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Student Learning Outcomes I

For first year general instruction sessions:
At the end of the semester first year students will be able to

  1. Identify basic library resources: physical collection and virtual resources
  2. Know about "Research Assistance (Reference)" and “Ask a Librarian” Service
  3. Know when and how to use the PALCI and RapidILL services
  4. Differentiate between the Discovery tool, subject-specific databases and Google, and start to understand reasons to use each
  5. Choose appropriate key words to conduct a search in Discovery
  6. Utilize database facets to limit search results
  7. Know how to save, email, print and download results
  8. Explain why citation is necessary and where to find citation resources (web links and database citation generator)

Note: Focus on Outcomes #1-4 in UNIV 100 and #5-8 in ENG160 and other library orientation sessions.

Quiz for Outcomes 5-8


Student Learning Outcomes II

For more advanced or course related instruction sessions:
At the end of the semester, in addition to will be able to

  1. Demonstrate increased knowledge of disciplinary information resources
  2. Effectively utilize the core functionality features of  disciplinary information resources
  3. Describe common types of information and their uses (books, reference books, articles, web resources, etc.)
  4. Distinguish the purpose and power of different resource types 
  5. Narrow a general research topic to formulate a focused thesis
  6. Identify and search in several different resources in order to find the best results 
  7. Critically assess search results for relevance in order to revise and improve the search
  8. Critically evaluate both the quality and relevance of different types of information

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