Public Services Librarian for Graduate Education
Office: ERC 1109
Course Description: Do you find yourself drawn to the latest true crime documentary, book, or podcast? Are you intrigued by stories of infamous bad acts and their impact on society? Throughout history people have been captivated by stories of true crime in all formats. This discussion-based course will consider the history and analysis of information creation and use with an emphasis on true crime media and scholarly publishing in all aspects of criminology. Topics will include a history of true crime media, information production and ethics, evaluation of true crime information resources, the 1st Amendment and media regulation, and the movement toward a participatory culture (web sleuthing, etc.). Students will be given an in-depth introduction to the college-level research process, focused on a true crime aspect of their choosing. Students will leave the course comfortable with using library resources and able to excel at college-level research. All majors are encouraged to enroll, and there are no prerequisites.