Library Course Learning Objectives

Upon completing the library course students will be able to:

  • Navigate the library website 
  • Identify available help resources
  • Identify the various search tools and databases available within the library
  • Describe how research is a non-linear process
  • Explain why searches often require multiple revisions
  • Develop a research question
  • Demonstrate and explain the importance of search language and choosing terms
  • Compare and contrast keywords and subject headings and identify when it is most appropriate to use each in library searches
  • Define the following search functions and predict how they will affect search results: Boolean Operators, Phrase Searching, Truncation and Nesting
  • Choose the best resource for a particular research need
  • Develop a search strategy (based on their research question) which leverages multiple search functions
  • Evaluate their search strategy and propose revisions

Self-Paced Library Course

The Fielding library is pleased to offer an asynchronous, self-paced library course available in Moodle. The course consists of eight modules meant to help students develop their research skills and gain confidence developing search strategies for complex research topics.

We invite you to view the promo video below, explore some suggested faculty uses for the course, read over the course learning objectives, or connect directly and explore for yourself. 

Suggested Uses

"I wish I had learned this sooner."

This is one of the most common comments we receive from students who attend a library instruction session. To address the desire for earlier access to training opportunities, and to provide a self-help space for those eager to learn more, we created the self-paced library course in Moodle. 

We invite you to explore the course, consider ways to use it with your students, and send us your feedback

Suggested Uses for Faculty:

  • Recommend the course to any and all students, including those struggling to locate the research resources they need
  • Consider using it as a pre-requisite or required component for research intensive courses (students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion as confirmation!)
  • Include a link to the course on your syllabus to increase student awareness 
  • Explore the course yourself and consider additional uses