Level 7 Academic Communication

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 Level 7 Academic Communication (ESOL 254)

Research support framework

The following shows where Level 7 Academic Communication fits into the Research Support Framework developed by PCC Librarians.

Information literacy developmental stage: 
Perceptual Shift / Skills Instruction
  • I can identify a topic
  • I can identify library services and know which ones can help me
Cognitive domains and information literacy outcomes: 
Information seeking
  • Identifying interests
  • Intellectual and career exploration

Library support of CCOGs

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

Intended course outcomes related to information literacy: 
  • Synthesize information from readings and multimedia sources as well as life experiences in order to discuss and present.


Other indicators of required information literacy outcomes: 
  • effectively analyze information from three or more sources and form clarifying questions and/or a well-supported thesis (From Course Content, Competencies and Skills, from the CCOG)


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. Select an interest area, or designated topic, to gather information sources about it
  2. Identify and select relevant and readable sources on a topic


Information literacy instructional objectives: 
  1. Develop a search strategy for a particular topic
  2. Skim result list to select relevant sources, based on concept as well as term-matching


Bridging competencies: 
  • Use e-mail or print feature from library databases
  • Understand the usefulness of books to introduce or summarize topics
  • Differentiate between books on shelf by classification number, and articles in full text through library databases