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Library & Information Science Courses

LIS 85, 2 Units

Introduction to Information Resources

2 hours lecture per week (Grade or Pass/Not Pass). Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU

Introduction to the basic concepts and tools used in information research: Emphasis on how to develop a research topic, find, locate, evaluate and use information; search strategies for print and online resources including reference books, catalogs, indexes, specialized databases and the Internet.

LIS 511, noncredit

Research Skills I

3 hours lecture total (Pass/Not Pass)

Introduction to research: Information literacy skills, research process, topic selection and development, and overview of appropriate information sources.

LIS 512, noncredit

Research Skills II

3 hours lecture total (Pass/Not Pass)

Continuation of LIS 511: Identifying search terms, locating information sources, and evaluating information sources.

LIS 513, noncredit

Research Skills III

3 hours lecture total (Pass/Not Pass)

Continuation of LIS 512: Presenting research and data, citations, and academic integrity.

Research Skills Certificate of Competency

The certificate of competency in Research Skills is designed to provide students with a foundation in information literacy, critical thinking, ethical use of information, and research. This certificate is intended to improve the research and information literacy skills of students desiring to increase their capacity for pursuing college-level coursework, gaining employment in today’s digital workforce, and community engagement. Students enrolled in the Research Skills program may use the certification as a means of providing college instructors and employers of their ability to find, evaluate, and use credible and relevant information in an ethical manner.

Students are required to complete three courses for a total of nine (9) instructional hours. Each course must be completed with a grade of Pass.


LIS 511    Research Skills I

LIS 512    Research Skills II

LIS 513    Research Skills III

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply information literacy skills to academic, professional, and personal life
  • Complete a basic research project from topic development to information source selection, evaluation, and citation
  • Analyze, synthesize, and apply information practically and ethically


(Source: 2022-2023 Berkeley City College Catalog)