Level 7 Academic Writing

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 Writing (ESOL 252)

Research support framework

The following shows where Level 7 Academic Writing 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: 
  • Apply linguistic knowledge to clearly communicate through writing in professional, civic, and academic situations commonly encountered in the U.S.
Course content relating to information literacy: 
  • avoid plagiarism 
  • distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information
  • distinguish between facts and opinions 
  • categorize information quickly 

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. Identify and select relevant and readable sources on a topic
  2. Analyze sources for indicators of point of view, purpose, and audience
  3. Identify components for citing sources properly including authorship, title of item and title of what contains it, date, publisher.


Information literacy instructional objectives: 
  1. Use web searching with limiters
  2. Select a relevant database on stated topic
  3. Compare types of sources to identify indicators of purpose, authorship, date and type of publication


Bridging competencies: 
  • Develop a search strategy for a particular topic
  • Recognize bias, including their own
  • Navigate to useful search tools, including library sources