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Library & Internet Research

Research & Instruction Librarian


I am your instructor for LIB 127: Library & Internet Research. My office is appropriately called The Cube, and is located inside the Sue Shaffer Library & Learning Commons. I typically work Monday-Friday from 8 am to 4pm. However, I have many other duties, so it's best to send me an email at I will try to get back to you as soon as possible. 

Course Information

Umpqua Community College Syllabus

LIB 127 Library and Internet Research


CRN 24160 FALL 2022



Instructor: Liz Teoli (she/her)

Email: The primary way to contact me is via the Canvas Inbox messages. If for some reason you cannot access Canvas to reach me, you may email me at:

Phone Number: 541-440-7681

Office Location/Hours: Sue Shaffer Learning Commons & Library M-F, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. You can reach me by phone, or email during these times. If you'd like to Zoom, please contact me and I'll send you a Zoom link (please email for an appointment).

Communication Response Time: I try to respond as quickly as possible, however, please be aware that I may be away from my desk at times. Typical response times may be up to 24 hours Mon – Fri and within 48 – 72 hours over the weekend and holidays.


Credits: 3

Course Location: Online

Course Meeting Times: Online/Asynchronous unless otherwise requested

Prerequisites/Co-requisites: None

Course Materials/Textbooks: "Introduction to College Research" by Walter D. Butler, Aloha Sargent, and Kelsey Smith is licensed under CC BY 4.0, except where otherwise noted.

This textbook is an open educational resource (OER) which means that it was made freely available using a Creative Commons Attribution license. This required text and other required resources for this course will be available freely online in the weekly modules.

First Class Meeting Date: This course will become available online at 5:00 am on the first morning of the term, typically a Monday.

Drop for Non-Attendance: Students who do not complete the Syllabus Quiz by the first Thursday of the Term may be dropped from the class for non-attendance. Contact your instructor with any questions or concerns.


This course is designed to take students through the research process as they learn to search, find, access, and utilize information efficiently from a variety of library and Web resources. Upon successful completion of this course, students gain transferable research skills for academic and career success, personal interests, and lifelong learning. As this course focuses on critical thinking, students learn to evaluate, select, and interpret information sources. Students are introduced to information issues that affect their local and global communities as they learn to share information ethically according to Copyright and Creative Commons licenses and apply a standard citation style format to their work. Students take an active role by clearly and effectively contributing what they have learned to a larger community or scholarly conversation.


By the end of this course, students will:

  1. Develop a specific research question in order to formulate a clear search strategy.
  2. Utilize effective search techniques in order to find relevant information from library and Web resources.
  3. Evaluate and select relevant and credible information sources in order to construct and provide evidence for a thesis.
  4. Access, cite, and share information according to copyright law, Creative Commons licenses, and standard citation style formats in order to utilize information resources ethically.
  5. Interpret and draw conclusions from a body of research about a topic in order to answer a research question and create a thesis.
  6. Present research findings clearly in an appropriate medium in order to contribute to a larger community or scholarly conversation about a topic.


Grading Scale:

  • A= 90%-100%
  • B= 80%-89%
  • C= 70%-79%
  • D= 60%-69%
  • F= 59% and below

Category Weights: Total 100% (400 pts)

  • Assignments: 75% (300 pts)
  • Research Project: 25% (100 pts)

Grading Feedback:

  • I provide feedback to students in a variety of ways (in text, audio, or video). Feedback will be attached to individual assignments.
  • I aim to have all assignments and discussion posts/responses graded by the end of the following week.

Late Work Policy:

    • The Syllabus Quiz will not be accepted late.
    • Discussion forums & responses will not be accepted late because they require you to interact with your classmates during the week.
    • Assignments may be accepted up to one week late with a 15% reduction in grade.
    • The Research Project will not be accepted late.



Why we're here


    • You're here to learn and to work toward an educational, professional, and/or personal goal that you have.
    • I'm here to lead you in this experience and to learn from you. I'm also here because I care about you and want you to succeed in your goals, enjoy this learning experience, and leave with valuable tools to apply when doing any kind of research, whether personal, professional, or academic.
    • Our collective knowledge in this class is greater than the knowledge that any one of us possesses. Let's learn from each other.


Course Organization


    • The course is organized into 11 weekly modules.
    • Each new module will become available on Monday at noon.
    • Discussion posts are due by Thursday at midnight & responses are due the following Monday by midnight.
    • Assignments are due by Monday at midnight unless otherwise noted.


How to Succeed in this Course


Each week, you are expected to:

      • Start the module by reading the Module Overview, read the lesson content and grasp the concepts outlined in the lesson outcomes.
      • Submit weekly assignments, discussions, and quizzes on time.
      • Work on the Research Project both independently and as a part of the weekly assignments and submit it on time.
      • Read all Canvas Inbox messages and Announcements sent by your instructor.
      • Read all feedback on graded assignments and respond to your instructor with questions or concerns.
      • Contact your instructor promptly whenever you have a question, concern, or are struggling with technology, assignment instructions, or a course concept. It is important that you do not wait to contact me so that we can get your questions answered and any issues resolved so that you can succeed and move on to the next step.


The Schedule of Assignments is subject to change, as necessary. Changes will be posted in the Announcements.



Class Tasks Due


Information & Digital Literacy

Complete the Syllabus Quiz by Thursday of Week 1 to avoid being dropped from the course.

Quiz 1 & Assignment 1


The Age of Algorithms & Disinformation

Quiz 2 & Assignment 2

Discussion & Response 1


Fact vs. Fallacy (Evaluation)

Research Project Introduction

Quiz 3 & Assignment 3

Discussion & Response 2


Types of Information Sources & Search Strategies

Quiz 4 & Assignment 4

Discussion & Response 3


Source Types & Citation (Primary, Secondary, Tertiary)

Quiz 5 & Assignment 5

Discussion & Response 4


Source Types & Citation (books, articles, websites People as Sources)

Quiz 6 & Assignment 6

Discussion & Response 5


Source Types & Citation (Archives & People as Sources)

Quiz 7 & Assignment 7

Discussion & Response 6


Government Sources

Quiz 8 & Assignment 8

Discussion & Response 7


Reviewing Your Research

Quiz 9 & Assignment 9

Discussion & Response 8


Compiling Your Research

Discussion & Response 9


Finals Week

Research Project due Thursday (not accepted late)

Research Project

  • Students will complete a research project which builds upon skills learned throughout the term. More information will be available on this project in Module 3.
  • The research project is worth 100 points (25% of your total course grade):
    • Source Citation and Annotation: 20 points
      • Reference source (2 points)
      • Book (2 points)
      • Academic article (2 points)
      • News or magazine article (2 points)
      • Website (2 points)
      • 5 source types of your choosing (10 points)
    • Final Project Submission: 80 points
      • Due the Friday of Finals Week.
      • No late submissions accepted.


  • All UCC students should possess basic computer and internet skills, and/or inquire with a UCC Career Coach for this fundamental computing instruction (saving, creating a file, etc.)


Comprehensive IT, Technology, and Student Computer Help are available in the UCC Library-Success Center. Student available from 8AM-5PM Monday-Friday (Chat function bubble appears at the bottom, right-hand corner of the page) or contact or via phone 541-440-4711.


UCCOnline: or 541-440-7685

UCC Help Desk: or 541-440-7808

Self-Service Banner Reset: call Admissions office at 541-440-7743

Canvas 24-hour Support Hotline: 855-782-5890

Laptops are available for checkout to students through the UCC Library. Wi-Fi hotspots are also available for check out. A reduced cost MS Office program is available through the bookstore and a free version is available online. You can find information about accessing Office 365 at the bottom of the Technology for Students web page.


This course is supported by UCC tutors and academic coaches through the Success Center, located in the Library & Learning Commons. Tutors are trained to share learning and study strategies during tutorial sessions and can will help you understand and reinforce concepts that you are learning in this class. Tutors and academic coaches provide free course tutoring, writing help, academic skills consultations, as well as tips and strategies for time management, note-taking, and test-taking skills. Tutoring is available online via Zoom, in-person in the Success Center, or 24/7 through Smarthinking Online Tutoring within your Canvas course. To schedule appointments for any of these services or to find out more information, visit the Success Center, call 541-440-7831, or email


UCC is committed to providing our students quality education that upholds excellent academic standards. Academic integrity means academic honesty in presenting one’s work as one’s own, and the ethical adherence to guidelines set by individual instructors and the college. Academic dishonesty (plagiarism, misrepresentation of work, cheating, use of online websites for test answers, etc.) jeopardizes our students’ educational experiences, and the educational mission of UCC. Therefore, UCC has a zero-tolerance policy regarding all forms of academic dishonesty. For more information regarding possible violations, penalties, and procedures, see the UCC Student Code of Conduct Section 5506.


To protect the original work of students from plagiarism and to uphold the high academic standards and integrity of UCC, any written assignment in this course may be submitted to an internet-based plagiarism detection service such as TurnItIn by the student or the instructor. All submitted written assignments will be archived and may be referenced for the purpose of detecting plagiarism.


Canvas conforms with the W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WAI WCAG) 2.0 AA and Section 508 guidelines. Other Accessibility Statements for teaching technology are provided in the UCC Canvas Help.


Student who are not feeling well are encouraged to stay home. Because Covid 19 numbers and cases are still constantly changing, please be conscious of UCC campus communications sent by Mary Flaherty ( who is our current UCC Covid point of contact. If you have questions, please email Mary.


UCC affirms values that foster a fully inclusive and welcoming environment while promoting scholarship, innovation, and a campus climate that reflects a deep appreciation and acceptance of diversity. UCC is dedicated to supporting education and personal growth to prepare students for their lives after graduation, thereby enhancing the broader community. By responding respectfully and effectively to people of all cultures, backgrounds, abilities, and lifestyles, we recognize and affirm the values, worth, and dignity of all individuals, families, and communities. For more on UCC’s commitment to inclusion and equity visit the Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Action Leadership (IDEAL) Committee.


It is the policy of UCC that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of sex, race, color, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, pregnancy, mental or physical disability, uniformed/military service or veterans’ status, or any other protected status or activity in accordance with applicable law, in any educational programs, activities, or employment. Persons having questions about equal opportunity, nondiscrimination, or Title IX issues should contact the Student Services 541-440-7859 or the Title IX Coordinator 541-440-7763. Additional information can be found on the UCC website: Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and Title IX.


UCC is committed to providing an academic and work environment free of unlawful sex harassment under Title IX. This includes acts of sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Learn more about UCC’s policy, procedure, and resources, including talking to someone confidentially or to file a report, by visiting the UCC Title IX page.  Unless there is child abuse involved, confidential employees will not share information until you express interest in moving forward with filing a report. The Title IX Coordinator can be reached at or 541-440-7763. Pregnancy Rights & Responsibilities: Title IX makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of pregnancy and related conditions. All pregnancy concerns and pregnancy related absences are coordinated by the Accessibility Services office. You may not anticipate any academic needs associated with your pregnancy, however, your needs may change as your pregnancy progresses. Disclosure of your condition early in the pregnancy will help in making the planning process more proactive. To disclose your pregnancy to ensure proper accommodations and support, please contact Accessibility Services at (541) 440-7900. For additional information related to pregnancy rights and responsibilities please contact Accessibility Services or UCC’s Title IX Coordinator at


Any student who feels they may need an accommodation for any type of disability should contact the Accessibility Services Office in the LaVerne Murphy Campus Center. If you plan to use academic accommodations for this course, please contact your instructor and our office as soon as possible to discuss your needs. Accommodations are not retroactive; they begin when the instructor receives the “Approved Academic Accommodations” letter sent by email. To request academic accommodations for a disability, please contact the Accessibility Services office at (541) 440-7900 or Oregon Relay 1-800-735-2900.


UCC is required by the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, to disclose certain information to enrolled students, prospective students, parents, employees, and others. It is provided on the UCC website


We are committed to your success as UCC students and developing professionals. Please take advantage of the many support centers and programs we provide across campus. The UCC Veterans Center is in ESB 17. TRIO (Transfer Opportunity Program) is in ESB 10 and 15. Career Coaching, Academic Advising, mentoring, tutoring, leadership development opportunities, wellness resources, financial aid, extracurriculars, financial resources, and career exploration is offered by UCC Student Services.


As students, we must remember the importance of taking care of ourselves through stressful times in our own personal lives, and in managing the impact difficult issues may have on us. Here is a sampling of resources available to all students:

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