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 Calculus 1 (MTH 251)

Research support framework

The following shows where Calculus 1 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: 
  • Work with derivatives and limits in various situations and use correct mathematical terminology, notation, and symbolic processes in order to engage in work, study, and conversation on topics involving derivatives and limits with colleagues in the field of mathematics, science or engineering.
  • Enjoy a life enriched by exposure to Calculus.

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.       Gather credible information sources

2.       Use search strategies familiar to mathematicians

3.       Locate historical development of principles of calculus as well as current, scholarly conversations

4.       Locate solutions of calculus problems 

Information literacy instructional objectives: 

1.       Define general indicators of credibility

2.       Compare and evaluate open web and sources from databases for factualness and validity

3.       Identify and use controlled vocabularies in searching

4.       Use specialized search engines, library databases and monograph (book) browsing to locate sources that mathematicians would use

Bridging competencies: 

·         Define a research topic in a hierarchical fashion, broad to specific

·         Differentiate between databases for relevance to topic

·         Differentiate key words from subject headings

·         Use reference tools for building background knowledge

Library Assignment Ideas: 

Browse book stacks at 510.92 for biographies of mathematicians

Search online catalog: calculus history, or, calculus biography, for e-books or books to borrow

Given lists of famous mathematicians, look up their names in Science Direct database for references to the influence of their work