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LIS 1111 - Research Skills

This LibGuide is for students in the LIS 1111 class.


Plagiarism is the technical term for stealing someone else's intellectual property. By copying and pasting and not giving credit to the author, you are committing plagiarism because you are stealing and passing someone else's work as your own. If something is considered "common knowledge" it does not need to be cited. Common knowledge refers to information that is readily available from a number of sources, or so well-known that its sources do not have to be cited. If you are not sure if something is common knowledge, or if it should be cited, then cite. Better safe than sorry!

Higher education institutions take this offense very seriously. Read OCCC's Policy No. 4016, Academic Integrity to see what happens if you commit plagiarism at OCCC. 

AI and ChatGPT

AI (Artificial Intelligence) is a broad field of computer science that focuses on creating computer systems capable of performing tasks that typically require human intelligence. This includes tasks like understanding natural language, recognizing patterns in data, making decisions, and solving complex problems. AI systems are designed to learn from data and improve their performance over time, often utilizing techniques like machine learning and deep learning.

ChatGPT is a specific AI model developed by OpenAI. It belongs to the GPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) family, which excels in natural language understanding and generation. ChatGPT is tailored for text-based conversations and is trained on vast amounts of text from the internet. It can understand and generate human-like responses to a wide range of queries and prompts.

Applications of ChatGPT include chatbots, virtual assistants, content creation, and more. It can answer questions, explain concepts, and assist with writing and content generation. While ChatGPT's capabilities are impressive, it's important to note that its responses are generated based on patterns in the data it was trained on, and it may not always provide entirely accurate or contextually appropriate responses. Responsible and ethical use of AI, including models like ChatGPT, is essential to address potential issues related to bias, privacy, and transparency in AI applications.

- Definition generated by ChatGPT-3.5

Information Literacy

After reviewing the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, you will find that the five standards break down as the following:

  1. Know and understand what information you need.
  2. Find the information.
  3. Critically evaluate the information you have found.
  4. Effectively use the information you have found and evaluated.
  5. Understand how to properly use the information.

Your assignment this week in Moodle is to describe a scenario when you've needed information, this could be personal or academic related. Before you do your assignment, be sure to read the Information Literacy Standards below so you understand each standard and what falls into each standard.


Copyright is the legal right to reproduce, publish, and sell intellectual property. Authors are the only people who have the right to publish and sell their work. Copyright laws protect the owners from loss of potential income. The links below can offer additional information on copyright.

Citation Styles

A citation is how you tell your readers that certain material in your work came from another source. It also tells your readers exactly where they can read the source. For this course, we will be using MLA style citations.

This Week's Assignments

This week you will be required to complete forum postings and the Information Literacy Exercise. Go to Moodle for details and assignment due dates.