Locating and evaluating online information contained in national and international sources on the World Wide Web.
Instructor Information: Pauline Yeckley
In addition to teaching this class I am a librarian at the DeAnza Library. If you have questions about the
class and would like to meet in person, send me an email or telephone call and we can set a time to
meet in the DeAnza Library.
Phone: (408) 864-8303
Office Location: LC-101
Office Hours: Friday afternoons, Library Reference Desk, 12:00 - 4:00 PM
Advisories: EWRT 200 and READ 200 (or LART 200) or ESL 261, 262, and 263.
Students must have their own e-mail account and access to the Internet.
1.Learn to use a library catalog to search for books, electronic books and
2.Practice searching techniques using commercial search engines such as
Google and Yahoo!
3.Gain awareness of noncommercial search tools.
4.Practice using subscription databases to locate journal, magazine, and
5.Gain awareness of using local, national and international newspapers as
6.Learn to read and recognize the necessary elements for citing information
from journals, newspaper articles, and web pages.
7.Develop critical thinking skills that can be applied to evaluating Web pages.
This course has five assignments and a final exam. Answers to the
assignments are short, brief answers to questions involving various websites.
The final exam is also online and involves true/false and multiple choice
Answers to the assignments and the final are submitted within the Catalyst
web based program.
LCEN 50, Introduction to Online Research is an online class. There are no
handouts. Students will go to the De Anza College Catalyst website, enter their
I.D. and look for the course website.
Grades are posted on the class website.
Testing / Grading
There are 5 assignments and a final exam.
There are 5 assignments and a final exam. Each is worth 50 points for a total
of 300 points.
A = 100 - 93% - minimum of 279 points
B = 92 - 85% - minimum of 255 points
C = 84 - 76% - minimum of 228 points
D = 75 - 69% - minimum of 207 points
This is a graded course.
There are five assignments and a final exam for this class. Each assignment has
a due date. These are posted on the class website. The final exam also has a
due date which is the Thursday of finals week. The exact due date is posted on
the class website.
Policy on Copying and Cheating:Students who submit the work of others as their own or cheat on exams or other assignments will receive a failing grade in the course and will be reported to college authorities.
This course utilizes Catalyst, De Anza's Online Learning Community. Please view the Catalyst website at https://catalyst.deanza.edu/
to login. Please note that you will be unable
to login until the first day of class
. Be sure you are using your correct username and password - do not use your social security number or international "99" number. If you need help logging in or finding your
student ID, please view the short instructional video at: https://catalyst.deanza.edu/?pg=mod1
. Additional instructions and assistance can be found on the Catalyst website
De Anza College Library Services are available for all students and faculty, both on and off campus.
Please consult the library website for a complete description of the library services and hours:
De Anza College Library: http://www.deanza.edu/library/
Services of particular interest to off campus students include:
- Access to the Library Catalog
which includes books, DVDs, and course reserves. Here is a link to the library catalog:
- Article Databases and Research Databases The library subscribes to several electronic databases which
provide access to thousands of full-text journals, newspapers, and magazine articles. Research databases
include: LEXIS NEXIS Academic, Encyclopedia Britannica Online and a Practice Test Database which contains
Nursing Exams, TOEFL Preparation, College Entrance Exams, and many more.
To use the article or research databases from an off campus computer, log in with your 14 digit library
number or eight digit student id number. These instructions are repeated on the first page of the library
website along with descriptions of all the online resources provided.