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NC.BCSK-001 - College Research Skills - Jennifer Thompson

Course:College Research Skills
Professor:Jennifer Thompson
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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Hello and welcome! My name is Jennifer Thompson, and I'm so excited to be your instructor for this class. I have been in the library profession for over a decade, and it brings me so much joy to work with students, helping them find information and hone their research skills.

Course Description

This College Research Skills course explores how to utilize research methodologies to identify, evaluate, and generate relevant and credible library sources.

What to Expect in this Course

This is a 2-week course. Due to the fast-paced nature of this class, students are encouraged and expected to log in regularly to review course content, complete activities, and submit assignments.

In order to receive a Pass for completing this course, participants are encouraged to:

  • Read and/or watch all content
  • Fully participate in discussion boards
  • Complete quizzes and assignments
  • Earn at least 75% of the total points.

Attendance Policy, Non-Participation, and Drops

As this is an online class, we will be using technology extensively. Be prepared to check your email and the Canvas course site regularly, submit typed assignments, and navigate and access materials online frequently.

Attendance is essential to your success in this course. In our online class, your attendance is based on participation and engagement in the discussion boards and completion of assignments. Please log in to the class early and often so that you can stay on top of the assignments and readings during the two-week period. This is particularly important during the first week of class. If you have not logged in or completed the orientation module in the first few days of class, I am required to drop you from the course as a “No Show”.

In the event you stop logging in or submitting assignments by the due dates, that is considered excessive absences in the online environment, and I may need to drop you from the course. By communicating with me early and often, I can make sure you have all the resources you need to complete this course.

Types of Assessments

Consistent participation is measured by completing online coursework and activities (quizzes, discussion posting - initial post and responses, and assignment submissions).

This class is offered as noncredit. All non-credit courses are graded as Pass (P) or No Pass (NP). The grade breakdown for NC.BSK 001 is: • Pass (P) = 75 - 100% • No Pass (NP) = Less than 75%.

Textbook Information

No textbooks are required for this course; however, there are required readings and media available on the Canvas course site.

Other Relevant Course Information

Although there are no live meetings for this class, I will make myself available for questions and/or conversation during Zoom check-ins. These sessions are completely optional; however, if you’d like to dive deeper into a topic or need assistance with something outside the scope of the course then I encourage you to join me for a virtual chat. More information about these Ask-a-Librarian Social Hours will be available on the Canvas course site.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 01/30/2024 Sub#: 1714