LIS 10--Library and Information Skills


Course Prerequisites:
For the online section only, a student must go to a campus library for an orientation within the first week of the semester. Consult the CCSF Course Schedule for orientation dates.

Course Materials: There is no required textbook for this course. The following publication, which is available at all the CCSF campus libraries, will be used in part of the course.
--Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 5th ed. NY: MLA, 1999.

Course Content: Library and Information Skills (LIS 10) teaches students about the variety of information research tools available and how to turn an information need or research topic into a clear statement with useful keywords for searching. You will learn the techniques for conducting effective search strategies of the CCSF online catalog, online periodical databases, web and other reference and research tools, as well as how to obtain, evaluate and correctly cite information resources for projects and papers to avoid plagiarism.

Method of Instruction: This course has an online section, a lecture section, and some semesters a combination online and four required class sessions section. The online section and combination online/classroom sections are short-term, lasting 8 to 10 weeks. The content is delivered online and the skills are practiced and mastered by doing the online practice workshops and content. There are practice quizzes, workshops, assignments, two tests and a final project. For both the online and classroom sections, students can obtain as much assistance as needed from the CCSF reference librarians at any of the campus libraries.

Course Outline:

  • Lesson One: Orientation to the Course and CCSF Library and Learning Resources
  • Lesson Two: Universe of Information and Major Access Tools
  • Lesson Three: Doing Research: Ways of Inquiry
  • Lesson Four: Online Catalogs and Other Book collection Search Tools for Finding Background and In-Depth Information
  • Lesson Five:World of Periodicals - Academic and Current Information
  • Lesson Six:Online Databases of Articles: Finding Academic and Current Information
  • Lesson Seven: Using the Web to Find Reliable Information
  • Lesson Eight: Using Information Responsibly: Strategies for Avoiding Plagiarism

Assessment: There are 2 tests, graded assignments, online discussion forum (for the online section), and a final project.

Who to Contact for More Information:

Bonnie Gratch
Rosenberg Library, Phelan Campus