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Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

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 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (PSY 239)

Research support framework

The following shows where Introduction to Abnormal Psychology fits into the Research Support Framework developed by PCC Librarians.

Information literacy developmental stage: 
Critical Thinking Support
  • I can use these resources to identify pro and con positions
  • I understand the scholarly conversation in this discipline and can recognize the experts
Cognitive domains and information literacy outcomes: 
Information exploration
  • Intellectual inquiry
  • Engagement with scholarly resources

Library support of CCOGs

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

Intended course outcomes related to information literacy: 
  • Become a more effective consumer of and advocate for mental health care services through an understanding of the various approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders


Outcome assessment strategies relating to information literacy: 

Written assignments designed to integrate course material into personal experience, such as case studies, reflection paper etc…

Course content relating to information literacy: 
  • Research Methods in Abnormal Psychology
  • Provide specific examples of how psychological disorders are treated.

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. Categorize mental disorders according to current classification
  2. Locate case studies about the  efficacy of treatments of mental disorders
  3. Differentiate between popular and scholarly sources, and synthesize information from various reliable sources 
Information literacy instructional objectives: 
  1. Use current classification of mental disorders to locate current treatment information
  2. Develop a search strategy for locating current information on defining and treating mental disorders
  3. Use consumer-based information sources and peer-reviewed information sources as appropriate


Bridging competencies: 
  • Differentiate common vernacular from scientific terms for mental disorders
  • Understand that terms for mental disorders change over time 
  • Understand the hierarchy of psychological nomenclature
  • Identify specific topic to research