LIS 620: Information Sources and Services
William A. Katz. Introduction to Reference Work, Vol. 1: Basic Reference Sources , 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001.
Sources and Services deals with the origins and characteristics of
information and of information sources, and with such related issues as
the negotiation of information requests, standards for ethical conduct,
and the development of appropriate search strategies.
Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course students will be able to:
the processes by which information sources are compiled, and the
original sources of information contained in standard reference works.
problems likely to be encountered with the use of sources, including
problems accessing materials through index terms and headings, as well
as problems of scope, organization, bias, and inaccurate and/or
- Identify the sources most likely to contain specific types of information;
the virtues and weaknesses of products available in multiple-formats
(i.e., print, microfilm, CD-Rom, electronic), and make appropriate
choices from among available options for each information request; and
requirements for a general bibliographic instruction unit for
information seekers based upon a review of the existing literature in
any given subject field.
- Create user documents on the World Wide Web, and develop facility in the use of internet resources.