Lib 10 A: Internet and Web-Based Information Resources

Fall 2010- Course Syllabus

Section #1950 Thursdays 6:00 - 8:50 p.m.; Library room LL-311;   September 2 - October 7, 2010

Instructor: Krista Goguen Librarian, Shatford Library, Pasadena City College

          Office: LL 303, phone: 626-585-7832, e-mail:

          Office Hour:  By appointment   

Reference Desk hours (subject to change): Mondays 2-4 p.m. and Tuesdays 8-10 a.m.

Class Website:

Class Wiki:

Course Description:

Use of the Internet and online resources for academic research. Focus on effective search strategies, resource selection and critical analysis. Includes basic e-mail techniques and creation of a basic web page. Overview of the organization the Internet, web browsers and discussion of the ethical, social, and legal issues of the Internet. Total of 18 hours.

Student Learning Outcomes (goals): Students will be able to:

1. Utilize online research resources and search tools for academic research.

2. Apply effective strategies to select and critically evaluate and cite information found in online resources.

3. Create a basic web page demonstrating ethical use of the Web.

Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:

- Develop and demonstrate technology skills to effectively locate, retrieve and cite information from online sources.

– Use effective strategies for selecting and critically evaluating information for accuracy, authority, completeness, reliability and functionality

– Demonstrate ability to select research resources and search tools for academic research.

– Utilize e-mail and discussion forums for research and formal communication.

– Define and discuss basic ethical, social and legal issues surrounding the use of information and technology.

– Demonstrate ability to design a basic web page.

Course Requirements and policies:

Required Textbook:

Hock, Randolph. The Extreme Searcher’s Internet Handbook: A Guide for the Serious Searcher, 3rd Edition. Medford, NJ: CyberAge Books, 2010.

A copy is available for in-library use in the Textbook Collection call number: ZA4230 .H63 2010

Companion website: (not an E-book)

Assigned reading

in the textbook and online articles complement assignments, lectures and in-class discussion. Readings may be included in class discussion and activities.

Attend classes.
This is a short-term class and each week is important. Points are earned for attendance and class participation. Points may be deducted for arriving late and/or leaving early. Contact the Instructor as soon as possible if you miss a class. NOTE: Pasadena City College policy states you may be dropped if you miss more than one class. If you decide to drop the class, you are responsible for officially withdrawing by the deadline to avoid an “F” grade.

Weekly assignments (100 points) Assignments are due one week after assigned.
This is a transfer-level college course, take the extra time to completely answer questions and proofread your assignments.

Full credit will be given for assignments that are both complete and on time. Assignments can be submitted in print at the beginning of class or by e-mail attachment (before the class meeting). Do not miss class time to complete your assignment! Late assignments will be accepted until 4 p.m. on the following Monday with a 3 point penalty. Incomplete assignments may be re-submitted for additional credit with instructor approval. No assignments will be accepted after Friday October 8.

Grading Policy Grading Scale based on total points= 340 (A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69%, F<59% ).

Attendance and class participation= 90 points (6x15); In-class activities = 50 (5x10); Assignments = 100 (4x25); Webpage Project and Presentation = 50; Final quiz = 50.

Please familiarize yourself with PCC’s "Student Conduct and Academic Honesty" policy (, particularly as it relates to cheating and plagiarism

E-mail, printing, storing files and computer access.

Students will need an e-mail account they check regularly, a USB memory stick (flash drive) and home or campus access to a computer outside of class time. On campus access requires your LancerCard number and/or campus network ID. Some assignments require printed copies. Printout cost 10cents per page in campus computer labs.

Course Outline Weekly Schdule with links to reading and assignments (Subject to change)

Week 1 Course overview and requirements.

Computer lab orientation. Windows and Browser Basics: using Internet Explorer, saving copies ("save as"), locating and opening files, printing tips. Finding information on the Web: Introduction to Web search "tools". Dissecting a web page and understanding URLs. Citing Web resources

Reading Assignment: Textbook: Hock: Introduction (pp xxi-xxvi). Browse Glossary (pp. 287-295). Chapter 1 (pp. 1-19). Chapter 2(pp. 29-44, Summary p. 59). Browse Chapter 2(pp. 45-54) and Chapter 6(159-193) and select and explore 5 specialized directories/sites of interest to you.

Homework: Assignment 1 (handout and on class wiki)

Week 2 Web Research Tools: Web Directories and Search Engines
Discuss assignment 1. Comparing Search tools and directories. Research strategies (search tips, revising a search, advanced search, filters, limiting results, keyword searching vs. categories). Class Wiki. Planning for your webpage. Who Said it?: Citing information from the Web.

Reading Assignment: Hock: Chapters 3 (pp. 61-74) and Chapter 4 (pp. 75-129: Google, Yahoo, Bing and and supplemental reading – listed on class website

Homework: Assignment 2

Week 3 Communicating on the Web: E-mail, Discussion, Blogs; Specialized 'Search Tools'

Discuss Assignment 2. E-mail: e-mail etiquette; attachments. Discussion on the Web: Discussion Lists, Groups, Chat, Newsletters and Blogs. Search strategies: Surf, Search, Select or Go Direct. Specialized Search Tools: maps, news, people locators, yellow pages and wikis. RSS feed. Planning for your Web Page Project: finding your links.

Reading Assignment: Hock: Chapter 5 (pp. 137-157), Chapter 8 (pp. 225-228, 236-241, 244—248) and Supplemental reading (Access on class website): Stone, Brad. "It's Like a Blog, But It's a Wiki." Newsweek. 1 Nov 2004:E24. Proquest. Page, Susan. “Author Of False Wikipedia Biography Apologizes… Says Entries Were Intended As 'A Joke' “USA TODAY FINAL Edition. 12 Dec 2005: A.4. Proquest.

Homework: Assignment 3

Week 4 Web-based Resources, Deep Web, Web 2.0, Images, Evaluating information on the Web.

Discuss assignment 3. Hidden Web/Deep Web. Library web-based subscription databases. Using the 'right tool' for your research: Comparing Web search tools and Library web-based databases (Example: compare Google News to ProQuest). Web 2.0: social networking. Images. Evaluating information on the Internet: How and Why. Planning for your Web Page Project.

Reading Assignment: Hock: Chapter 7 (pp. 195-210), Chapter 10 (pp. 265-273).

Homework: Assignment 4

Week 5 Contributing to the Web. Copyright, Images and Clip Art. Copyright. How the Web Works.

Discuss assignment 4. Web page content and design issues: HTML, Copyright issues, graphics (finding and saving graphics for your web page). Basic HTML. How the web works: files, protocols, servers, access providers, FTP, Telnet

Reading Assignment: Hock: Chapter 1 (pp. 20-27) and Review for the Quiz (study guide)

Homework: Web Page Project

Week 6 Quiz and Present your Web Page to the class

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