Library Credit Courses

Course Descriptions

Library 190: Introduction to Basic Research Skills (1 unit) Transfer Credit: CSU

Library 190 introduces students to the skills of basic researching, including the effective use of library resources and services.  Students learn fundamental techniques for locating, evaluating, and organizing information to be used in research papers, as well as how to correctly format source citations.  Topics covered include:  information cycle and timeline; comparing, contrasting, and selecting library and open web resources; types and characteristics of information sources; effective information research planning; search techniques, evaluation criteria, citation formatting, and plagiarism.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 120 and ESL 151


Library 191: Introduction to Information Competency (2 units) Transfer Credit: CSU, UC

Library 191 is designed to teach and strengthen lifelong research and information competency skills by introducing students to the nature of research and the role of the library in the research process. Students learn the core concepts of information retrieval
and essential techniques for finding, evaluating, analyzing, organizing, and presenting information. The topics covered include: using online catalogs to locate books and other library resources; developing research strategies; exercising critical thinking to evaluate information; applying critical and search techniques to electronic databases; understanding citation formats and using the internet as a research tool. (Revised Dec 2012)

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 101

Note: Students completing Library 191, Library 190, and/or Library 101 will receive a maximum of two units of credit.

Course Syllabi and Schedules

Flier for Spring 2014 LIB 190 Sections

Spring 2014 Class Schedule for both LIB 190 and LIB 191 Sections

Library 190 - Introduction to Basic Research Skills (1 unit)

  Second 8-week class beginning April 22 -  June 11

Ticket Day and Time Room taught in Syllabus Instructor and Contact Info
T 1:40pm - 3:45pm
LB313 SyllabusAdobe PDF document. Acrobat Reader required.

Zohara Kaye
(818) 240-1000 x5576


Course Information for GCC Faculty

Credit Information Competency Instruction

For information about pairing Library 190: Introduction to Basic Research Skills or Library 191: Introduction to Information Competencywith another disciplinary course, please contact Susie Chin, Coordinator and Instructor for the Credit Information Competency Program at or (818) 240-1000 x5759.

To learn more about the history of credit courses at GCC, check out the Overview of GCC's Information Competency Program. To read GCC's research report on how information competency helps improve student success, check out Research on Information Competency @ GCC.

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