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reference and information services

LIS 620: Information Sources and Services

Required Text(s):

William A. Katz. Introduction to Reference Work, Vol. 1: Basic Reference Sources , 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001.

Course Description:

Information 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:

  • Describe the processes by which information sources are compiled, and the original sources of information contained in standard reference works.
  • Discuss 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 conflicting information.
  • Identify the sources most likely to contain specific types of information;
  • Discern 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
  • Articulate 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.