Library Workshops

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Learning to do library and web-based information research, also called information competency, is important for college work and for life-long learning. 

Library Research Workshops, Online and In-Class

Library Research Workshops - Workshops A, B, C, G,  P and W are offered online in addition to the 7 drop-in workshops held in Rosenberg, room 414. See the schedule of dates and times.

Workshop A Using library catalogs to find books, e-books and other library materials

Workshop B Finding journal, magazine and newspaper articles in periodical databases

Workshop C Advanced web search techniques and web search tools like subject directories

Workshop D The research process. For students doing research assignments. Workshop B and C or W are prerequisites

Workshop G Orientation to library services and resources, as well as other CCSF student services. Essential for new students

Workshop P Citing sources of information for a "Works Cited" (MLA) or "Reference List" (APA) to avoid plagiarizing

Workshop W Evaluating sources, particularly from the Web, to ensure good quality information. Review of search strategy techniques


Workshop A - Finding Books and Other Materials Online

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe and contrast the benefits of using online catalogs to find materials in relation to other online search tools.
  • Practice doing several different types of online catalog searches, using CityCat.
  • Know how to interpret the catalog screens and obtain books, e-books, and audio-visual materials.
  • Develop an awareness of the basic elements of a standardized citation format (MLA) for a book.

Workshop B - Using Databases to Find Periodical Articles

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and reasons for using periodicals and periodical databases and indexes.
  • Access and search several periodical databases.
  • Interpret the screen displays and know how to obtain the complete periodical articles, regardless of format or location.
  • Develop an awareness of the basic elements of a standardized citation format (MLA) for an online periodical article.

Workshop C - Web Search Techniques

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate basic understanding of concepts relating to the Web (e.g. browser, invisible web, URL, etc.).
  • Demonstrate understanding of components of URL and how to use it as part of evaluating a webpage/website.
  • Demonstrate understanding of differences between subject directories and search engines and conduct effective searches in both.
  • Develop an awareness of the basic elements of a standardized citation format (MLA) for a webpage.

Workshop D - Research Paper Process

Learning Outcomes

  • Practice key steps for researching a topic.
  • Write and refine a research question or thesis statement.
  • Do the research to find at least three good quality sources for specific paper/project.
  • Increase understanding of how to avoid plagiarizing.
  • Prepare MLA or APA formatted citations for "Works Cited."

Workshop G - Orientation to Library Resources & Services

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore in-depth the Library website to increase awareness of the variety of on-site and online services and resources.
  • Find a textbook on reserve and a book on a subject using CityCat, the online catalog.
  • Identify campus student support services and programs.

Workshop P - Citing Sources Responsibly

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize plagiarism in its various forms and the consequences of plagiarizing.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of paraphrasing, quoting and summarizing.
  • Prepare in-text and full citations for a "Works Cited/References" list.

Workshop P Class Outline            Powerpoint Presentation

Workshop W - Web Research & Evaluation

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding of when to use subject directories vs. search engines.
  • Restate a topic into search words, using effective search techniques to focus results.
  • Demonstrate ability to evaluate Web pages so better quality sources are used.
  • Prepare a MLA citation for a basic Web page.