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Introduction to Honors: Scholarly Inquiry

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 Honors: Scholarly Inquiry (HON 101)

Research support framework

The following shows where Introduction to Honors: Scholarly Inquiry 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: 
  • Analyze and critique complex concepts encountered in primary and secondary sources.
  • Establish and propose powerful research questions.
  • Formulate and execute a plan of action involving sophisticated research strategies
  • Draft a portfolio and plan to navigate the academic environment


Outcome assessment strategies relating to information literacy: 
  • Development and presentation of a sophisticated research proposal
Course content relating to information literacy: 
  • Reading and assessing primary and secondary texts
Course activities and design relating to information literacy: 
  • Conceptualize themselves as viable members of the intellectual community, posing rigorous questions about the course theme, leading to development of potential research projects through the proposal stage
Other indicators of required information literacy outcomes: 
  • Guides motivated students into the theory and practice of scholarly reading, researching, writing and presenting academic work.
  • Students will learn to explore the serious questions of our world.
  • The students will begin to build their Honors program portfolio of work

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. Assemble reliable primary and secondary sources related to an academic topic
  2. Devise a researchable question, with identified perspective and audience
  3. Form various search strategies and revise search as necessary in library and online sources


Information literacy instructional objectives: 
  1. Identify providers of primary and reliable secondary sources related to academic topic
  2. Locate and use background information to develop various dimensions of a research question
  3. Use "advanced" search in library catalog and library databases, and apply limits or indicators in online searching


Bridging competencies: 
  • Differentiate topic from thesis statement
  • Ability to identify concepts which encompass the initial search terms
  • Willingness to read for background knowledge and context