Pierce Library Courses
The library offers four courses to help students develop their research skills.
LIB 127 Information Access
2 credits. General Ed: Gateway category. Available on campus & online. Syllabus.
Students in this course will learn methods of finding, evaluating, interpreting, managing and using information to answer questions in an academic context. Critical thinking and flexibility in approaches to information seeking and selection are emphasized. In addition to learning how to apply information literacy concepts for lifelong learning, students will gain practical skills and experience in using a 21st century academic library.
LIB 307 Online Research: Trends, Tools & Techniques
2 credits. General Ed: Natural, Mathematical and Information Sciences category. Available on campus & online. Syllabus.
Course examines search strategies and techniques used in discipline specific research tools such as databases, library catalogs, and free online content. Determining appropriate tools to use in relation to academic program research needs is emphasized.
LIB 317 Business Research
2 credits. Available online. Syllabus.
Course examines business search strategies and techniques used academically and in the business world. Discipline specific databases, library catalogs, and free online content are among the tools and resources emphasized in relation to business program research needs, as well as instruction on locating business information upon graduation.
LIB 327 Research Topic Exploration
2 credits. General Ed: Natural, Mathematical and Information Sciences category. Available online. Syllabus.
Students participate in topic exploration, research question development, and research in preparation for a capstone, thesis, paper, or other culminating academic work; students will investigate scholarly communication within a discipline and use library resources, search tools, and citation management tools to locate and collect information.