University Library Learning Outcomes

Research as Inquiry

  1. Approach research as an open-ended and continuous cycle and adjust search strategies and questions as new understandings develop.
  2. Develop research questions that require ongoing reflection, open-mindedness, and sustained attention to conflicting information.
  3. Demonstrate openness to diverse ideas during the research process, seeking multiple perspectives during information gathering and evaluation.

Searching as Strategic Exploration

  1. Create and use effective search strategies to engage in exploratory, inquiry-based research.
  2. Recognize the essential value of attribution to engage ethically and legally in scholarly conversations.
  3. Give credit to the original ideas of others through proper attribution and citation
  4. Explain the role of power and privilege in information production and access.

Information Creation as Process

  1. Explain the distinctive characteristics of different publication types and describe how context and format affect the interpretation and use of content.
  2. Select a source that best meets an information need based on the audience, context, and purpose of various formats.

Authority is Constructed and Contextual

  1. Evaluate information from a variety of perspectives and select the sources whose purpose, authority, and audience are consistent with information needs.

Scholarship as Conversation

  1. Recognize that answering complex research questions requires seeking information from diverse perspectives represented over time and synthesizing conflicting evidence.
  2. Compare traditional channels of information with newer and emerging channels in the context of power, privilege, and participation.


Approved by the Library Faculty Council, December 8th 2023