Information is powerful but complicated. Using information successfully academically and in everyday life involves understanding the format, context and purpose of information, as well as the information creators’ perspective and point of view, and level of expertise.
Students develop confidence in their ability to find and evaluate information in a variety of formats as they learn to challenge misinformation and learn how information works both in academics and beyond.
PCC's Library courses are designed to help students understand why connecting with the Library will be useful for academic and lifelong success. Students will learn how information is created and evaluated; how they can build on their roles as creators and consumers of information; and how using search strategies and search tools can lead to new knowledge and confidence as an information seeker.
LIB 100. Using the Library for College Success. 1 Credit.
Introduces using a college library in person and through the library website. Includes developing basic research skills for college. Provides an opportunity to practice skills using computer applications and online tools to find information, keep track of it, and give credit for using other people's ideas. Audit available.
LIB 101. Introduction to Research: Understand, Find, and Evaluate. 1 Credit.
Identifies how different types of information formats are created and how to find, critically evaluate, and cite them as part of a research process. Applies critical thinking to examine different types of expertise and authority in a variety of contexts. Discusses social justice and equity issues in information publishing and access. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 115 or IRW 115. Audit available.
LIB 127. Information Research in a Field of Study or Profession. 2 Credits.
Explores a discipline or job-related field by learning what professionals and scholars read, write and talk about. Covers where research and information is published and how to access relevant information efficiently. Examines the jargon used in a field of study or profession and how evidence is used in decision making. Prerequisite: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available.