What can the librarians do to help you with your composition class?

As part of the College's Core Curriculum, English 3, English 4 and English 5 are SMC students' first introduction to information retrieval and evaluation. The Library has worked closely with the Composition program to outline the common learning goals for all students taking the course. The skills that the students learn in the library sessions for English 3, 4 and 5 will lay the basic foundation of information literacy that will built up further throughout the discipline. 


Schedule a Session for Your Class

The Composition program has outlined that information literacy as a key learning outcome for (Information Literacy and Learning Outcomes for English Composition) and to help fullfill that outcome, library sessions are required for each section of English 3, English 4 and English 5. When and how the requirement is met in each individual sesction can be discussed between the librarian and faculty member. Because of space limitations, please request your prefered date as early as possible.  
To schedule a library session for your English 3, 4, or 5 section(s), please complete the online Library Session Request Form for Composition Classes and a librarian will get in touch with you.

What Will the Session Look Like

The Composition program and Librarians have outlined the key learning objectives for each English 4 and English 5, and the Librarians has designed a "core syllabus" for each course. To ensure that all students receive the same foundation, these objectives will be the focus on each library session. Addition information and skills can be added at the request of the instructor.
English 4 information literacy learning objectives include:
  • Seek and identify confirming and opposing evidence relevant to original and existing theses (CT2a)
  • Analyze arguments of others and reflect on the assumption of other writers and how those assumptions relate to the student's own assumptions on the topic (CT2b & CT2c)
  • Understand the standards by which information is evaluated (preliminary introduction to information evaluation and research practices and a brief introduction to proper citation of outside sources).
English 5, a more research intensive course, builds on English 4 by adding in
  • Develop search strategies and use library catalogs and databases to find relevant material.
  • Critically evaluate sources.
  • Evaluate and synthesize evidence for the purpose of drawing valid conclusions.
  • Understand the concept of intellectual property and practice academic honesty as evidenced by integrating and citing evidence appropriately.
The session will feature hands-on instruction, allowing the students to practice what they are learning. 

Where Will the Library Session Be?

The Library has one instruction room: the Wildenradt Theater, on the second floor of the Library. The room seats up to 30, and includes 20 computer stations. WiFi is available for students who choose to use their own laptop or tablet computers. It is strongly prefered that the library session take place in the Library so that students become familiar with the facility, services, and staff. 


What else should I know?

To emphasize the importance of the session, it is required that the faculty member attends with his or her students. 

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