Western Civilization: Ancient to Medieval

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 Western Civilization: Ancient to Medieval (HST 101)

Research support framework

The following shows where Western Civilization: Ancient to Medieval 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: 
  • Identify the influence of culturally based practices, values, and beliefs to assess how historically defined meanings of difference affect human behavior.
Outcome assessment strategies relating to information literacy: 
  • Research Projects
Course content relating to information literacy: 
  • Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources

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. Gather reliable secondary sources for background information
  2. Use search strategies familiar to historians
  3. Choose primary sources and historical documents for use in essays


Information literacy instructional objectives: 
  1. Define general indicators of credibility
  2. Compare and evaluate open web and sources from databases for historicity and validity
  3. Use specialized search engines, library databases and journal browsing to locate sources that historians would use


Bridging competencies: 
  • Define a research topic in a hierarchical fashion, broad to specific
  • Differentiate between databases for relevance to topic
  • Differentiate key words from subject headings
  • Use reference tools for building background knowledge