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College Research Foundations
Course: IFS112

First Term: 2018 Spring
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Development of research skills and competencies essential for college success including accessing, evaluating, and incorporating information sources into academic projects. Examination of information ecosystems, online presence, and the implications of one`s information seeking behaviors.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Determine the organization of libraries and information retrieval systems. (I)
2. Examine information ecosystems and information formats. (II, III)
3. Create, apply, and assess search strategies for information retrieval. (IV)
4. Evaluate information with informed skepticism. (V)
5. Determine and integrate supporting evidence for academic projects. (V, VI)
6. Organize and ethically use information. (VI)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I Academic Libraries and Library Systems
   A. Services and resources
   B. Organization and classification systems
   C. Library catalogs
II. Information Sources
   A. Evolution of information
   B. Databases
      1. Subscription
      2. Open access
   C. Periodicals
   D. Books and eBooks
   E. Government and non-governmental organizations
   F. Social media
III. Information Ecosystems
   A. Definition and types
      1. Open web
      2. Proprietary
   B. Dynamics and barriers to access
   C. Creation and contribution
      1. Social media
      2. Online interactions
   D. Use and impact of information
      1. Authority
      2. Truth
      3. Bias
IV. Search Strategies
   A. Research question
   B. Key concepts
   C. Search queries
   D. Information gathering
V. Supporting Evidence
   A. Information evaluation
   B. Main ideas and supporting details
   C. Semiotics of images
   D. Source integration
      1. Direct references
      2. Indirect references
VI. Ethical Use, Organization, and Communication of Information
   A. Plagiarism
   B. Citations
   C. Information organization
   D. Information creation
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: June 27, 2017

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