Instructor: Deb Distante
LIBR1 - Fall 2005
Ticket # 081074 (TTH 12:30 - 2:00 pm)
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 68
Required Texts (available at the Library Reserve Desk):
"The College Student's Research Companion", 3rd edition, by Arelene Rodda Quaratiello.
"MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers", 6th edition, by Joseph Gibaldi
"Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association", 5th edition
Additional readings as required.
Other Skills or Technology:
Familiarity with basic computer skills suggested
Access to computer and email required (available through Mt. SAC Library and Learning Lab)
Students will learn research skills that provide the lifelong information competency necessary for independent research and critical thinking. Activities include finding, evaluating, and documenting information using print and electronic resources, including the Internet.
Learning STARTS WITH YOU and your contributions are valuable. You will learn a great deal from each other. You will getthe most from this course if you come prepared, actively listen to others, and contribute your own ideas, experiences, and insights. I will collaborate with you to establish a safe and fun atmosphere. You will be expected to participate in small group exercises, class discussions, and the class discussion board. The class website, located at www.mtsac.edu/~ddistant/research, contains copies of all class assignments, lecture notes, handouts, and instructions.
Course requirements include doing the reading, attending class,
participating in classroom discussion and exercises, completing and turning
in class/homework assignments, and a final project.
|Online Discussion/Quizzes||100 points|
|Class/Homework Assignments||100 points|
|Attendance/Active Learning||100 points|
|Annotated bibliography||150 points|
|Total points available||500 points|
Grading for this class will be based on a standard curve percentage.
90 - 100% = 450 - 500 points = A
80 - 89% = 400 - 449 points = B
70 - 79% = 350 - 399 points = C
60 - 69% = 300 - 349 points = D
59% or less = 299 or fewer points = F
Students reinforce what they learn in this class by posting responses to weekly discussions and questions based on readings and lectures. Each week you must post at least one response to the weekly discussion or question set. There is no limit to the number of postings you may make each week.
Postings must be made during the week in question (dates are given on the Discussion Board) in order to be eligible for full credit. Postings made the following week will be eligible for half credit.
The class web board is available at http://webboard.mtsac.edu/~ddistante-research-1/.
There is also a link to the Discussion Board on the main class website. Instructions
on using the Discussion Board will be distributed and covered during the second
Weekly class assignments are due to the instructor by the beginning of class each Thursday. Assignments may be turned in by emailing them to the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the beginning of class or turned in during the first 10 minutes of class each Thursday. The timestamp on your email will determine whether the assignment receives full credit. All class assignments will be typed or word-processed. If emailing assignments, please attach the assignment as a text file or Word document. Your name and a title for the assignment are required on all assignments. The maximum amount of time that late assignments will be accepted will be no more than two weeks following the original due date. Late assignments are eligible for no more than half credit.
Class discussion and exercises are crucial to your success in this course. This makes attendance absolutely essential. The concepts and techniques we will be learning intertwine and build on each other. As a result, it is likely that if you miss one or more class sessions, you will have lost valuable information.
Your Attendance/Active Learning grade will be based on your
attendance as well as the frequency and quality of your contribution to the
class. Active learning includes coming prepared to class (having read and
thought about the readings/assignment), asking thoughtful questions, and actively
listening to and responding to others' comments or questions. Ask yourself
how would class be different if you weren't here? If the class wouldn't notice
your absence, you probably won't receive full active learning points. Sleeping
during class constitutes an absence.
The final project for this class will be an annotated bibliography consisting of at least ten sources. The bibliography will follow the MLA citation style (if you'd prefer to use a different style guide, such as APA, please discuss it with the instructor). The annotations will explain how the source helps you better understand or analyze your topic and will be written in paragraph style. If Internet citations are used, the annotation must include evaluation criteria.
It is possible to do an annotated bibliography for a research
assignment you are working on for another class. Please see the instructor
to discuss this possibility.
Attendance will be taken at each class. Tardies and/or early departures may count towards absences. Life is not always predictable. If you have to miss a class due to an emergency, please let me know in advance or as soon as possible. After the 2nd unexcused absence, I will begin subtracting 5 points from your Attendance/Active learning score for every absence.
As previously noted, class assignments are due by the beginning of class on Thursday. If emailing the assignment, it is up to the student to verify that the instructor received it. If you experience technical difficulties, you must notify me by the beginning of class. Otherwise, the assignment will be considered late.
If you are having difficulty completing an assignment on time, please consult with me at least 24 hours before the due date. Otherwise, assignments that are submitted after class begins will be considered late. If you anticipate being gone when an assignment is due, you are responsible for making arrangements to submit it early or emailing it to the instructor (email@example.com) prior to the beginning of class.
If I consider you to be disruptive due to disrespect (towards me or your classmates), chronic lateness, sleeping, ringing of cell phones or pagers, I will excuse you from class for that day and you will be considered absent.
You are expected to present your own ideas and work for evaluation. Academic dishonesty of any kind (cheating, plagiarism, etc.) will not be tolerated. Evidence of academic dishonesty is grounds for failing the class. Please read the Campus Policy on Academic Honesty and Plagiarism and see me if you have any questions.
Mt. SAC strives to make our courses accessible to everyone. We specifically consider design features that make our courses accessible to individuals with disabilities, including those using assistive technology for computer access. If you find a feature/course inaccessible to you, please contact the instructor or Mt. SAC Disabled Student Programs & Services at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4290.
Dropping the Class/Important Dates
It is the responsibility of the student to DROP this class. Failing to attend class without officially dropping the class will result in a course grade of F.
The final day to drop this class without a W is September 9.
The final day to drop this class and receive a W is October 28.
|Week 1||August 16||
|Week 2||August 23||Research resources overview
Introduction to citation
Creating the research question
|Week 3||August 30||Keywords and subject headings
Searching the library catalog
|Week 4||September 6||Advanced keywords and subject headings
Using reference books
|Week 5||September 13||Introduction to Annotations
Reference and book citations
|Week 6||September 20||Searching article databases
|Week 7||September 27||
Advanced searching in article databases
|Week 8||October 4||Searching subject-specific databases|
|Week 9||October 11||
Research Process Overview
|Week 10||October 18||Introduction to the Internet
|Week 11||October 25||Evaluating information found on
Searching the Internet
|Week 12||November 1||Advanced Internet searching
Alternative Internet resources
|Week 13||November 8||
Legal resources and government documents
|Week 14||November 15||Citation Review
Annotated bibliography review
|Week 15||November 22||Copyright
Draft of annotated bibliography due
|Week 16||November 29||Information Ethics
|Week 17||December 6||Information competency
|Week 18||December 13||Final Exam: 10:30 am - 1:00 pm,
Annotated bibliography due
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