Introduction to Business

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 Business (BA 101)

Research support framework

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

Information literacy developmental stage: 
Information Mediation
  • I can develop a topic
  • I can search a database and get related results
Cognitive domains and information literacy outcomes: 
  • Begin academic writing
  • Begin informational research

Library support of CCOGs

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

Intended course outcomes related to information literacy: 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the forces that shape the business and economic structure of the United States of America


Other indicators of required information literacy outcomes: 
  • small group problem solving of questions arising from application of course concepts and concerns to actual experience, oral presentations, and a stock market game


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. Locate and use reliable and current information sources to identify trends in the stock market
  2. Locate and use reliable and current information sources to learn aspects of marketing
  3. Locate and use reliable and current information sources to find trends in business technology


Information literacy instructional objectives: 
  1. Identify relevant databases for business topics
  2. Select relevant industry journal articles
  3. Identify reliable sources of business information, provided by recognized organizations and associations


Bridging competencies: 
  • Navigate to library web site, and database list
  • Differentiate commercial information from critical information sources
  • Identify synonyms for topic words