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Investigation Techniques for Paralegals

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 Investigation Techniques for Paralegals (PL 104)

Research support framework

The following shows where Investigation Techniques for Paralegals 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: 
  • Improving critical thinking and written communication skills required for locating information and keeping records
  • Mastering the oral and written communications and critical thinking skills needed to perform basic statutory construction.  Students will practice locating people and information on line, analyze statutes pertaining to investigation techniques, discuss trends in the investigation industry, learn and practice a team-oriented approach to litigation.

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. Formulate complex multi-level search process
  2. Construct contextual indicators authority of information source
  3. Locate sources to verify information points


Information literacy instructional objectives: 
  1. Assemble stages and strategies for retrieving valid information
  2. Use appropriate library databases and online sources
  3. Detect affiliation(s) of information providers



Bridging competencies: 
  • Ability to question assumptions
  • Recognize utility of recognizing connections between sources
  • Ability to analyze purpose and scope of library databases and reference tools