Library and Information Studies

Learning Outcomes

After completing courses, orientations, and/or workshops, a student will be able to:

  • Gather, evaluate, organize and use information in order to successfully complete research projects
  • Properly cite sources according to established formats such as MLA and APA
  • Explain the legal and ethical aspects of research, including copyright and plagiarism


LIBR 4: Information Competency

1 unit: lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop and strengthen research skills and to learn the core concepts of information retrieval. Students are introduced to the essential techniques for finding, evaluating, analyzing and presenting information – key skills for a successful college career. The class covers in-depth use of electronic resources, how to create research strategies to retrieve relevant information, how to critically evaluate information, and how and when to use the Inter net as a research tool. The class also reviews the legal and ethical issues surrounding information and its use. This course may also be offered in a distance learning format. This course is West Valley College Degree applicable. Pass/No Pass Option

Last Updated 2/16/19