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Information Research & Management (Pending Approval)

ADRS 200/3.0


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Formulate research questions in order to focus information gathering, evaluation, and analysis during an investigation.
  2. Explore a range of information formats and tools in order to approach searching strategically.
  3. Appraise information using specific criteria in order to evaluate its quality, credibility and usefulness in different contexts.
  4. Use a citation management program in order to efficiently collect, organize, cite and share information.
  5. Apply information research skills in order to examine and contribute new ideas or interpretations to public or scholarly conversations.
  6. Reflect on the inquiry and research process in order to develop a critical and systematic approach.


As consumers of information, how do we determine the authority of information that is presented in scholarly communities and in everyday life?  As contributors to the information marketplace, how do we seek out multiple perspectives from quality and reliable sources in order to add to conversations in the academic world, workplace, and community at large in a meaningful way?   

This course targets the development of your information research skills to support the inquiry process in scholarly practice and in daily life. You’ll explore your own personal information-seeking strategies and consider how these patterns are shaped by disciplinary knowledge and also by your own experiences. Visual mapping of search pathways and comparison of advanced search tactics will hone your ability to retrieve relevant resources. Investigation of controversial topics will provide a basis for finding and assessing divergent data and viewpoints. As you navigate this information landscape, you will also evaluate and use tools for tracking, storing, and citing your sources. Considerations around ethical uses of information and academic integrity will form part of our discussions.


  1. Information literacy and inquiry
  2. The information landscape
  3. Organizing and managing information
  4. Formulating research questions
  5. Advanced searching
  6. Evaluating sources of information
  7. Writing for Wikipedia
  8. Discovering grey literature
  9. Bringing integrity to your work
  10. Dissemination


Winter 2018
Course Dates: 
Jan. 8 - Apr. 6, 2018
Exam Dates: 


Mind Map and Flowchart (2)  10%
Citation Management Tools   5%
Comparison Assignment (2)  20%
Formulate Research Questions  10%
Annotated Bibliography  15%
Wikipedia Entry  15%
Response to Article  10%
Final Reflection   5%
Dicussion Forums  10%

**Evaluation Subject to change.**


Professor Corinne Laverty (corinne.laverty@queensu.ca) and Professor Sandra McKeown (sandra.mckeown@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 9-10 hours a week (108-120 hours per term equivalent) in study/reading and online activity for ADRS 200.

Course Resources


SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the onQ site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

  • Laptop or Desktop computer purchased within the last 5 years. (mobile devices are not supported)
  • Windows Vista SP2/Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
  • Up to date versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Please note that Google Chrome is not recommended for use in our courses.
  • Most recent version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash

 See also Getting Started.


The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2017, Fall Term 2017 and Winter Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $666.91; for a 6.0-unit course, $1333.82. See also Tuition and Fees.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point

GPA Calculators
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.

How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
Please follow this link to the FAQ's

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.