African American History - III

Use this tool to understand how the research skills contained in the course outcomes, or other indicators, align with developmental stages of information literacy and critical thinking. See how PCC Librarians can help support the integration of research concepts and skills at levels appropriate to the course outcomes. This guide was prepared by the PCC librarians for African American History - III (HST 276)

Research support framework

The following shows where African American History - III fits into the Research Support Framework developed by PCC Librarians.

Information literacy developmental stage: 
Information Mediation
  • Are the qualities of the results what I need?
  • Can these information sources help support my thesis?
Cognitive domains and information literacy outcomes: 
Academic inquiry
  • Directed searching in discipline-specific contexts
  • Connecting sources and integrating them

Library support of CCOGs

These are the course outcomes and other indicators which require library support.

Intended course outcomes related to information literacy: 
  • Use critical thinking to analyze historical information and connect the past with the present and enhance civic engagement.
  • Identify culturally-grounded practices, values and beliefs and explain how they influenced people’s actions in the past and the extent of their impact today.


Outcome assessment strategies relating to information literacy: 
  • Analyze primary and secondary sources of information
  • Use of research papers to analyze historical topics or issues.
  • Evaluate different interpretations of the same event
Course content relating to information literacy: 
  • Evaluate interpretations of historical events
  • Close reading of primary and secondary sources by drawing on prior knowledge
Other indicators of required information literacy outcomes: 



Course integrated research support

These are the ways that the librarians can support information literacy achievement for the students in this course.

Corresponding information literacy outcomes: 
  1. Differentiate primary sources from secondary sources
  2. Compare points of view about historical topics and events
  3. Identify scholars in conversation via citing in historical research
Information literacy instructional objectives: 
  1. Identify accessible collections of primary sources, historical documents and artifacts to analyze
  2. Construct complex search strategy using various forms of terms depending on timeframe, scholarly and popularized forms of terms, and controlled vocabularies
  3. Use "cited by" function in databases and web-based scholarly information sources
Bridging competencies: 
  • Create a researchable question
  • Understand the utility of indexed sources
  • Use background information and question assumptions