UNIV 300 Returns this Fall, Teaching Students to be Selective Researchers

Fire hydrant drinking fountain at MIT Stata Center, Cambridge, Mass. (Photo by Wally Gobetz, courtesy of Flickr)

Lotus Development Corp. founder Mitch Kapor spoke for the majority of uninitiated Web users when he said, “Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.”

Washington State University Libraries and the Office of Undergraduate Education are bringing back a class this fall that will teach university students to moderate that flow of information – and to be more effective researchers in the process.

A one-credit course first offered in 1995, UNIV 300: Accessing Information for Research helps students better understand the modern information landscape, including scholarly communication and the Internet. They learn important concepts and skills related to information access and evaluation, such as advanced database search techniques and choosing sources that are credible, relevant and accurate.

UNIV 300 will be offered Monday and Wednesday mornings Aug. 25-Oct. 15. Priority registration for fall courses begins today (April 14).

For details about the course, read the WSU News article.