LIBR 101 (Library Research Strategies) Syllabus

Basic Class Information
  • LIBR 101 is a one-credit, CSU level transferable course that teaches the tools needed for college level research through the use of electronic databases, print resources and the Web.
  • This course can be used to complete COS GE Information Competency Requirement
  • There are no prerequisites for this class; COMP 220 and 228 are recommended
  • Two weekend classes meet in Library Classroom 203 (Lodgepole Building, 2nd floor) and use Canvas between the meetings and for better communication.
  • Online classes use Canvas and don't have face to face meetings
Course Description

This course is a basic introduction to the process of doing research: finding information, interpreting it, and putting it to use. Students are introduced to a variety of information sources available, including books, eBooks, periodicals, databases, and websites. They will also learn how to cite these resources in correct MLA style. The assignments are designed to be relevant to other courses students may be taking.

Contact Your Instructor, Milena Seyed
  • Email:
  • Phone: (559) 737-6177
  • Office: Room 216, Lodgepole Building
Student Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, a successful student should be able to:

  • Recognize when information is necessary: students identify the topics and subject headings related to the research projects and classes they are taking or their personal interests and goals
  • Access technology appropriate to their information needs: students learn to use academic databases; eBooks; online research tutorials; COS Library website; COS Library online catalog, Canvas, printed books, reference books and periodicals.
  • Develop effective research strategies: solve research problems utilizing major reference sources, both general and specialized; develop topics and link them to LCSH (Library of Congress Subject Headings); search COS Library online catalog; define keywords; create search queries; learn about Boolean operators, nesting, and truncation; use database limiters, etc.
  • Locate, retrieve and use information in a variety of formats: students learn about the purpose of the college library, the kinds of materials it includes, and their arrangement and organization; compare and contrast classification systems as an aid in the use of libraries; learn to use books, reference books (print and online), eBooks, periodicals, academic databases, and websites.
  • Critically evaluate and synthesize information: evaluate kinds of resources needed to research a given subject, including books, eBooks, academic databases, websites, periodicals, printed and online reference sources; justify the importance of using a variety of research sources and using a combination of sources for a chosen research topic (COS Library book, eBook, academic database article and a reliable website).
  • Competently use computers and other information technology: students use COS Library computers in the classroom or their own at home, Canvas, online research tutorials, COS Library website, academic databases, eBooks, and online catalog.
  • Use a variety of information technology tools to facilitate communication: email (including email option from Canvas and academic electronic databases), Canvas Discussions, and online reference tool (Ask a Librarian)
  • Understand the legal and ethical issues relating to information and its use: students learn about copyright, public domain, fair use, plagiarism, and citations (determine the nature of a source from a citation, use citations to find physical sources and cite sources used for research papers)
Student Learning ​Outcome

Students will be able to identify information sources from printed books, electronic books and academic databases.

Students Will Need
  • Computer and internet access. If you do not have a computer at home, they are available in the COS Library.
  • Recommended book for this course is: Badke, William B. Research Strategies: Finding Your Way Through the Information Fog. 5th ed. New York: IUniverse​​, 2014. COS Bookstore should have enough copies available. Also, COS Library has two 4th edition copies on Reserve that you can use in the library, as well as one 3rd edition that can be checked out.
Success Strategies
  • Come to class/access Canvas and​ study material in smaller portion
  • Read, listen and get involved in learning
  • Participate in class discussions, projects and activities
  • Ask your instructor for help, clarification and additional explanation with your lessons, assignments and quizzes when needed
  • Submit all assignments/quizzes on time and check your progress
Academic Honesty and Integrity

All students are expected to do their own work. Students who plagiarize (cheat) will receive a grade of 0 on the relevant quiz, assignment or final project.

Students with Disabilities

Students who have a disability or medical condition which requires an accommodation should notify the instructor and contact Access and Ability Center (AAC) for additional information as soon as possible (Room 10, North Sequoia Building in Visalia; phone 730-3805; video phone 302-9976).


Student grades for all quizzes and assignments will be posted under My Grades in Canvas. Instructor’s responsibility is to provide guidance, give feedback to students' work and progress, answer questions, and make necessary corrections and clarifications. Students’ responsibility is to check their grades, read instructor’s comments, ask questions and let instructor know if anything needs correction.

  • Assignments: 50%
  • Quizzes: 25%
  • Attendance and Discussion Board participation: 10%
  • Final project: 15% of final grade
Final Grades
  • 98-100%: A+
  • 93-97% A
  • 90-92% A-
  • 88-89%: B+
  • 83-87% B
  • 80-82% B-
  • 78-79%: C+
  • 70-77% C
  • 68-69%: D+
  • 63-67% D
  • 60-62% D-

    Students cannot pass the class if they score lower than 60% on their final exam.​

    The instructor reserves the right to alter any of the above when deemed necessary for the welfare of the class.
Last Updated: 12/9/2015 1:59 PM