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Library Instruction Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Library Instruction Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment methods

Goal 1: Graduates will see themselves as contributors to an ongoing scholarly conversation.

SLO 1a. Summarize changes in the scholarly perspective over time in their discipline and speculate about future directions for scholarship.

SLO 1b. Synthesize multiple sources to identify controversies or gaps in research and participate in the scholarly conversation by filling in these gaps with original research.

SLO 1a.

Lower Level: Evaluation of evidence usage based on “Is your paper well supported” exercise.

Upper Level: Evaluation of senior research project literature review based on rubric A. 80% of papers evaluated will receive an evaluation of "proficient."

SLO 1b.

Lower Level: Evaluation of evidence usage based on “organizing and integrating evidence” exercise.


Upper Level: Evaluation of senior research project literature review based on rubric B. 80% of senior papers evaluated will receive an evaluation of "proficient."

Goal 2: Graduates will view research as open-ended exploration and employ persistence in the research process to successfully locate information.

SLO 2a. Define the appropriate scope of inquiry as demonstrated in the research plan and formulate research questions and/or theses/hypotheses within it.

SLO 2b. Employ advanced research strategies including: citation mining, employing a wide variety of discipline-specific databases and searching using controlled vocabularies and Boolean operators.

SLO 2a

Lower Level: Evaluation of research topics/theses and introduction paragraphs obtained in any 100-200 level class exercise using rubric C. 80% of papers evaluated will receive an evaluation of "proficient."


Upper Level: Evaluation of research topics/theses and bibliographies of senior research based on rubric D. 80% of senior papers evaluated will receive an evaluation of "accomplished."

SLO 2b

Lower Level: HEDS results (80% of FYs tested in Spring of their first year will correctly answer questions 13-16 and 21). FYC Library exercise (80% of FYs will find an appropriate article).

Upper Level: Evaluation of senior-level research activities based on rubric E. 80% of senior activities evaluated will receive an evaluation of "proficient."

Goal 3: Graduates will consistently reference appropriate, authoritative sources.

SLO 3a. Critically evaluate sources based on discipline standards.

SLO 3a

Lower Level: HEDS results. (80% of FYs tested in Spring of their first year will correctly answer questions 17, 20, 22, 27, 28, 29). FYC Library exercise results (80% of FYs will properly apply PROVEN criteria).

Upper Level: Evaluation of evidence used in senior research project based on rubric F. 80% of senior activities evaluated will receive an evaluation of "accomplished."

Goal 4: Graduates will understand the models of information distribution and how these models affect access to and protection of intellectual property.

SLO 4a. Explain the economic, legal, political, and socio-economic impacts on information access and use.

SLO 4b. Construct in-text and bibliographic references using the appropriate citation style.

SLO 4a

Lower Level: HEDS results. 80% of FYs tested in Spring of their first year will correctly answer questions 23-26.

SLO 4b

Lower Level: HEDS results. 80% of FYs tested in Spring of their first year will correctly answer questions 18-19. FYC Library exercise results (80% of FYs will properly cite their source).

Upper Level: Evaluation of final Works Cited page for senior research project based on rubric G. 80% of senior activities evaluated will receive an evaluation of "accomplished."