Library 301 Syllabus

Research Skills -- Fall 2014

Instructor - Frank Newton (section O9)

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Instructor's Phone - 704-406-4297

(Monday 1-10 p.m.; Tues. – Fri. 8:00 – 5:00)

Reference Desk – 704-406-3925

Reference Desk Toll Free – 1-800-253-8330

Questions Regarding the Course

When you have questions about our class, assignments, or grades, E-mail and telephone are about equally good ways to get in touch with me. Sometimes my E-mail has downtime; sometimes my phone has downtime. If one method doesn’t work, try the other.

When you contact me by email, I will try to get back to you in 24 hours. If a temporary situation develops where it may take me longer to get back to you, I will let you know.

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.

What is an annotated bibliography? It is a bibliography in which you both cite and annotate your sources. “Citing” means naming your source in a standardized format which researchers are accustomed to interpreting. “Annotating” means briefly describing in your own words the strengths (and sometimes the weaknesses) of your source. These two skills, citing and annotating, will be taught in this course, Library 301.

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 quiz)


· Students will be able to discuss and explain the ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information. (module 3 quiz & discussion)


· Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to use keyword, 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. (Practice Segments 3 & 4 assignments)


· Students will be able to select and evaluate websites appropriate for academic research and defend the selection of that website based on the 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. (Practice Segment assignments, Annotated Bibliography)


· Students will be able to construct an APA (American Psychological Association) citation and write an evaluative annotation of a reference source, eBook, scholarly& popular article. (Practice Segments & 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 the assignment or for the course.

NOEL Program & Online Materials Accessibility

If you have a disability recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and you need accommodations to ensure access to online classes, please contact the NOEL Program for Students with Disabilities at 704-406-4270 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.

Acceptable requests for late submission are limited to hospitalization of the student/immediate family member or a death in the immediate family.

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