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- Students should be able to identify needed information: The process of successfully finding information for research includes an understanding of how one translates one's initial thoughts about what one wishes to research into a searchable statement, and developing an awareness of what information sources are available and what search strategies are required to "mine" these sources.
- Students should be able to obtain that information: Going from citation to actually holding a research resource in hand involves developing an awareness of what "full text" options exist for the item in question and how to choose among and utilize those options effectively.
- Students should be able to evaluate information encountered: Sensitivity needs to be developed both about sources of information -- in terms of their appropriateness, authoritativeness, objectivity, etc. -- and about what one may encounter within a given item from that source, e.g., bias, inaccuracies, incompleteness, etc.