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Information Literacy Pathways for CAS: Pathways: MC Journalism

This research guide outlines the instructional support provided by UAB librarians regarding a variety of subject areas.


The Mass Communication concentration allows students to specialize in journalism, broadcasting, or public relations. Minors are available in Mass Communication. A Minor is required for a degree in Mass Communication. Students in broadcasting prepare for professional careers in digital media, television production, news operations, or management. In addition to skills courses, students are given a strong theoretical foundation designed for both the media professional and the potential graduate student in mass communication.

Library Instruction

The UAB Library Research & Instruction program is committed to providing the following support to the Department of Journalism:

  • Library Instruction is available to any instructor that has an identifiable need for research support in his or her communication course.
  • Research consultations are available to all Communication students by request


Before, during or after students’ library instruction, the librarian will distribute a pre-assessment to determine how well students have retained the objectives from the previous library instruction.

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At the end of each semester the Mass Communications Librarian will distribute a survey to every participating faculty member to determine faculty perceptions of student research skills.

Information Skills Pathway: Journalism

Level One

Library instruction session for Journalism students during their freshman/sophomore year. 

Learning Outcomes

Level Two

Library instruction session for Journalism students during their junior year. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify databases most relevant to research
  • Finding political resources – local, state, national, international
    • Evaluating resources
  • Identify media writing resources

Level Three

Library instruction session for Journalism students during their senior year. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ethical behaviors in Journalism
    • Identify the differences between copyright, fair use and open-source resources
  • Identifying reliable sources


Learning Outcomes

Students who have met the level of research competence expected of the Department of Journalism will be able to:

  1. Identify specific information needs.
  2. Identify how to narrow or broaden their topic.
  3. Identify appropriate keywords pertaining to their research questions.
  4. Evaluate local, state, national and international political resources for student’s research need 
  5. Recognize reliable and non-reliable resources 
  6. Demonstrate ethical reporting and research gathering.

These learning outcomes represent only the minimum expectations of research skills for Broadcasting majors and do not supplant any expectations made by Journalism faculty. Instructors are encouraged to develop more specific outcomes as necessary.

Communication Liaison Librarian

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