Catalogue 2018 - 2019

LA 278 Guided Research Strategies for Thesis and Project Writers


1 cr.


Recommended for sophomores and above. Target audience is sophomores working on faculty research, first semester seniors, and second semester juniors who will be completing a senior thesis, capstone project, or an independent research project. May be repeated once for credit.

Course Description

This course guides students through the research process for thesis or in-depth written projects.  Building on the first-year introductions to information literacy, this class extends students’ information research skills to more advanced, discipline-specific techniques and tools.  Beginning with their own topics, students learn to form research questions or problems, develop strategies for discovering authoritative information, and the effective and ethical use of sources.  Students have ample time for hands-on research pertinent to their project, with immediate guidance and feedback from the instructor.  The course meets in a computer lab.  Students are encouraged to have a research topic before beginning this course.


in the spring.