elf blank spaceblank spaceblank spaceblank space blank spaceblank spaceblank spaceblank space
Information Studies
(INFO 1371)

Course Description
A study of the fundamentals of information -- storage, retrieval, evaluation, criticism, meta-analysis, synthesis, documentation, and communication -- from theoretically and technologically diverse perspectives. Topics will include how to do research, MLA and APA styles of documentation, copyright laws, using the PC for acquiring information and solving problems, critical thinking about information, a survey of the types of information resources available, and the general principles of information organization, storage, and retrieval. The course will include the preparation of students for a rapidly changing environment and student adaptation to new information formats and technologies as they become available.

There is no required textbook in this course. All readings, and the majority of other materials will be available on the Web and in libraries.

Student Objectives


  • Having an overview of library systems,

  • Knowing about networked information systems,

  • Understanding traditional scholarly resources.


  • Recognizing when information is needed, knowing that relevant information sources and tools exist, and being able to locate and use them.

  • Being able to recognize propaganda, distortion, and other misuses and abuses of information.

blank space

  • Being familiar with evolving delivery systems,

  • Knowing the concepts underlying the research process,

  • Having gained an understanding of the importance of the Internet as a research tool and the changing nature of information resources,

  • Knowing how to utilize electronic databases, the World Wide Web, and print resources,

  • Being able to apply principles learned in this course to research assignments in other courses,

  • Thinking critically when formulating research queries and evaluating information resources.
  • Knowing the copyright laws and how to use and document information correctly and ethically.

  • Being able to use both new and old technologies and techniques to access, evaluate, and organize information.

  • Knowing the best ways to "keep up" with a field, as well as staying current with emerging information technologies.

  • Understanding the importance of considering the adequacy of the entire literature on a topic, after locating, evaluating, and synthesizing it.

  • Appreciating the ideals of liberal education and the library's function in society as preserver of the record of civilization and values.

Assessment & Grades

Weekly exercises, assignments 30%
Weekly quizzes 20%
Semester Research Paper-outline & first draft 10%
Semester Research Paper-second draft 10%
Semester Research Paper-final draft 20%
Final comprehensive exam 10%
Final Grade 100%

blank space

blank space

blank space

blank space

Course Topic Outline




NB: For detailed outline of course, and links to pages, see Course Organization (a detailed outline of the topics), Course Schedule (what happens when in the semester), and Semester Plan (what units will be presented in what weeks during the semester).

Last updated Aug. 28, 2001

Please send comments to: Colby Glass, MLIS

Return To:

The Independent Thinker | Information Studies Homepage | Palo Alto College LRC
In The News | Philosophy Course Homepage | Information Mgmt. Updates