the access, evaluation, and utilization of disciplinary literature. Traditional library research techniques will be covered and emphasis will be given to modern methods of information retrieval, using online, interactive computer capability.

Required Text

Badke, William B. Research Strategies: Finding Your Way Through the Information Fog. 2nd ed. New York: IUniverse, Inc., c2004

Supplementary Text

Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 6th ed. New York: MLA, 2003.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will understand the intellectual organization of information sources and the consequences of that organization in accessing information.
  2. Students will be able to identify functional areas of the library and understand their significance to the research process.
  3. Students will recognize the various types of information sources they will encounter while doing research and will understand the appropriate use of the different types of information sources.
  4. Students will be able to access, evaluate, and select research materials.
  5. Students will learn the principles of proper documentation.
  6. Students will learn the principles and techniques of using the Internet for research.
  7. Students will be competent in the use of a library and its resources.

Research can be a daunting task for many students. The availability of numerous research resources, both electronic and paper, has increased the opportunity for greater coverage of research topics. However, this same volume of materials tends to increase the confusion of many students. Through a systematic, well-developed search strategy, research can be efficient, effective and approached in a positive manner.

This course will introduce students to basic research methods utilizing paper and electronic databases. To develop and refine research techniques requires practice AND this is a class that involves process; you are learning how to correctly do research. Therefore, the class will include a great deal of hands-on experience.

Course Outline

Lesson 1--Introduction to Libraries
Lesson 2--Research Process
Lesson 3--Structure of Literature
Lesson 4--Documentation
Lesson 5--Access Tools
Lesson 6--Encyclopedias
Lesson 7--Books
Lesson 8--Introduction to Periodicals
Lesson 9--Newspapers
Lesson 10--Magazines
Lesson 11--Scholarly Journals
Lesson 12--Government Publications
Lesson 13--Internet
Lesson 14--Other Sources


The final grade will be based on the following scale:

  • 90-100 A
  • 80-89 B
  • 70-79 C
  • 60-69 D
  • 59-Below F

Components of the final grade:

  • Worksheets
  • Application Assignments
  • Mid Term Exam
  • Semester Project
  • Final Exam

Academic Honesty

Students are expected to adhere to the highest standards of academic honesty. If plagiarism or another act of academic dishonesty occurs, it will be dealt with in accordance with the academic misconduct policy as stated in The Uncatalog and The Undergraduate Catalog. Academic dishonesty is defined in Section 2.00, Conduct Code: Prohibited Conduct of the The UWG Uncatalog (Student Handbook).

Course Instructors

If you have questions about the course, you may contact one of the instructors listed below.

InstructorOffice No.Email AddressTelephone No.
Michael Aldrich114/ 678.839.6357
Diane Fulkerson215/ 678.839.6362
Mark McManus103/ 678.839.6492
Shirley Lankford212/ 678.839.6358
Dorothy Pittman216/ 770.832.8021
Jan Ruskell116/ 678.839.6364
Mary Jane Rootes214/ 678.839.6363

Students in Wheelchairs

Students in wheelchairs enrolled in the face-to-face sections of LIBR1101 may use the staff elevator located in Circulation to gain access to the classroom. These students should arrive prior to the beginning of the class period and use the door leading to Technical Services for elevator access. Students in wheelchairs should also contact the Student Development Office prior to the beginning of the semester. The Student Development Office will advise the Head of Instructional Services that this policy must be effected for the LIBR1101 class.
Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library, UWG
1601 Maple St - Carrollton, GA 30118-2000
Library Information - (678) 839-6350
Reference Desk - (678) 839-6495
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Last Modified: 23 July 2007