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Library Research Workshops: On Campus Workshops & Tours

Library Workshop program descriptions, schedule, and online sign-up form.

About the General Workshops & Tours

 

Sign up for one of our on campus workshops! All workshops are 75 minutes long.

Read more about these workshops:

The library also offers a general tour of the library.  Library tours are approximately 30 minutes long. Read more about the library tours.

Developing Research Topics

Key Topics in this Workshop:

  • Find reliable overviews and background information
  • Narrow or broaden research topics
  • Develop focused research questions or statements

Who should attend? Students who need to develop a research topic for an assignment or want to learn how to do so.

Prior experience needed? No prior experience is needed. 

TIP: It is more helpful to attend this workshop while you are still in the topic development phase of the research process.

Finding and Evaluating Books for College Research

Key Topics in this Workshop

  • Search for books by topic, title, or author
  • Access  Mt. SAC Library ebooks
  • Locate books in the library
  • Evaluate books to determine if they are appropriate for college-level research
Who should attend? Students who want to learn how to find books appropriate for college level research.
students in stacks

Prior experience needed? No prior experience is needed.

TIP: You can use your own research topic during the online catalog searching exercises in this workshop.

Finding and Evaluating Articles for College Research

Key Topics in this Workshop

  • Use a general article database to search for scholarly and non-scholarly articles
  • Discover and use effective search terms
  • Use search techniques to narrow results
  • Evaluate and troubleshoot search results
  • Distinguish between scholarly and non-scholarly articles

Who should attend? Students who want to learn research techniques and strategies for finding articles. You will use a general article database useful for many different types of research topics in this workshop.

Prior experience needed? No prior experience is needed. 

TIP: You can use your own research topic for several of the research activities in this workshop.

Evaluating Websites

Key Topics in this Workshop

  • Analyze websites to determine how well they meet evaluation criteria
  • Compare websites to determine which are more reliable

Who should attend? Students who want to learn a step-by-step method of evaluating websites.

Prior experience needed? No prior experience is needed.

Some example websites that we might evaluate:

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Sixties:  A) Flower Power and  B) The Psychedelic '60s

Climate Change: A) Climate Change Myths and B) Climate Change and Health 

Salem Witch Trials: A) Salem Witch Trials: Documentary Archive and Transcription Project and B) Salem Witch Trials

 

Library Tour

Key Topics in this Tour

  • Library services and collections 
  • Library technology 
  • Library policies

Who should attend? Students who are interested in learning about the Library's services, collections, technology, and policies. The tour is approximately 30 minutes long. 

Prior experience needed? No prior experience is needed. This tour is intended for anyone unfamiliar with the Library.

TIP: It is good to attend this tour at any time, but best if you take it early in the semester.

Faculty: This is a general tour of the library. Research strategies and instruction on finding and evaluating sources are not covered in this tour. 

 

Sign Up Now

Login to the online sign up form to sign up.

See a web guide on how to sign up for a workshop.

Stop by the library Information Desk or call 909.274.4289 if you have questions.

Need-to-Know

Do I need to sign up?
Yes, if you want a guaranteed spot. Drop-in students are welcome, but priority is given to students registered for the workshop or tour.

How do I sign up?
Use this online form to sign up

Will I receive an email confirming my reservation? 
No. However, you will receive a reminder phone call and you can login and click on "view or cancel appointments" to see which workshops you are signed up for at anytime. You can also print out the confirmation page that appears at the end of the workshop sign-up process.

When are the workshops?
See the Fall 2017 workshop schedule

Where are the workshops?
Library, room 238.

What should I bring? 
Bring something to write with and your research assignment if you have one.

How long are the workshops?
75 minutes.

How long is the tour? 
30 minutes.