Library and Learning Resources

Programs and courses in the Library and Information Studies (LIS) Department have been developed for students who wish to:

  • Take a general education course, LIS 001, that is transferrable as a general elective to the UC system, CSU GE pattern E eligible, and COD GE C4.B eligible.
  • Improve the critical research and information evaluation skills that students need to succeed both academically and in their chosen career paths.
  • Earn a non-credit certificate in research or take open-entry, open-exit non-credit courses to improve their basic research skills.

Students should consult with an advisor or a counselor to determine if the courses offered by Library and Information Studies are appropriate for their individual academic or career objectives. Counselors are available both in-person and online via appointment. For additional information or to make an appointment, please visit the online Counseling page (https://www.collegeofthedesert.edu/students/counseling/online-counseling.php). Drop-in appointments for quick questions are also available by calling 760.773.2521. Please leave your name, phone number, student ID, and the reason for your call and a counselor will call you back.

Jin An-Dunning
han-dunning@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.776.2546

M. G. Maloney
mmaloney@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.862.1392

LIS 001  An Introduction to Basic Research Skills   Units: 3

Appropriate for students pursuing almost any major, this course presents an introduction to the basic concepts and tools used in research. Emphasis is placed on how to develop a research topic and how to locate, evaluate, use, and cite relevant information. Students will learn to develop strategies for finding relevant research information in different modalities to address a variety of information needs.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Student Option
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: CIS 010 & RDG 051
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C4b                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

LIS 301  Introduction to Academic Research 1   Units: 0

Applicable to almost all majors, this course is designed to support college students to develop or strengthen their information competency and academic research skills. In this course, students will learn what it means to be information competent, how to obtain assistance in completing research assignments, and the different types of information sources.
Noncredit Hours: 2                                        Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

LIS 302  Introduction to Academic Research 2   Units: 0

Applicable to almost all majors, this course is designed to support college students develop or strengthen their information competency and academic research skills. In this course, students will learn how to create an answerable research topic, select the right keywords, select and evaluate research databases, and evaluate information sources. Advisory: LIS 301
Noncredit Hours: 2                                        Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

LIS 303  Introduction to Academic Research 3   Units: 0

Applicable to almost all majors, this course is designed to support college students to develop or strengthen their academic research skills. In this course, students will learn how search engines work at a basic level, how to identify fake news, and how to to find credible academic sources on the internet.
Noncredit Hours: 2                                        Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

LIS 304  Introduction to Academic Research 4   Units: 0

Applicable to almost all majors, this course is designed to support college students to develop or strengthen their academic citation skills. In this course, students will learn the concepts of academic integrity and plagiarism, paraphrasing, and the basic steps to creating citations in MLA or APA.
Noncredit Hours: 2                                        Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None