Library: Program Goals

Program Goals

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.