Spring Semester 2015

Instructor - Mary Thompson

Email -

Phone - 704-406-4294

My Library Schedule - M, W, Th, F: 8 am - 5 pm;

T: 1-10 pm (At Reference Desk from 5-10 on Tuesdays.)

Reference Desk - 704-406-3925 or 1-800-253-8330

The best way to contact me with questions concerning our class, assignments, or grades is through my GWU email address. When you contact me by email expect a response within 48 hours or less.

I am available by phone (704-406-4294), but I am frequently out of the office. It may be several days before I receive your message and can return your call. If your need is immediate, please contact me through email.

Instructor Feedback

In LIB301 you will receive lots of feedback from me on your assignments.

Feedback tends to be a mix of praise for a job well done and suggestions for making your work stronger.

Some of the most important feedback that you will receive in this course will be on your Practice Segment assignments.

Everyone will receive feedback on their Welcome discussion post, Topic Submission, and each Practice Segment assignment. Once you see a grade posted for any of these assignments, follow the step-by-step instructions for viewing your graded feedback located in the "Viewing Graded Feedback" tab.

Questions Regarding Research

If you have a question about research, a database, or need assistance accessing a resource through the library, contact the Dover Library Reference Desk. A reference librarian will be available at the reference desk until 10 pm Sunday – Thursday and until 5 pm Friday & Saturday.

Course Expectations

Learning Modules

Students will be responsible for viewing each learning module’s slideshows, videos, and class discussions. Learning module content will provide you with step-by-step instructions for using databases and other research tools.

Assessments, Quizzes, & Discussions

Each Learning Module contains a combination of assessments, quizzes, or class discussions. Assessments and quizzes prove that you can demonstrate skills learned by following slideshow and video content. Discussion boards provide students with a thoughtful outlet for analyzing core information literacy concepts.

Annotated Bibliography & Practice Segments

The major project for LIB 301 is an Annotated Bibliography. To get students acclimated with this project, the course incorporates four Practice Segment assignments that will guide students through the project step by step.

Grading Scale

You will have the opportunity to earn up to 630 points this semester.

To calculate your grade at any time, divide the total number of points you have earned by the total number of points possible at that point in the semester. This will give you your grade average.

Grade Average Scale:

  • 90 - 100 = A
  • 80 - 89 = B
  • 70 - 79 = C
  • 60 - 69 = D
  • Below 60 = F

Learning Outcomes


  • Students will be able to define what it means to be an "information literate" consumer of information. (Module 1 Discussion)
  • Students will be able to recall, identify, and access materials in various formats from the Dover Library. (Module 2)


  • Students will be able to discuss and explain the ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information. (Module 3)


  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to use keywords, Boolean Operators, limiters, and advanced search features within the library catalog and library databases. (Modules 4-7)


  • Students will be able to differentiate between the attributes of a scholarly article and a popular article. (Module 2, Module 6, PS3 & PS4 Assessments)


  • Students will be able to select and evaluate websites appropriate for academic research and defend the selection of that website based on their reliability, scholarly attributes, and authorship of that site. (Module 9)
  • Students will be able to appraise and examine self-selected resources through a written annotation justifying that resource's inclusion in their assignment. (PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4 Assignments, Annotated Bibliography Final Project)


  • Students will be able to construct an APA Citation and write an evaluative annotation on a reference source, eBook, scholarly and popular article. (PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, and Annotated Bibliography)
  • Students will be able to create an Annotated Bibliography, on the topic of their choice, meeting particular source requirements.

Course Policies

Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Students who are found in violation of Gardner-Webb University's honor code may receive a failing grade on an assignment or for the course.

Honor Code

Internet Accessibility Disclosure

Lack of Internet access is not a valid reason for missing or incomplete assignments, quizzes, or discussions.

NOEL Program & Online Materials Accessibility

If you have a disability recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADAAA) and you need accommodations to ensure access to online classes, please contact the NOEL Program for Students with Disabilities at 704-404-4270 or email

Upon request, any publication in this course can be made available to any student in an alternate format. Please make such requests by emailing me as soon as possible.

Late/Missed Assignments

Assignments submitted after the due date will not be accepted. Submitting work in a timely manner and taking exams at the scheduled times are the responsibility of the student. Students have a full week or more to complete each learning module and its assignments; therefore, it is assumed that students will submit work by the assigned deadline and take exams as they are scheduled by the instructor. Failure to fulfill these responsibilities will result in a failing grade for the assignment.

Valid excuses for late submission are limited to hospitalization of the student and/or immediate family member or a death in the immediate family.

Instructor reserves the right to make changes to this syllabus as needed.