Library - Information Studies

Information Studies Department

The Information Studies department offers courses designed to help students understand the nature of information, as well as how individuals gather, engage, and interact with it. Courses focus on research skills to meet the academic needs of community college students, those intending to transfer to a university, as well as for professional, lifelong learning or personal needs. Courses show students how to access, evaluate and use information and information systems and technologies, and to consider the impact of information in contemporary society through the examination of information issues and information-seeking behavior.

The following courses are taught in the Information Studies Department:
  • INFO100: Online Research Skills
  • INFO101: Research Essentials
  • INFO102: Problem-Based Research Methods in Professional-Technical Programs

INFO100: Online Research Skills

Introduction to Internet research using online library resources and the free web. Students will learn how search engines work, how to develop search strategies, how to use criteria to evaluate sources, and the impact of emerging web technologies on society. 1 credit, General Elective (GE).

INFO101: Research Essentials

Introduction to the essential skills, concepts and strategies for college-level research. Students will learn how to effectively access, use and evaluate information resources, including books, periodicals, databases and the Internet. Information strategies will be examined through the lens of information seeking behavior. Students will also explore information issues and theories such as information flow, censorship, intellectual freedom and bias and perspective. 2 credits, General Transferrable Elective (GE).

INFO102: Problem-Based Research Methods in Professional-Technical Programs

Introduction to the essential skills, concepts and strategies for academic and professional research. Using problems and topics encountered by professionals, students will learn how to effectively access, use and evaluate information resources. This course is intended for majors in professional/technical programs. 2 credits, General Elective (GE).

For more information, including learning outcomes, course topics, projected schedule and syllabi, visit the Information Studies page at the Pierce College eCatalog.