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Library Instruction at Germanna: Learning Outcomes & Library Instruction

Learning Outcomes for Library Instruction

Librarians collaborate closely with discipline faculty in order to tailor each session to a specific assignment.  In a 75 minute class session, librarians focus on 2 of the following learning outcomes.

Outcome One: Students will be able to contrast popular and scholarly periodicals in order to select the source type(s) most appropriate for a specific assignment.

Outcome Two: Students will be able to apply a set of evaluative criteria to an outside source in order to gauge its credibility/reliability.

Outcome Three: Students will be able to construct effective and efficient search strategies in library databases in order to retrieve articles relevant to a specific topic/assignment.

Outcome Four: Students will be able to construct effective and efficient search strategies in the library catalog in order to retrieve books relevant to a specific topic/assignment.

Outcome Five: Students will be able to apply a citation style to their writing in order to avoid plagiarism and strengthen their credibility as academic writers.

Outcome Six: Students will be able to distinguish between reference sources and other types of information in order to integrate reference sources into the research process.

Topics Associated with Each Outcome

Prior to each session, a librarian will contact you to chat about the topics you would like covered.  Below is a listing of each library instruction outcome with corresponding topics. 

Outcome One: Popular vs. Scholarly Articles

  • The differences between scholarly and popular articles with respect to authority, purpose, audience, language, appearance/structure, and documentation
  • The differences between an original research article and a literature review

Outcome Two: Evaluation of Information

  • Using a set of criteria, such as CRAAP, to gauge the credibility/reliability of an outside source

Outcome Three: Finding Articles in Library Databases

  • Keyword searching
  • Subject searching
  • Applying database limiters (e.g. full-text, peer-reviewed)
  • Understanding the search results display
  • Using search connectors (i.e. Boolean) to narrow or broaden a search
  • Searching within a specific publication (e.g. searching only articles in the Journal of Social History)
  • Additional database tips and tricks (e.g. e-mailing an article from the database, saving articles in a folder)

Outcome Four: Finding Books in the Library Catalog

  • Many of the search techniques covered under outcome three
  • Viewing electronic books
  • The value of scholarly books in the research process

Outcome Five: Citations

  • Why we cite
  • Creating accurate in-text citations according to a citation style
  • Creating accurate end-of-text citations according to a citation style

Outcome Six: Finding Reference Sources

  • Using reference sources to obtain background information on a topic (e.g. topic overviews, statistics)
  • Using reference sources to generate keywords related to a topic