LIBR 1101 - Academic Research and the Library
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
orientation session at the beginning of the semester.
Announcements for LIBR1101 for specific dates, times, and
instructors for the various orientation sessions.
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.
Badke, William B. Research Strategies: Finding Your Way Through the Information Fog.
2nd ed. New York: IUniverse, Inc., c2004
Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 6th
ed. New York: MLA, 2003.
- Students will understand the intellectual organization of information sources and
the consequences of that organization in accessing information.
- Students will be able to identify functional areas of the library and understand
their significance to the research process.
- 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.
- Students will be able to access, evaluate, and select research
- Students will learn the principles of proper documentation.
- Students will learn the principles and techniques of using the Internet for
- 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
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
Lesson 1--Introduction to Libraries
Lesson 2--Research Process
Lesson 3--Structure of Literature
Lesson 5--Access Tools
Lesson 8--Introduction to Periodicals
Lesson 11--Scholarly Journals
Lesson 12--Government Publications
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:
- Application Assignments
- Mid Term Exam
- Semester Project
- Final Exam
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
The UWG Uncatalog
If you have questions about the course, you may contact one of the instructors listed
Students in Wheelchairs
Students in wheelchairs enrolled in the face-to-face sections of LIBR1101
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.