Library & Information Studies (LIS)

LIS 001  An Introduction To Basic Research Skills   Units: 2

This course presents an introduction to the basic concepts and tools used in information research. Emphasis is placed on how to develop a research topic and how to locate, evaluate, use and cite relevant information. Students learn to develop strategies for finding relevant research information in print (such as reference books, indexes and monographs) and electronic resources including catalogs, databases and the web.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Student Option
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: CIS-005 and RDG-051
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C4b                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

LIS 010  Advanced Research Methods, Info. Studies   Units: 3

This course is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university. The principal course objective is to present an in-depth analysis of the research process, emphasizing methods for accessing information from print sources, from electronic databases, and from the Internet. Students will learn how to use a wide variety of research tools including those used to complete historical research projects (e.g., periodical indexes). Students will also learn how to select and develop a research topic and how to locate, evaluate, use and cite to relevant information. A concurrent objective of the course will be to research, discuss and write about current issues in Information Studies. These topics include such issues as current trends in information publishing, the politics and economics of roadband access, privacy concerns of social networking, and regulation of online piracy and copyrightviolations. These topics will be introduced in class discussions and students will have an opportunity to evaluate criticallythese issues in written assignments. This course continues the exploration of research completed in LIS-001. A research termproject will be required. Knowledge of how to use computers and internet searching is strongly recommended.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: CIS-005 and RDG-051
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC*                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None