UCSP 611: Introduction to Graduate Library Research Skills (0 credits)
(Required within the first 6 credits of graduate study for all new graduate students and all inactive students who reapply for admission.) An overview of online library and information resources material that is critical for 21st-century managers. An in-depth introduction to the library research process and the tools necessary to succeed in graduate study are provided. Emphasis is on the efficient and effective use of a variety of electronic retrieval systems, including the online catalog of the University System of Maryland and affiliated institutions (USMAI), UMUC's subscription databases, and the Web. Discipline-specific research is conducted in order to gain experience in formulating viable research questions, selecting the most appropriate investigative methods and resources for research, locating relevant research materials, evaluating the scholarly value of sources, and effectively citing sources.