VCCS Litonline Introduction to Literature
English 112 (English Composition II)
Below is a master list of the objectives
regarding doing research for the various modules in the Litonline webs which support
the major competencies from the list of
competencies generated at the
2003 VCCS May Symposium on Commonwealth Courses. [The link gives
instructions for logging onto Blackboard.]
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Competency 120 [Using Source Materials]: Use appropriate strategies to
write expository essays that employ supporting evidence; use information
from primary and secondary sources; incorporate graphics where
appropriate; anticipate and address readers’ biases and expectations.
Competency 126 [Research Methods]: Understand and
use research methodologies.
127 [Research Process] : Formulate research questions,
refine topics, develop a plan for research and organize what is known
about the topic.
Competency 128 [Research to Form and Support Opinions]: Use research to support and
develop their own opinions, as opposed to simply restating existing
information or opinions.
Competency 129 [When to Use Research]: Identify claims in their
writing that require outside support or verification.
Competency 130 [Variety in Research]:
131 [Research for Support]: Collect information to develop
a topic and support a thesis.
Competency 132 [Primary vs. Secondary]: Distinguish between primary
and secondary sources.
Competency 130 and 133 [Variety of Sources]: Find a variety
of sources and use them properly (130). Use a variety of print or
electronic primary and secondary sources including books, magazines,
newspapers, journals, periodicals and the Internet (133).
Competency 134 [Plagiarism vs. Paraphrasing, Summarizing,
Quoting]: Understand the concept of
plagiarism and how (or why) to avoid it and understand rules for
paraphrasing, summarizing and quoting, as well as conventions for
incorporating information from Internet-based sources in particular.
Competency 105 [Visual Images]:
Read and interpret visual images.
Competency 135 and 137 [Evaluating (Internet) Sources]: Evaluate sources of
information located on the Internet in particular to ascertain their
credibility, origin, potential bias, and overall quality( 135). Evaluate sources critically,
discerning the quality of the materials and qualifying the strength of the
evidence and arguments, as well as determining credibility, identifying
bias and perspective of the author and using prior knowledge of the source
Competency 136 [Incorporating Source Material]: Select relevant sources when
researching topics and appropriately include information from such
sources; logically introduce and incorporate quotations; synthesize
information in a logical sequence; identify different perspectives;
identify complexities and discrepancies in information; and offer support
These objectives in Litonline are related to the competencies