100 Information Literacy
1, 1 Fall: Carter, Keene; Spring: Murphy
The purpose of this course is to introduce the resources and services of Penrose Library while helping students feel comfortable and confident in the library. We will focus on developing information literacy skills. These concepts are transferable to any class where you do research at Whitman, and they are integral to lifelong learning. They include: defining the type of resource you need for your research, accessing those resources, evaluating sources critically, formally recognizing the work of others by using appropriate citation style, and understanding intellectual property. Graded credit/no credit. Open to first-and second-year students, others by consent of instructor.
300 Primary Sources Seminar
x, 1 Salrin
This class, principally designed for third-year students, uses archival materials to help students prepare to undertake significant primary source research as part of their senior thesis. The class will be taught in the Whitman College and Northwest Archives and begins with a solid foundation in information literacy skills, especially understanding the nature and use of primary-source materials across the disciplines. The second segment will involve the active use of fully processed collections and discussion of the benefits, challenges, and limitations of using primary-source materials. The third part of the semester will have the students work with minimally processed collections and create scope/content notes, biographical sketches, and other contextual information. By describing and interpreting these collections, the students will learn how primary materials are made available for use, and how their decisions can impact future users. We will use modeling, class presentations, and student-focused discussions to create a working laboratory environment. At the conclusion of the class, students will understand how primary materials are made accessible and used for original research. Graded credit/no credit. Restricted to third-year students.