Mass 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 Mass Communication (COMM 228)

Research support framework

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

Information literacy developmental stage: 
Information Mediation
  • Are the qualities of the results what I need?
  • Can these information sources help support my thesis?
Cognitive domains and information literacy outcomes: 
Academic inquiry
  • Directed searching in discipline-specific contexts
  • Connecting sources and integrating them

Library support of CCOGs

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

Intended course outcomes related to information literacy: 
  • Continue to recognize the connections between media freedoms and democracy in order to maintain that delicate balance between freedom of the press and freedom of the society


Other indicators of required information literacy outcomes: 
  • Research papers

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. Recognize and acknowledge owner of intellectual property
  2. Identify audience and purpose of media sources
  3. Identify whether sources are attributed properly


Information literacy instructional objectives: 
  1. Identify likely providers of reliable information on the topic, including various types of media
  2. Identify indicators of the type of media, place in the publication cycle, purpose, currency
  3. Identify indicators of authorship, ownership, fact checking and attribution


Bridging competencies: 
  • Ability to narrow a search to a specific topic
  • Understand the publication cycle
  • Recognize the utility of using the library website for locating background information, secondary sources, and analysis