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Learning Outcomes: J. Murrey Atkins Library Instruction Program

Year 1

Identify the appropriate format for an information need.

Know when & how to apply strategies to narrow or broaden search results.

Use relevant keywords, synonyms, & related terms for information needs.

Retrieve a full-text article using basic citation information.

Locate information sources physically & electronically.

Read for underst&ing, engagement, & connections.

Use relevant search results to identify new search terms.

Recognize & respect the need to attribute sources.

Seek information from multiple sources to integrate a variety of relevant information into assignments.

Assess the quality & relevance of search results.

Year 2

Critically evaluate sources by asking appropriate questions to determine the origins, context, & suitability of information for a particular information need.

Develop thoughtful, manageable research questions & topics.

Examine the cited works of a source to find related information.

Attribute sources with correct mechanics for the appropriate citation style.

Evaluate & compare search results from different databases.

Years 3-4

Articulate the connections between information from different sources.

Seek out varied & potentially conflicting perspectives within a scholarly conversation.

Identify concepts from sources to incorporate into new ways of thinking about a topic.

Provide context for quotes & paraphrases.

Use complex search strategies to maximize relevance, efficiency, & thoroughness to include various facets of a research topic.

Recognize & employ discipline-specific writing & research conventions.

With increasing confidence & skill, students will develop these aptitudes in all levels of research instruction
as they learn
 to search, read, think, & contribute in an engaged & iterative research process:

Recognize the continuous & cyclical nature of the research process.

Continuously refine & adjust search strategies during the process of investigating a research topic.

Transfer research skills across information needs.

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