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Zoo Water Quality Management

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 Water Quality Management (BMZA 240)

Research support framework

The following shows where Zoo Water Quality Management fits into the Research Support Framework developed by PCC Librarians.

Information literacy developmental stage: 
Critical Thinking Support
  • I can explain and describe my position on this issue, and support it with primary sources
  • I can accurately summarize the scholarly conversation
Cognitive domains and information literacy outcomes: 
  • Complexity in research and analysis
  • Participant in scholarly conversation

Library support of CCOGs

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

Intended course outcomes related to information literacy: 

Information literacy is in other parts of the CCOG

Outcome assessment strategies relating to information literacy: 
  • Demonstrate competence in locating and applying scientific papers on behavioral management.
Course content relating to information literacy: 
  • History and research in applied animal behavior
  • Interpretation and application of scientific literature to behavior management

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 animal behavior
  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