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.
  • 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 Blackboard between the meetings and for better communication.
  • Online classes use Blackboard 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:

  • Explain the purpose of the college library, the kinds of materials it includes, and their physical arrangement and organization;
  • Compare and contrast classification systems as an aid in the use of libraries;
  • Deduce valid conclusions regarding the purpose of the library catalog;
  • Solve research problems utilizing major reference sources, both general and specialized;
  • Determine the nature of a source from a citation, use citations to find physical sources and cite sources used for research papers;
  • Evaluate kinds of books and other resources which are needed to research a given subject, including electronically driven reference tools; and
  • Justify the importance of using a variety of research sources.
Student Learning Outcome

     Students will be able to identify the difference between printed books, electronic books, academic electronic databases and websites.

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. 4th ed. New York: IUniverse, 2011. 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 Blackboard 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.


    Student grades for all quizzes and assignments will be posted under My Grades in Blackboard. 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
  • 90-100%:       A
  • 80-89%:         B
  • 70-79%:         C
  • 60-69%:         D
  • Below 60%:    F
The instructor reserves the right to alter any of the above when deemed necessary for the welfare of the class.
Last Updated: 8/29/2013 1:56 PM