Evaluating Information Sources
Library 103

Course Syllabus

Course Description :

Library 103 Evaluating Information Sources is an information literacy course teaching criteria to analyze and to evaluate printed and electronic information sources for academic and personal use.

Course Objectives :

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply evaluation criteria to book selection.

  2.  Apply evalauation cri teria to periodical selection(magazines, journals, and newspapers).

  3. Apply evaluation criteria to selection of websites.

  4. Appy evaluation skills in creating an annotated bibliography (descriptive and crtical) including print and online information sources.

Student Learning Outcome:

Students will be able to evaluate several types of research materials using specific criteria with at least 70% accuracy answering the following question: Would you use this resource for a research paper? Why? or why not?

Course Requirements :

There are a total of 200 points possible in this course divided as follows:

Library Catalogs and Book Evaluation 20 Points
Scholarly and Non-Scholarly Periodicals 20
Newspaper Comparison 20
​Group Web Evaluation (2) ​20
Web Evaluation 20
Blog Evaluation 10
Wiki Evaluation 10
Government Documents 10
Statistical Information 10
Open-book, Open -note Quiz 20
Final Project - Annotated Bibliography 40
Total Possible Points 200

Course Grading :












Cheating is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and will NOT be tolerated. Cheating on an exam or assignment will result in receiving a zero for the entire exam or assignment and can lead to expulsion from the class or College of the Sequoias.
In class, cell phones and pagers must be turned off at all times.

The student is responsible for dropping the class. The class must be dropped immediately after the first meeting  in order to receive a refund and without a "w" on the student's record.

Course Text

Quaratiello, Arlene Rodda. The College Student's Research Companion . 5th ed. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., 
     2011. Print.

Purchasing the text is optional.

The text is on reserve at the COS Library Circulation Desk. The shelf number is: Reserve 025.524 Q1

Topics and Assignments:

First Session

Introduction to Course
Information Competency
Types of Libraries
Library Catalogs
Publishing Industry
Book Evaluation Guidelines
Book Evaluation Worksheet

Third Session

Introduction to the Web
Web Evaluation Guidelines
Group Web Evaluation
Web Evaluation Worksheets
Web Blog Evaluation
Wikipedia Evaluation
Government Documents and Statistical Information Evaluation Guidelines
Government Document Evaluation Worksheet
Statistical Information Evaluation Worksheet

Second Session

Introduction to Periodicals
Commercial Indexes
Scholarly and Non-Scholarly Periodicals
Scholarly and Non-Scholarly Periodical Evaluation Worksheet 
Newspaper Indexes
Newspaper Evaluation Worksheet
Local Sources of Information
Tulare County Resource Directory Worksheet - Extra Credit

Fourth Session

Comprehensive Quiz
Compiling Annotated Bibliography
Final Project - Annotated Bibliography

Course Instructor :

Gina Haycock

Reference Librarian

Office Telephone and Voice Mail: (559)737-6172
E-mail: ginah@cos.edu
Snail Mail:
College of the Sequoias
915 South Mooney Blvd.
Visalia, California 93277

Date Last Updated: 10/9//2014
For questions and comments please E-mail ginah@cos.edu ​​​​​​​

Last Updated: 10/13/2014 9:06 AM