LIB200: Advanced Research

Interested in learning more about research methods in your major? Getting ready to work on an honors thesis? Thinking about going on to graduate school after you leave Wake Forest? ZSR’s advanced research courses could work for you!

Our LIB200 series offers both research methods and historical topics courses. The research methods courses provide instruction in advanced research techniques and resources that are specific to a particular discipline, while the historical topics course looks at the history and development of the book since 1400.

These 1.5 credit courses are open to declared majors and minors in appropriate departments. For current course offerings, please consult WIN under the subject “Library Science.”

Research Methods

LIB210: Social Science Research Sources & Strategies

This half-semester course provides students with an understanding of the sources and strategies necessary for doing research in the Social Sciences (Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Education, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies). In this course, students learn to design an effective research process for the Social Sciences, including crafting a research question, selecting search terms and applying advanced searching techniques in a variety of environments. Students also learn about the various disciplines of the Social Sciences, the interdisciplinarity of the Social Sciences and learn to recognize the various disciplines in any given topic within the Social Sciences. Additionally, students begin to participate in scholarly discussion of their discipline and gain a broad understanding of a wide variety of information sources and source types when doing Social Science research. Lastly, students become proficient in the use the APA citation style and citation management software.

LIB220: Science Research Sources & Strategies

This half-semester course provides students with an understanding of the sources and strategies necessary for doing research in the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, and health and exercise science). Students learn about the process by which various forms of scientific information and literature are created and distributed. Students also learn to compose a research inquiry, refine the scope of the question, and create an advanced research strategy for finding relevant scholarly articles in science databases. In addition, students learn how ethical, legal, and socioeconomic factors influence scientific information production and dissemination. Lastly, students will become proficient in the use of the American Medical Association (AMA) citation style and citation management software.This class is recommended for any science major or minor or Pre-Health or Pre-Allied Health student, especially any who may not have an extensive research background. No more than 3 hours from LIB classes can be counted toward graduation. P—Major or minor in science discipline or POI.

LIB230: Business & Accounting Research Sources & Strategies

In this half-semester course students will develop a conceptual understanding of and practical expertise in the use of business information resources. Using class discussion, in-class exercises and other assignments, students will learn how to research companies, industries and markets. Students will learn to use subscription-based databases as well as government websites and free internet resources to find information in various formats, including articles, financial and statistical data, and reports. Students will benefit from this class by learning business research skills that will help them to:

  1. Conduct better research for assignments in other classes.
  2. Prepare more thoroughly for job interviews.
  3. Perform more effectively in the workplace.

LIB235: Research Methods for Entrepreneurs

LIB235 Research Methods for Entrepreneurs will prepare students to write important sections of a business plan. Students will learn how to locate and use library databases and other resources to research an industry, a company and a consumer market.

These skills will be useful to students for:

  • Writing a business plan
  • Preparing for an interview
  • Investigating a competitor or supplier

Historical Topics

LIB260: History of the Book, 1400-2000

LIB 260 introduces students to issues in the history of material texts in the West, from early modern manuscript culture through the beginnings of the digital age. Using materials from ZSR Library’s Rare Books Collection, students study books as material artifacts, as vehicles for text, and as social constructs. Class assignments may include research projects, brief response essays, and descriptive bibliographies, in addition to hands-on typesetting, printing, and bookbinding projects. Note: this class meets once weekly for the entire semester.

Topics in Research

LIB290A: Exploring Primary Sources – An Introduction to Their Use in Research

This library course on primary sources is a research methods class for history and other liberal arts majors. The course will focus on building basic skills for conducting historical research and includes guidance on locating, utilizing, and evaluating sources. Students will explore both primary sources (in both analog and digital form, such as diaries, letters, newspaper articles, photographs, government documents, and first hand accounts) and secondary materials (such as books and articles written by historians and devoted to the analysis and interpretation of historical events and evidence).

LIB290: Introduction to Data Visualization

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LIB290: Book Publishing – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

This 15-week, 1.5 credit course will explore the “past, present, and future perfect tenses” of the publishing landscape. This course will introduce you to multiple aspects of book publishing as you pitch, format, design, market, and “publish” your own book idea. All students interested in the intersection of books, technology, commerce, and writing will find this course a fascinating exploration of the massive shifts currently underway in the publishing world. We’ll laugh, we’ll cry, we’ll publish some books!

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