This course familiarizes you with the wider world of information and research. You will learn about various issues related to the information society and the world of research. Specifically, the course addresses the impact of information in our lives; the life cycle and characteristics of information across various publication formats; the use and selection of information tools based on the nature of research need; the explosion and implications of technology; and the ethical issues in the use of information, with specific reference to issues of plagiarism and proper citation.
Lib 227 Outcomes
The student who successfully completes LIB 227 will...
- Understand the difference between information and knowledge, the different characteristics of information (factual, analytical, subjective, objective), and the implications of living in an 'information society' (Unit 1).
- Understand the nature of information cycle, the differences among primary, secondary, and tertiary sources, and the characteristics of scholarly journal publishing (Unit 2).
- Get exposed to the basics of library research with an emphasis on selection of research tools based on the nature of different research needs (Unit 3).
- Gain familiarity with Web 2.0 and social networking including trends and implications of living in a social networking environment (Unit 4).
- Be able to define and identify issues of plagiarism along with the need to cite sources using the appropriate citation guidelines (Unit 5).