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Learning Outcomes

Year 1

Identify the appropriate format for an information need.

Know when and how to apply strategies to narrow or broaden search results.

Use relevant keywords, synonyms, and related terms for information needs.

Retrieve a full-text article using basic citation information.

Locate information sources physically and electronically.

Read for understanding, engagement, and connections.

Use relevant search results to identify new search terms.

Recognize and respect the need to attribute sources.

Seek information from multiple sources to integrate a variety of relevant information into assignments.

Assess the quality and relevance of search results.

Year 2

Critically evaluate sources by asking appropriate questions to determine the origins, context, and suitability of information for a particular information need.

Develop thoughtful, manageable research questions and topics.

Examine the cited works of a source to find related information.

Attribute sources with correct mechanics for the appropriate citation style.

Evaluate and compare search results from different databases.

Years 3-4

Articulate the connections between information from different sources.

Seek out varied and potentially conflicting perspectives within a scholarly conversation.

Identify concepts from sources to incorporate into new ways of thinking about a topic.

Provide context for quotes and paraphrases.

Use complex search strategies to maximize relevance, efficiency, and thoroughness to include various facets of a research topic.

Recognize and employ discipline-specific writing and research conventions.

With increasing confidence and skill, students will develop these aptitudes in all levels of research instruction
as they learn
 to search, read, think, and contribute in an engaged and iterative research process:

Recognize the continuous and cyclical nature of the research process.

Continuously refine and adjust search strategies during the process of investigating a research topic.

Transfer research skills across information needs.