Library Research and Information Retrieval Strategies

Course Number: LIB 101
Transcript Title: Library Research & Strategies
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 27, 2019
Total Credits: 1
Lecture Hours: 10
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0

Course Description

Introduces the research process and essential research skills. Develops critical thinking strategies. Teaches identification of research topics, planning and carrying out the research process, and to identify and cite preferred sources of credible information. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Formulate a problem statement;
  2. Determine the nature and extent of the information needed to address the problem;
  3. Access relevant information effectively and efficiently;
  4. Evaluate information and its source critically; and
  5. Understand many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will participate in in-class or online discussions on developing a research topic, and complete a written research topic statement. Students will complete in-class or online activities including searching a variety of databases and requesting books and other materials from libraries outside of CGCC. As a final project, students will create an annotated bibliography that includes citations to books, published articles and web sites. Annotations will include a sentence on the author’s authority, a summary of the information source, and 1-2 sentences on the value of the work for the student’s research project.

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • Information
  • Persistence


  • Data structure
  • Economics of information
  • Authority and attribution
  • Academic conversationĀ 


After this class, students will be able to (demonstrate the ability to):

  • Articulate a research topic, and identify what information they need.
  • Critically evaluate information and recognize the value of various types of information.
  • Save and manage information electronically or by printing it, and to describe the purpose and parts of a citation.
  • Identify a variety of sources of information, and the characteristics of the information found in them.
  • Develop a search strategy based on their research topic, and search a variety of information resources effectively.
  • Describe what resources (human, physical and electronic) they can expect to find in a library, and how to access those resources.

Department Notes

In this course, students will engage with the following concepts:

  • Research is motivated by a need to know more on a topic.
  • Not all information is good information; some good information is not pertinent information.
  • Successful research is a recursive process that requires persistence, and a balance of focus and open-mindedness.
  • Students engaged in research are scholars, entering into an ongoing conversation in which others' ideas are given credit and original ideas are valued.