Distance Learning

Distance Learning Center

Orientation Details

Online Orientation for LIB -D053.-63Z
(It is highly recommended that you print out this page for future reference.)
Instructor Contact Information
Instructor Alex Swanner
Office Hours By appointment
Office Location LC 145
Office Phone 408-864-8486
Email swanneralex@deanza.edu
Website http://www.deanza.edu/library/libraryclasses.html
A Message from your Instructor
Welcome to LIB 53, Advanced Internet Searching Techniques

Please note: there is no on-campus orientation for this course. Read the information contained on this page, visit and review our class website, and then, unless you have questions, you may begin working on Assignment #1.

Your instructor's name is Alex Swanner (that's me!) In addition to being an instructor, I am also a librarian at De Anza College.

Are you ready to go to the next level with your internet searches? During this class we will look at the Google Advanced Search options. We will also learn about the "invisible web", which is part of the web that is not indexed by general search engines. And finally, as with all the classes I teach, we will spend some time evaluating websites and discovering who is responsible for their content.

  • The class website provides information about assignments, the final exam, and their due dates.

  • Here is a link: Distance Learning Catalyst Website.

  • Log on to the site and then look for our class, LIB 53.

  • Note that I do not drop students. It is the responsibility of each student to either complete the work for this course or to drop the course.

  • There are four assignments and a final for this class.

  • For detailed information, read the section Grading, Assignment Due Dates, and Final Exam Notes located on the class website.

  • I hope you enjoy this course, and contact me whenever you have questions.
  • Hours of Study
    Be prepared to spend a minimum of 1-2 hours hours per week using and studying the course materials.
    How to get started in your course
    Getting Started:
  • Make sure you have your own e-mail address and access to the Internet.

  • Send me a short e-mail introducing yourself. I will send a reply. That way we can test our e-mail connection.

  • Locate our class on the Distance Learning Catalyst Website.

  • Here is a link: Distance Learning Catalyst Website.

  • Look around our class website. Practice using the links.

  • Begin working on Assignment #1.

  • After completing the first assignment, scroll down a bit and find the button Edit my Submission. Open this and you will see an empty white box titled, Submission Box. Write your answers in this box. You may work on this assignment until it is due. At that time, I will read your assignment and post your grade. I will also post a note with feedback for each assignment.

  • Use the same procedure for all four assignments and the final.


  • Distance Learning
    Building: MLC 250
    Email: distance@deanza.edu
    Phone: 408.864.8969
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    Last Updated: 9/5/13