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Student Learning Outcomes

After participating in library instruction, students will gain the following competencies and be able to apply the associated learning objectives.

Competency 1. Understand that research is a process.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify research topics and develop research questions. 
  • Critically examine primary concepts of the research question and articulate its scope.
  • Craft a research plan to organize, store, and manage information sources as appropriate to discipline and information needs.

Competency 2. Understand that information can be complex and nuanced.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze information to back up a claim or articulate an argument. 
  • Evaluate information to determine if it is relevant to the research question.
  • Apply research in order to contextualize it within a broader framework (historical, socioeconomic, or disciplinary).
  • Synthesize information in order to articulate practical applications of research.

Competency 3. Formulate and evaluate a search strategy.

Learning Objectives:

  • Construct a search strategy that is appropriate to the research topic. 
  • Generate and discover keywords that connect the research topic to appropriate sources.
  • Recognize when to retool or reframe the search query as part of an iterative process.
  • Employ a variety of information seeking techniques (boolean logic, subject terms, limiters, etc.) to increase the effectiveness of the search strategy.

Competency 4. Evaluate and understand different types of sources.

Learning Objectives:

  • Differentiate between sources by format (book, article, multimedia, data, etc.) and by category (primary, secondary, tertiary, etc.). 
  • Contextualize the relationship between primary, secondary, and tertiary sources. 
  • Critically evaluate and understand the relevance of sources by determining their purpose, audience, perspective, context, scope, and authority.

Competency 5. Examine authority and neutrality in information systems.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand and articulate how the dominant systems of our culture have impacted and determined who has and who does not have authority and expertise in scholarship. 
  • Understand that information resources, search engines, and modes of knowledge production include their own characteristics and biases, and therefore should be approached critically.
  • Examine how information has value and resides in systems of value (monetary, social, cultural, etc.).
  • Identify strategies and resources to recognize, find, and elevate traditionally marginalized voices.

Competency 6. Use information effectively and ethically.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand scholarship as conversation that exists in the community, and the role of peer review and citation. 
  • Incorporate information and resources with integrity (attribution, copyright, privacy, context, privilege, etc.). 
  • Avoid making logical fallacies while using information and evidence to support arguments.
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