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
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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.