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Information Literacy Pathways for CAS: Pathways: MC Broadcasting

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


The broadcasting curriculum at UAB is designed to educate you through a combination of history, theory, and practice. You will be taught to think critically about human communication while learning to communicate through various types of media —will learn to write, produce, direct, record, and edit digital media through hands-on projects in the field and the studio. As you progress through your studies, you will work on increasingly complicated projects, learning to use more complex production tools and software with the goal of producing captivating stories.

Library Instruction

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

  • 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: Broadcasting

Level One

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

Learning Outcomes

Level Two

Library instruction session for Broadcasting 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 Broadcasting students during their senior year. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ethical behaviors in Broadcasting
  • Illustrate the intersections between fact finding and academic research process


Learning Outcomes

Students who have met the level of research competence expected of the Department Broadcasting 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
  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 Broadcasting faculty. Instructors are encouraged to develop more specific outcomes as necessary.

Communication Liaison Librarian

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