Course Plan
Spring, 2000

Dates for Week Numbers | Topics Sequence (summary)
WEEK NO.
ASSIGNMENTS DUE
DO THIS WEEK
1 None yet... See next week for what to be working on this week. -Take the pre-test
-Introductions
-Review the syllabus; ask questions
-Get to work on next week's assignments
2 -Thinking: Intro to Information--What is it and why study it?
  • INTRODUCTION

    THE RESEARCH PROCESS

    THE RESEARCH PAPER
    • From research to paper ("soaking in the literature")
    • The necessity of an outline
    • Moving information from notes to outline
    • Creating a coherent whole
    • The necessity of re-writing
  • 3 -Thinking: Decision making 1 of 2

    -Research: Recording information: MLA style
    RECORDING INFORMATION

  • RECORDING INFORMATION
  • 4 -Thinking: Decision making 2 of 2
    -Research: MLA continued; Introduction to finding information and libraries; communicating information
  • FINDING INFORMATION
  • 5 -Thinking: Dealing with Information; Evaluation of Information
    6 -Thinking: Evaluation of Information
    -Research: Library terminology, search strategies, types of information.
    Basic Library organization & Terminology
    SEARCH STRATEGIES & TYPES OF INFORMATION
  • Library Search strategies & types of information
  • week 7 -Thinking: Scientific Method--analysis; Critical Thinking 1 of 3
    week 8 -Thinking: Critical Thinking 2 of 3
    -Research: Intro to reference materials. Encyclopedias, general and specialized. Intro to indexes.
    REFERENCE MATERIALS
    week 9 -Thinking: Critical Thinking 3 of 3
    -Research: Print indexes, periodical indexes, specialized indexes, computerized indexes and CD-ROMS. Indexes to composite works and anthologies.
  • Indexes and abstracts
  • week 10 -Thinking: 7 Levels of Change
    -Research: Indexes to newspapers in various formats, bibliographies, dictionaries.
  • Indexes to newspapers
  • Bibliographies
  • Dictionaries
    • General English language dictionaries
    • Oxford English Dictionary
    • Subject and specialized dictionaries
  • week 11 -Thinking: Systems Thinking
    -Research: Yearbooks, manuals, biographical sources, geographical sources.
  • Yearbooks
  • Manuals & Handbooks
  • Biographical Sources
  • Geographical sources
  • week 12 -Thinking: Thinking Outside the Box
    -Research: Almanacs and Directories, government documents.
  • Almanacs & Directories
  • Government Documents
  • week 13 -Thinking: Synthesizing
    -Research: Subject reference sources: Social Sciences, Humanities, Literature and Poetry, Math and the Sciences.
  • Subject reference sources
    • Social Sciences
    • Humanities
    • Literature and Poetry
    • Mathematics and Sciences
  • week 14 -Thinking: Thinking in Groups
    -Research: Information online: the Internet, the Web, email, listservs, chat, interactive databases, Telnet, Gophers, more.
    week 15 -Dead Week...
    -Thinking: Editing the paper for clarity
    -Research: Copyright issues, ethics, other sources of information, tips and tricks.
    ETHICS & COPYRIGHT LAW
    OTHER SOURCES OF INFORMATION
    • Original research
    • Authorities
    • Circles of knowledge (intranets)

    DEVELOPING YOUR OWN SOURCES (P.I.M.)

  • Theories Underlying Information Studies
  • week 16 Final exam!!


    Topics Sequence

    -Thinking: Intro to Information--What is it and why study it?
    -Research: Basic skills needed for this course; the research process; the research paper
    Due Week 2
    -Thinking: Decision making 1 of 2
    -Research: Recording information: MLA style
    Due Week 3
    -Thinking: Decision making 2 of 2
    -Research: MLA continued; Introduction to finding information and libraries; communicating information
    Due Week 4
    -Thinking: Dealing with Information; Evaluation of Information
    -Research: Intro to libraries continued--The Value of Knowing the Library; History of books; History of libraries; Purpose of libraries; Types of libraries; Library humor; Introduction to the PAC and ACCD libraries.
    Due Week 5
    -Thinking: Evaluation of Information
    -Research: Library terminology, search strategies, types of information.
    Due Week 6
    -Thinking: Scientific Method--analysis; Critical Thinking 1 of 3
    -Research: Academic disciplines and fields of study; How to ask a question. Classification systems and catalogs.
    Due Week 7
    -Thinking: Critical Thinking 2 of 3
    -Research: Intro to reference materials. Encyclopedias, general and specialized. Intro to indexes.
    Due Week 8
    -Thinking: Critical Thinking 3 of 3
    -Research: Print indexes, periodical indexes, specialized indexes, computerized indexes and CD-ROMS. Indexes to composite works and anthologies.
    Due Week 9
    -Thinking: 7 Levels of Change
    -Research: Indexes to newspapers in various formats, bibliographies, dictionaries.
    Due Week 10
    -Thinking: Systems Thinking
    -Research: Yearbooks, manuals, biographical sources, geographical sources.
    Due Week 11
    -Thinking: Thinking Outside the Box
    -Research: Almanacs and Directories, government documents.
    Due Week 12
    -Thinking: Synthesizing
    -Research: Subject reference sources: Social Sciences, Humanities, Literature and Poetry, Math and the Sciences.
    Due Week 13
    -Thinking: Thinking in Groups
    -Research: Information online: the Internet, the Web, email, listservs, chat, interactive databases, Telnet, Gophers, more.
    Due Week 14
    -Dead Week...
    -Thinking: Editing the paper for clarity
    -Research: Copyright issues, ethics, other sources of information, tips and tricks.
    Due Week 15
    -Final Exam
    Due Week 16



    by Colby Glass, MLIS.

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