LIS 10 and Other Credit Courses

LIS 10 "Use of Information Resources"

LIS 10 is a one-credit, short-term course that covers all areas of information competency/research skills.  Currently there is only one section offered online. 

After successfully completing the course, students are able to:

  • Understand what information competency is and why it’s important to you in college and in life.
  • Identify the variety of information resources available, some of their features, and major search tools to use for research.
  • Effectively use several search tools:  library catalogs; periodical databases; Web search tools
  • Interpret citations to specific information sources.
  • Critically evaluate search results for relevancy to a topic and for the quality and currency of the information.
  • Cite specific information sources using a standard citation format, such as MLA or APA.

Course Content: Covers methods of inquiry, research process and the variety of information research tools available. Effective and efficient search techniques are covered for online catalogs, online periodical databases, search engines and more, as well as how to  evaluate and correctly cite information resources for projects and papers to avoid plagiarism.

Method of Instruction:  The online section is short-term, lasting about 8 weeks. The content is delivered online and the skills are practiced and mastered by doing the online practice workshops, quizzes, discussion forums, assignments and a final project. In-person assistance is provided by the course instructor and CCSF reference librarians.

Course Outline arranged in 8 weeks of lessons:*

  1. Orientation to the Course and CCSF Library and Learning Resources
  2. Universe of Information and Major Access Tools
  3. Doing Research: Ways of Inquiry
  4. Online Catalogs and Other Book collection Search Tools for Finding Background and In-Depth Information
  5. World of Periodicals - Academic and Current Information
  6. Online Databases of Articles: Finding Academic and Current Information
  7. Using the Web to Find Reliable Information
  8. Using Information Responsibly: Strategies for Avoiding Plagiarism

*outline sequence may vary at instructor's discretion

Other Credit Courses

The Library Information Technology Department  offers courses that teach research tools as well as a curriculum to prepare students to work in libraries and other information centers as technicians and assistants. The following courses may be of interest:

LIBR 57. Internet Research Strategies (2 units)  Use Internet access tools to identify appropriate sources for a given topic. Formulate search strategies and retrieve information. Compare information found on the Internet with that found in other library sources. 

LIBR 58A. Legal Resources (1 unit) covers the use of legal research tools. The use of printed resources and computerized search techniques is stressed. 

LIBR 58B. Medical Libraries and Resources (2 units)
Covers the use of library medical research tools and medical libraries for the library technician or student entering the health or medical fields. The use of printed, online, CD-ROM and Internet search techniques is stressed.

LIBR 58C. Business Libraries and resources (2 units)
Covers the use of business research resources and corporate, academic and public business collections. The use of print and computer accessed information is stressed.