Library Instruction

Q110 Syllabus

  1. Course Introduction

    Overview of syllabus, schedule


    selection of term topic

  2. Beyond Dewey

    Libraries, Types of materials in libraries

    Classification systems in libraries

    1. Dewey Decimal System

    2. Library of Congress

    The Structure of Information

    Search Strategy

    The concept of Tools

  3. Background sources

    Reference materials

  4. Database Searching

    The Structure of a Database

    1. Records

    2. Fields

    3. Search string

    4. Known Item Searching

    Topic Searching

    1. Controlled vocabulary

    2. Keyword Searching

    General keyword searching

    1. Stop words

    2. Boolean Searching




  5. Looking for Books

    Online Catalogs

    Using IUCAT to find books and other items

    Types of Searches

    Reading a Citation

    1. Call numbers, including Library of Congress Classification system

    2. Subject headings, lateral searching

    Boolean Searching

    Advanced Searching

  6. Looking for Articles


    Definition and benefits of use

    Popular vs. Scholarly

    Print vs. Electronic

    Journal Databases

    Locating in Schurz Library

    Interlibrary Loan

  7. Looking for the Best Articles

    Advanced Periodical Searching

    1. subject headings

    2. thesaurus searching

    Introduction to more databases

  8. The Internet

    What it is, how it works


    Ownership and control

    What is the WWW

    What's available on the web

    uniform resource locaters

    How to find things: search engines vs. directories, Meta-search engines

    How they work: spiders and robots

  9. Internet Evaluation

    The Best and Worst of the Internet

    Propaganda, Misinformation, Disinformation

    Internet Evaluation Criteria

    Critical Thinking

    Edited Internet Directories

    The Invisible Web

  10. Government Publications

    U.S. Federal Government structure

    Govt. Pubs. in Libraries, including Superintendent of Documents classification system

    Govt. Pubs. on the Web

  11. Statistical Information

    Using statistics

    How statistics are gathered (census data, sampling, surveys)

    Polls and how they work

  12. In Style

    Using & Citing Sources

    Ethical use of information


    MLA Style

    APA Style

  13. Advanced Searching


    Limiting by Field


    Proximity Searching

    Phrase Searching

    Table of Contents Searching

    Saved Searches, Search History, Alert Services

  14. Course wrap-up

    Term project due


    course evaluation

Last Reviewed: 03/2014