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Level 8 Academic Reading

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 8 Academic Reading (ESOL 260)

Research support framework

The following shows where Level 8 Academic Reading 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: 
Connecting to college
  • Time management
  • Note Taking
  • Building on incremental successes

Library support of CCOGs

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

Intended course outcomes related to information literacy: 
  •  Articulate an understanding of thematic, social, cultural and ethical concerns expressed in authentic written materia
Course content relating to information literacy: 
  • Use skimming and scanning to find specific information 
  • Develop questions based on readings 

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. Distinguish sources types based on the publication cycle and basic indicators of authority (author, title, publisher/provider)
  2. Extend from personal schema to searchable topic
  3. Identify information sources outside of personal frame of reference


Information literacy instructional objectives: 
  1. Use simple topic search in online catalog and examine types of sources in result list
  2. Revise topic area to topic statement through process of identifying concepts in published sources
  3. Select relevant sources based on related concepts


Bridging competencies: 
  • Identify synonyms and related concepts
  • Navigate to library website
  • Identify information needs and access assistance from library staff