Summer 2021, section 1472

Instructor:  Bren Antrim    Email: 

I check email Monday – Friday morning and evening, excepting holidays, via Canvas or direct email

Required: access to internet.

Recommended: experience using MS Word, available for free in the Office 365 suite via SMC at to an external site.


By the end of this class you will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between and use appropriate resources (books, articles, interviews, etc) to successfully research topics.
  2. Evaluate and choose appropriate information sources for different projects.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate proficiency in using information technologies for research.


This course runs for 6 weeks, from 6/21/21 to 7/30/21. If you haven’t taken a course during Summer before, please be aware that it requires you to stay on top of the work, as it goes by very quickly, and with no in-class meetings, it’s up to you to manage your time. This class should take approximately 4 hours per week, including reading and doing assignments.  I’ll unlock each module on Sundays so you all have a chance to get an early start.

If you feel like you’re getting behind, let me know so we can get you caught up again. The first assignments are simple, and there are several due in the first two weeks. As the course continues, the assignments will become more complex. Please be aware of due dates and email me if you have questions. Pay close attention to the grading policy regarding late homework. The work is available before and sometimes after the due date, but to get full credit, it must be turned in by 11:59 pm on the due date.


All the information you need to complete this course successfully is in the Canvas modules. Worksheets are linked in each module, along with short video examples of database searches.

A supplemental OER workbook (Links to an external site.) is also freely available if you would like to read more in-depth on searching and evaluating information on the web.  Some material from this book is adapted into the Canvas modules.


All assignments must be submitted ON TIME for full credit – deadlines will be listed in each , and all assignments will be due by 11:59 pm of the due date.  Exams may be rescheduled only due to illness with a doctor’s note or a previously-arranged religious holiday.  Contact me at the beginning of class if an exam is scheduled on a religious holiday.

  • Chat discussions and check-ins will not be accepted late, as that would impact everyone in the discussion.
  • Exams will not be given after the due date and time.
  • The final project will not be accepted after 7/30/2021.
  • Late worksheets will lose 20% points each day it’s late.  They are 10 points, so
    • 1 day late the maximum points will be 8,
    • 2 days late maximum points will be 6,
    • 3 days late maximum points will be 4,
    • 4 days late maximum points will be 2,
    • 5 days and later, no points will be given
  • NO work will be accepted after 11:59 pm, Friday, 7/30/2021.

Assignments begin to come due by the second day of class, so keep a close eye on due-dates!

The work you’ll be doing:

Participation – Discussions

You will be dropped from the class if you do not participate in required discussions and assignments, beginning in the first week. If you fall behind or cannot meet a due date, let me know in advance. To be fair to everyone in the class, I do not accept late assignments except as noted in this syllabus, nor make-up quizzes/tests except in emergency situations.

We will have weekly check-in discussions due every Monday by 11:59 PM, excepting any Monday holidays.  This is your participation grade, worth 40 points total, and is your chance to check in, follow up feedback, etc.  One missed check-in will be dropped from your grade total.


Ten worksheets exploring databases and web throughout the course.  These worksheets will be evaluated based on using the database appropriately to retrieve information, creating a citation in Modern Language Association (MLA) format, and thinking critically about how you could use the database in future classes.  These worksheets are worth 10 points each.

Video Workshop Response

You’ll view and respond to one of two SMC Library video workshops. This response is worth 10 points.

Cumulative Works Cited

You’ll be creating a Works Cited page in Modern Language Association (MLA) format as your final project.  The worksheets will “build up” to this project, and I’ll be giving you feedback throughout the course so you can “polish” your citations before you create this Works Cited page.  (see this example  download!)

Choose the citations for your final Works Cited from the worksheets you create throughout the class.

Your Works Cited final project must include:

  • 1 SMC Library e-book (no fiction, no textbooks, no children’s books) 
  • 1 Academic Journal article from JSTOR
  • 1 News article from US Newsstream
  • 1 web resource found using Google with the domain limiter
  • 4 articles/sources chosen from any of the other SMC databases covered in this class. DO NOT use more than one citation from each database.

Total = 8 citations = 50 points

Your final Works Cited will be graded on correct citations (40 points) and proper formatting (10 points)

Quizzes and Exams

  • All quiz and exam questions will come from material covered in the Canvas modules.
  • Quizzes and exams are timed.
  • While they’ll be available at any time during a 48 hour period, you will only be able to take the quiz or exam once.
  • All quizzes and tests are OPEN BOOK, which for an Open Education Resource (OER) class, means you should open Canvas in two tabs – one for taking the test, one for access to the modules in Canvas, as it will be your textbook.
  • If you have been approved for testing accommodation by the Center for Student with DisabilitiesLinks to an external site., please check the time before you begin. If you didn’t receive the authorized accommodation, please do not begin your exam/quiz and contact me immediately.


Your final grade is based on the total accumulation of points.  Points are listed along with the grading rubric for each assignment, discussion, project, quiz, or exam.

  • 9 discussions/check-ins x 5 points = 45 points (1 missed check-in allowed)
  • Honor Code assignment = 5 points
  • 10 worksheets x 10 points = 100
  • Video workshop response = 10 points
  • 2 quizzes x 10 points = 20
  • Midterm exam = 30
  • Final exam = 40
  • final Works Cited = 50

Grading Scale

  • 265-300 points = A
  • 230-264 points = B
  • 195-229 points = C
  • 160-194 points = D
  • Below 159 = F

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will retrieve a full-text scholarly article from an appropriate database using appropriate limiters, and
  2. Use electronic resources to find appropriate resources and create a Works Cited in MLA format.

DISCLAIMER Some elements of the syllabus may be changed at the instructor’s discretion. Students will be given at least 48 hours notice of changes whenever possible. If there is any aspect of this syllabus which you do not understand, or to which you take exception, please let the instructor know within the first week of class.