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This course is designed to help develop students' information literacy skills: how information is gathered and stored electronically and how information relevant to academic research projects can be extracted and evaluated. Students will have the chance to explore the Empire State College Library and Learning Resources web site and use various types of electronic databases, along with other sources on the Internet. The course is also intended to help students with concrete research tasks: identifying a research topic and narrowing it into a researchable question; understanding how to place the topic in its context, findings resources (reference sources, books, articles, Internet sites) that provide answers to the research question; understanding various search strategies (e.g., Boolean search techniques) appropriate to each type of source; evaluating sources for validity; and listing and annotating sources using a standard documentation format (APA preferred or MLA). All reading resources are online. Primary assignments will include reading, writing, and online discussion.
Important Note: this course was formerly offered as 232011. Students who have successfully completed the one-credit version of this course (232011) should not enroll in the two-credit version (232012).
This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.
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Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Jan. Mar. May. Sep. Nov.
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