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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Information Literacy at Otis: Learning Outcomes by Level

Foundation Level: Meets Expectation Grade of C

Somewhat effective in defining key research concepts and terms, although some coaching may be required. Goes beyond simple website searches and finds some appropriate sources. Uses at least 2 database articles and/or books and evaluates them satisfactorily according to CRAAP standards as evidenced through annotations for at least 2 sources. Begins to incorporate information into the paper/project and cites most sources with possibly some issues of unintentional plagiarism.
 

Sophomore Level: Meets Expectation Grade of C

Mostly effective in defining key research concepts and terms. Goes beyond simple website searches and finds good substantive sources. Uses at least 3 database articles and/or books and evaluates them well as evidenced through annotations using CRAAP standards for at least 3 sources. Synthesizes information into the paper/project and cites all sources. Includes a Works Cited page. No evidence of plagiarism.

Junior Level: Meets Expectation Grade of C

Effective in defining key research concepts and terms. Goes beyond simple website searches and finds good substantive sources. Uses at least 4 database articles and/or books and evaluates them well as evidenced through annotations using CRAAP standards for at least 4 sources. Synthesizes information into the paper/project and cites all sources. Includes a Works Cited page. No evidence of plagiarism.

Senior Level: Meets Expectation Grade of C

Effectively defines key research concepts and terms. Finds good substantive sources through the databases, interviews, and books in addition to reputable websites. Searches at least 2 different appropriate databases and uses a total of at least 6 good sources. Thoroughly evaluates 5 of them using CRAAP standards. Synthesizes all cited information coherently into the paper/project. Cites all sources and includes an Annotated Bibliography and Works Cited page. No evidence of plagiarism.