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Zoo Biology & Management III - Birds

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 Zoo Biology & Management III - Birds (BMZA 202)

Research support framework

The following shows where Zoo Biology & Management III - Birds fits into the Research Support Framework developed by PCC Librarians.

Information literacy developmental stage: 
Critical Thinking Support
  • I can use these resources to identify pro and con positions
  • I understand the scholarly conversation in this discipline and can recognize the experts
Cognitive domains and information literacy outcomes: 
Information exploration
  • Intellectual inquiry
  • Engagement with scholarly resources

Library support of CCOGs

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

Intended course outcomes related to information literacy: 
  • Effectively research and communicate information about a diversity of birds to a variety of audiences
Other indicators of required information literacy outcomes: 
  • Critical analysis of papers and case studies dealing with the successful management of sustained captive populations

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. Locate research level, peer-reviewed information sources related to captive birds
  2. Assess information sources for discipline specific relevancy
  3. Use indicators of authority and affiliation to determine reliability


Information literacy instructional objectives: 
  1. Identify sources for full text articles from research level journals from library databases and online sources
  2. Identify indicators of authority from publishing process, official documentation, and expert opinion
  3. Use controlled vocabulary and database search limiters to construct efficient search strategy


Bridging competencies: 
  • Recognize authors' affiliation statements in journal articles
  • Recognize agencies as corporate authors
  • Navigate to library website, and select relevant databases
  • Use background reading to construct reasonable topic statement