Library research and Beyond

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 Library research and Beyond (LIB 101)

Research support framework

The following shows where Library research and Beyond 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: 
  • Locate, evaluate and select pertinent information in order to make informed decisions based on data.
  • Evaluate sources of information to distinguish between facts and opinions in order to enter into the community of scholarship, and develop professional competence.


Other indicators of required information literacy outcomes: 
  • Introduces the research process and essential research skills to find, select and cite the best information.
  • Teaches identification of research topics, planning and carrying out the research process
  • Identify and cite preferred sources of credible information.

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. Articulate a research topic, and identify what information they need
  2. Critically evaluate information and recognize the value of various types of information
  3. Save and manage information electronically or by printing it, and to describe the purpose and parts of a citation
  4. Identify a variety of sources of information, and the characteristics of the information found in them
  5. Develop a search strategy based on their research topic, and search a variety of information resources effectively
  6. Describe what resources (human, physical and electronic) they can expect to find in a library, and how to access those resources


Information literacy instructional objectives: 
  1. Data structure
  2. Economics of information
  3. Authority and attribution
  4. Academic conversation


Bridging competencies: 
  • Identify topics, perspectives, and point of view
  • Differentiate between mediated and unmediated information sources
  • Navigate library website