Research Guides: LIS 4001

LIS 4001

LIS 4001 is 3-credit hour seminar for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students who wish to expand their information literacy skills. The course is ideal for honors students preparing for thesis work, students who intend to enter graduate or professional schools, and students in graduate school preparing for thesis and dissertation work. There are no pre-requisites for LIS 4001. Graduate students may take the course for graduate credit.

The focus of the course is the research process, from the moment a research project is assigned to the information gathering and literature review stages to the use of information in a project or paper. Students will learn to locate, evaluate, and use library resources in multiple formats. Students will work on their own individual research topics. Assignments include an annotated bibliography and a literature review. Students will finish the course with a collection of materials that can serve as the foundation for their future research.

LSU General Catalog Course Description

LIS 4001 Advanced Library Research Methods and Materials (3) advanced information literacy for college-level research; location, evaluation, and use of information for research needs; the organization, access, and retrieval of information; practical experience with resources in multiple formats

Course Outcomes

The course outcomes are based on the Association of College and Research Library’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education,  

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

Develop a research topic

Design/record a research map to find information about a research topic

Locate information sources on a research topic

Evaluate information sources based upon their research needs

Use sources of information ethically

To achieve these outcomes, students will navigate library resources such as the catalog and online databases to identify information sources, examine the scholarly communication practices of various academic disciplines, and complete an annotated bibliography and literature review.

Cristina Caminita
Middleton 141
Time and Location
Fall 2012
8:30 - 9:30 MWF
Middleton 230 - A
Required Texts

Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. 2008. The craft of research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Feak, Christine B., John M. Swales, John M. Swales, and Christine B. Feak. 2009. Telling a research story: writing a literature review. [Ann Arbor, Mich.]: University of Michigan Press.