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Honors Capstone Experience

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 Honors Capstone Experience (HON 201)

Research support framework

The following shows where Honors Capstone Experience fits into the Research Support Framework developed by PCC Librarians.

Information literacy developmental stage: 
Critical Thinking Support
  • I can explain and describe my position on this issue, and support it with primary sources
  • I can accurately summarize the scholarly conversation
Cognitive domains and information literacy outcomes: 
  • Complexity in research and analysis
  • Participant in scholarly conversation

Library support of CCOGs

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

Intended course outcomes related to information literacy: 
  • Plan and execute a complex project.
  • Locate appropriate venue to demonstrate disciplinary expertise.
  • Document project development progress for sophisticated audiences.


Course content relating to information literacy: 
  • Planning and completing sophisticated discipline-specific projects

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: 
  • Choose discipline-specific research question
  • Assess authority and relevance of primary and secondary information sources
  • Document search strategies and connections between sources



Information literacy instructional objectives: 
  1. Use library tools and scholarly online sources to locate background,  introductory information on the perspectives of researchers in the topic area of choice 
  2. Choose relevant library databases for access to full text primary and secondary documents
  3. Collect citation information for sources and learn to access "cited by"


Bridging competencies: 

Differentiate between perspective and point of view, and extend thought beyond personal opinion

Develop a researchable question

Read widely and deeply on a particular topic

Identify information sources alternative to published (media, authorities to interview)