Library Workshops

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Learning to do library and web-based information research is an important part of information competency. These abilities are increasingly important in our networked, information-rich society and can be applied in college work, as well as in one’s personal and professional life.​ The library information skills workshops can be used to help students meet the information competency learning outcomes required by their courses and as part of the CCSF Information Competency graduation requirement.

Faculty members interested in scheduling a customized, librarian-led workshop tailored to your class, please submit this form.

Online Library Research Workshops

The library workshops are now available. They are accessible through Canvas. Students must have activated their RAM ID to access the workshops.

Click on "Start Workshop" button below. You will be asked to enroll in the the Library Skills Workshops (SP 2017) course. Click on "Enroll in Course". Don't worry, it's not a credit course. You just need to enroll to access the workshops.

Available workshops:

  • Understanding Information Types & Formats (prerequisite for Using Library resources)
  • Using Library Resources (formerly Workshop B)
  • Integrating Evidence (MLA) and Avoiding Plagiarism (formerly Workshop P)
  • Integrating Evidence (APA) and Avoiding Plagiarism (formerly Workshop P)
  • Evaluating Information Sources (formerly Workshop W)
  • Research Process Capstone (formerly Workshop D)

Learning Outcomes

Understanding Information Types & Formats

  • Identify at what point in the information cycle a source is created
  • Distinguish between  primary, secondary and tertiary sources
  • Differentiate between scholarly and non-scholarly sources 
  • Determine which information format is appropriate based on the degree of information provided

Using Library Resources (formerly Workshop B)

  • Develop and conduct effective search strategies within library databases
  • Interpret screen displays and filter search results in order to find relevant materials
  • Identify and retrieve relevant information regardless of format type


Integrating Evidence and Avoiding Plagiarism (formerly Workshop P)

  • Recognize plagiarism in its various forms and the consequences of plagiarizing
  • Correctly paraphrase, quote and summarize an original idea from a source using a standard  citation format
  • Correctly identify citation elements for the purpose of preparing a list of sources in a standardized citation format
  • Define copyright and fair use and identify when exceptions can be made

Evaluating Information Sources (formerly Workshop W)

  • Describe how the publication process is a factor in the evaluation process of an information source
  • Understand the difference between information formats, both formal and informal
  • Evaluate a source using criteria such as authority, relevance, objectivity/bias, and currency

Research Process Capstone (formerly Workshop D)

  • Write and refine a research question or thesis statement
  • Identify key concepts and terms in the research question or statement
  • Distinguish different types of sources (popular, scholarly, primary, secondary) and select those appropriate for the information need
  • Apply research skills to find credible sources that are relevant to information need
  • Understand the importance of critically evaluating and crediting other’s research contributions
  • Prepare MLA or APA formatted citations for a bibliography