IS 501 Reference and Information Services

Explores reference and information services in a variety of settings, introduces widely used print and online sources, and develops question negotiation skills and search strategies.

Learning objectives

  • Describe, compare and evaluate different types of electronic & print information sources and use selected examples.
  • Understand and apply techniques of question negotiation.
  • Analyze an information need and identify types of sources likely to meet that need.
  • Develop and apply appropriate search strategies for information retrieval.
  • Be able to comprehend and discuss reference services and issues within the context of different types of libraries and information centers.

Recent syllabus

Textbooks and Course Materials

Available from the Illinois Union Bookstore (IUB).