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LIBR 250 Intermediate Information Literacy: Syllabus

Final Exam!


  • This is a take home exam.  Your work is due by 3:00 PM on December 9. Email your completed work to your professor ( as a word attachment by the deadline.
  • This final exam has two parts. You can use any citation format you’d like (APA, MLA etc.)
  1. Part one of the exam is worth 15 points. For part one you will need to find 10 scholarly articles on the topic of privacy and social media. You will need to export all 10 of your articles to RefWorks and use Refworks to create a bibliography. In addition, you will need to annotate the bibliographic entries by writing a sentence or two regarding what the article is about, what it ‘proves’ or ‘demonstrates’ or ‘shows’, and how it would be helpful to a thorough investigation of the topic. Each annotation should be written under the reference it describes. Your annotations should not be longer than 50 words each.
  2. Part two of the exam is worth 10 points. For this section you will examine two of the articles that have different or competing ideas and write a brief one or two page, double-spaced essay reconciling those competing thoughts. In other words, explain and synthesize the thinking of the two conflicting articles using critical thinking. For example, you can say one article is outdated or doesn’t necessarily apply in all situations or fails to consider specific ideas (name them) or that the two seemingly conflicting ideas can co-exist and why/how etc. Use in text references to cite the two articles when describing and discussing them.

Midterm Exam

Below is your midterm exam. Read the directions carefully. Contact me via email or text or office hours if you have any questions.

Your finished exam must be emailed to Professor Germano as a word document by midnight on Friday, November 13th. 


Location: Salazar C261

Time: Wednesday 1:30-3:10 PM
Professor: Michael Germano
Text/SMS: 769-287-1015
Phone:  323-343-3963
Office Location: Library North Room 1018A (Ask for me at reference desk)
Office Hours: Tuesday 4:00-6:00, Wednesday &Thursday 3:10-4:10 or by appointment

Course Materials

Course website:

Text: Solomon, Wilson and Taylor (2012). 100% Information Literacy Success. Boston, MA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.


Course Description

LIBR 250 (2 credits) A practical and theoretical course offering students a framework for how information and knowledge is produced in society and organized by libraries and indexing systems. Designed to give students the technological skills and critical thinking abilities needed to access and use the printed and electronic information resources found in libraries and on the Internet; develop strategies for finding, evaluating, synthesizing and managing information. Graded ABC/NC


Course Objectives

LIBR 250 is an introduction to library research and information literacy skills. This class equips students with helpful research strategies and techniques, including effective use of the library, source evaluation, finding and accessing scholarly literature, understanding knowledge production, citation formatting, and plagiarism. 

Student Learning Outcomes

This course will help you develop research skills. It is designed to help you become a smarter consumer and user of information. In this class you will learn how to identify and use a variety of resources, including libraries and databases. The course is designed from a practical point of view and features research strategies you can use both in every day life and for other course work.

 Upon successful completion of the class you will begin to be able to: 

§  Define a research topic and determine the need for information
§  Access information effectively and efficiently using the world wide web, library databases and library catalog
§  Evaluate information critically
§  Synthesize information to form arguments and support ideas
§  Understand the basic organization of libraries
§  Understand the ethical and legal uses of information


Course Requirements and Grading

Students in LIBR 250 can earn 100 points total over the course of the quarter. The total points earned will determine the final grade:



















Grades are based upon the follow requirements/deliverables:

  • Online basic information literacy tutorial due Week 3 5%
  • Attendance & Experiential/In-Class Exercises 45%
  • Mid-term Exam 25%
  • Final Exam 25%

Online Basic Information Literacy Tutorial: Due Week 3. This tutorial takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. Bring certificate of completion for turorial to class on week 3. The tutorial link is avaialble on the course guide under the second tab.

Class Contributions and Experiential Exercises: LIBR 250 is a ‘hands on’ course. Classes will feature a combination of lecture, discussion and experiential exercises where you will be given the opportunity to develop practical research skills. Class attendance is not mandatory but each missed class will result in a loss of 5 points and will impact your final grade. Each class is worth 5 point for a total of 50 points over the course of the quarter.

 Mid-term Examination: An exam based upon the reading, discussions and in-class exercises will be conducted during week six. It will consist of short answer questions that will require students to demonstrate understanding of the reading as well as application of the skills developed during class. The mid-term is worth 25 points.

 Final Examination: An exam based upon the reading, discussions and in-class exercises will be conducted during finals wee. It will consist of short answer questions that will require students to demonstrate understanding of the reading as well as application of the skills developed during class. The final is worth 25 points.


 Course Policies

A student that succeeds in LIBR 230 must demonstrate the following traits and characteristics:

·     Observes all university policies related to academic honesty and adheres to them at all times;
·     Shows up on time and prepared for class each week and stays focused for the entire period;
·     Actively engages professor and classmates during discussions and class activities;
·     Is fully aware of all due dates, course requirements and asks professor (via email or office hours) if they do not;
·     Checks email regularly and communicates with professor in a timely way when needed;
·     Does not make excuses for missed deadlines or failed work and instead offers solutions to the problem of not meeting course requirements;
·     Works effectively with colleagues on group collaborative exercises;
·     Acts like an adult who accepts full responsibility for their choices and actions whether they result in success or failure;
·     Commits fully to their professional success as a student while achievi

ng balance in their personal life so it does not impinge upon that commitment.
Students with Disabilities

The university provides reasonable accommodations to students with documented physical and learning disabilities.  The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD), located in Student Affairs Room 115 coordinates all documentation of disabilities (323-343-3140)


If you have any questions at any point during the quarter please contact the professor via email or during office hours as soon as possible.

Class Schedule





Topics Covered





Important Dates


· Class introduction

· Review of syllabus and course website

· Introduction to Information Literacy

· Searching vs. Knowing

· Steps for becoming an effective researcher






·     Library organization and call numbers

·     Library classification systems

·     Common print sources and how to use them


·       Solomon, Wilson, Taylor Chapter 1




·   The research process

·   Determining information needs

·   Primary vs. secondary




Online Tutorial


Online Tutorial with proof of completion must be submitted in class on Week 3



·   How to find and access information

·   Searching for information


·       Solomon, Wilson, Taylor Chapter 2



·     Searching for information (continued)

·     Using library databases


·       Solomon, Wilson, Taylor Chapter 3





·       None

Mid-term exam on chapters 1, 2 and 3


No Class—Veterans Day Holiday





·     Evaluating Information


·       Solomon, Wilson, Taylor Chapter 4



·     Organizing information

·     Synthesizing information


·       Solomon, Wilson, Taylor Chapter 5:



·     Citation

·     Plagiarism

·     Refworks


·       Solomon, Wilson, Taylor Chapter 6


Finals Week




Exam on chapters 4, 5, & 6

Class schedule subject to change. Any changes will be communicated during class meetings.


Downloadable Syllabus and Textbook

Download text at this link

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