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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

 

The Library offers a series of workshops that focus on research. We also offer a general library tour and a new escape room-style activity, the Zombie Outbreak.  

Read more about them below.

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.

See the last page of the workshop calendar for instructions for the on-campus workshops. 

See the online workshop page for information about the online workshops.

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

Need-to-Know

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

How do I sign up for an on-campus session?
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 sessions you are signed up for at any time. You can also print out the confirmation page that appears at the end of the sign-up process.

When are the workshops and tours?
The Fall 2019 schedule is coming soon.

Where are they?
The workshops are in room 238 in the Library.

The tours start at the Library Information Desk.

The Zombie Outbreak starts outside of the Library at the entrance. If it's raining, the Zombie Outbreak will start at the Library Information Desk. 

What should I bring? 
For the workshops, bring something to write with and your research assignment if you have one.

How long are they?
The workshops are 75 minutes.

The tours are 30 minutes.

The Zombie Outbreak is 60 minutes. 

Are they also online?
The Finding and Evaluating Articles workshop and the Finding and Evaluating Books workshop are available online. See the tab about the online version of these workshops for more information