Solano College Library
What is LR10?
The proper title of the course is "Introduction to Library Research and Information Competency." Really, this class is about knowing where to find information (Google is a start but there is more...), how to access information (it isn't all for free), and how to tell if the information you are using is good, bad, or ugly (now where does Wikipedia fall?) For specifics, read the formal course description.
Do I have to take LR10?
Every student enrolled in an ENG1 course must be concurrently enrolled in an LR10. If you have previously taken LR10 before and received a passing grade, you do not need to re-take it.
Why is LR10 co-requisite of English 1?
Writing a research paper is a required assignment in English 1. As our access to information grows, strong information competency skills become more critical. At one time, information competency skills were about knowing how get information out of a few sources physically at hand. Today, these skills are about finding valid and relevant information sources in the flood of electronic information available. It is our belief (the librarians and English faculty) that the pairing of these two courses will improve your rates of success, help you to complete your courses, and teach you skills that will apply to your college career and your life.
Think of it this way:
Yes... you are going to spend somewhere around 36 hours completing this course. However, every hour you spend in this course will save you an hour on your next and future research projects. No longer will you tell your instructor: "I cannot find anything on this topic."
With the exception of a few sections, LR10 is offered online. Don't panic! There are many face-to-face opportunities for LR 10 students to get help including the library reference desk, drop-in hours, and face-to-face workshops.
Your Librarian Instructor
Get in touch with your instructor. Use the Q&A in your online course to ask questions. Send you instructor an email. FYI: Your English instructor is not responsible for LR10 course material; give her/him a break and go talk to a librarian!
The librarians will hold special drop-in hours for face to face help. These drop-in hours will be available at the Fairfield Campus as well as the Vacaville and Vallejo Centers. Dates and times will be announced at the start of the semester.
The Fairfield Campus Library's Reference Desk
As is the case with any SCC course, the Reference Librarians are available to help you with your coursework. Feel free to drop by during open Library hours.
The course is 16 weeks long during Fall & Spring semesters, and is usually offered during the Summer as a 6 or 8 week course.
The idea here is that you will finish your coursework in LR10 just as you start your research paper in English 1. If your English instructor has integrated the research component, your final project in LR10 will complete the research portion of your English 1 Research Paper.
How to Log-on To LR10
First things first: Your class will not be available until the start of the semester. If you log in early, your online classroom may be "in process". Please wait until the first day of classes before you contact your instructor about course content.
Read & follow the instructions on the SOLANOnline log-in page. The most up-to-date instructions and information for logging in will be posted there.
Don't have a computer?
No problem. The library has 60 PCs you can use to complete your course work during open hours. There are several other computer labs available on every SCC campus.