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Library Research Workshops: On Campus Workshops & Tours

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

About the Workshops, Tours, and Zombie Outbreak

Spring 2020 Update

We are offering our workshops online in three ways.

1) All Mt. SAC students can take a live workshop online. Click here to sign up for a workshop. Then watch for an email with information and a link to your online session. We currently have the schedule ready for the week of March 30th. The schedule for the remaining live sessions will be released shortly. 

2) All Mt. SAC students can take a self-paced library workshop in Canvas any time. We currently offer the Finding and Evaluating Articles workshop that you can sign up for right away here. Watch the video on that page for detailed instructions. We are revising the Finding and Evaluating Books workshop to reflect the new library system. It will be ready for you next week or sooner. 

3) Mt. SAC professors can schedule a live session for your classes. We are using ConferZoom. If you're new to ConferZoom, don't worry. We will help you through it. Your class can attend the live session remotely and if you would like, the session can be recorded so you can add it to Canvas.

We may update how we are offering online workshops later, once we see how things are working. Thank you for your patience! 

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

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

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. 

 

Zombie Outbreak

Description

Stop the zombie outbreak on campus by off-roading your introductory library experience. This escape room styled workshop is for the unsure library user who wants an alternative format to identify the basics of what a college library offers. 

Key Topics in this Zombie Outbreak

  • Demonstrate self-awareness of library resources in a fun learning environment.

  • Assess student current research skill-set and build capacity to go beyond information literacy fundamentals to succeed in library workshops.

  • Build purposeful librarian-to-student library research relationships by meeting librarians who want students to succeed.

  • Empower student agency around the academic information competency repertoire through gaming.

Who Should Attend? First-time library users and those with little-to-no previous library research experience/exposure.

Prior experience needed? No prior experience is needed.

Faculty: This is an experiential activity. Research strategies and resources are not the focus of this activity.

Sign Up Now

Login to the online sign up form to sign up for live online workshop. Please confirm your contact info when you sign up so we can send you the link to the session. 

If you would like a self-paced option that you can take any time, see the online workshop page. Self-paced options are available through Canvas. 

Questions? Ask a librarian online.

Need-to-Know

Do I need to sign up for a live online workshop?
Yes. Please confirm that we have your current email address when you sign up so we can send you the link to the session. 

How do I sign up for a live online session?
Use this online form to sign up. Please confirm that we have your current email address when you sign up so we can send you the link to the session. 

How do I attend a live online session?

After you sign up, the professor teaching the session will email you the link to join the live session. When you sign up, you have an opportunity to confirm your phone number and Mt. SAC email address. Please check your email address and add or update it if needed. We need your email address in order to send you the link to the session.  

When are the workshops and tours?
We have the schedule ready for the week of March 30th. Login to the signup form to see the dates/times. Live sessions will be added to the schedule soon. 

Where are they?

The live online workshops are offered online through videoconferencing software. You don't need anything special - just a device, internet connection, and the link to the session. The link will be provided after you sign up. 

For the self-paced online workshops that you can take any time, see this page