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
Workshops A, B, C, D, G, P and W can be completed online.
Workshop A Using library catalogs to find books, eBooks 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 P, and either 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
Library Drop-In Workshop Labs Do you need to complete an online workshop, but would like a little in-person support? These labs let you choose any online workshop. A librarian is on site to help you in a supportive, computer lab environment. Because the workshops take about an hour or so, you must show up at the start of the lab period. You can also drop in for assistance on any research project!
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
- Develop and conduct effective search strategies within online catalogs
- Interpret, locate and retrieve information, whether a book, video, DVD or e-book
- Develop an awareness of the
basic elements of a standardized citation format for a book
- Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and reasons for using periodicals and periodical databases and indexes.
- Develop and conduct effective search strategies for periodical databases
- Interpret screen displays and know how to evaluate and locate complete periodical articles
- Develop an
awareness of the basic elements of a standardized citation format
for an online periodical article
Workshop C - Web Search Techniques
- Demonstrate basic understanding of Web and Internet concepts
- Demonstrate understanding of differences between subject directories and search engines
- Develop and conduct effective search strategies for subject directories and search engines
- Develop an awareness of the basic elements of a
standardized citation format for a webpage or website
- Demonstrate key steps for researching a topic
- Write and refine a research question or thesis statement.
- Research and find at least three good quality sources for specific paper/project
- Prepare MLA or APA formatted
citations for "Works Cited."
Workshop G - Orientation to Library Resources & Services
- Navigate the LLR 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 topic using 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 the concepts of paraphrasing, quoting and summarizing
- Correctly identify citation elements for the purpose of preparing a list of sources in a standardized citation format
- Correctly prepare
in-text (parenthetical) citations
Workshop P Class Outline Powerpoint Presentation
- Demonstrate understanding of when to use subject directories vs. search engines
- Restate a topic into search words and use effective search techniques to focus results
- Evaluate a web page using criteria such as: credibility/authority; accuracy; objectivity/bias; currency.
- Develop an awareness of the
basic elements of a standardized citation format for a webpage or