Research and Web 2.0 Workshops

Research Workshops

Whether it’s learning how to start the research process, knowing how to think critically, the importance of citing sources, or how to use one of our many databases, students will be able to drop by any of these free workshops and gain the skills they need to be successful with their assignments.

Below is a description of the workshops along with their dates and times. Except as noted, the research workshops are held in the Signal Peak Campus Library. 

If you would like to attend a workshop but you are not able to make it to one of the scheduled times, please let us know and we'd be happy to schedule a session at your time and location.

The Secrets of Google - Google is the go-to search engine for most people, but do you know how it actually works? Can you get the most out it with advanced searching and shortcuts? How do you know if what you turn up in a Google search is worth anything? When is it best to use Google, and when is it better to turn to another search engine or database? This workshop will help you get more and better results out of Google.

Not currently scheduled.

Career and Resume Resources at the Library - In the first part of the workshop, students will learn about career resources available in the library. These include access to detailed job descriptions, career assessment tests, and books on resume writing. The second part of the workshop will show students how to find and use Word templates for resume-writing, and provide them with tips for building an effective, professional resume.

Not currently scheduled.

Research Strategies 101 – In this workshop we’ll explore how to break a student’s thesis statement into search concepts that they can then string together into an advanced research strategy. Students will learn how and when to use “AND” and “OR” to narrow and broaden their searches, how to effectively use wildcard functions, and critically evaluate the information that they find to determine if it effectively addresses their research question.

Not currently scheduled.

What Makes a Good Website? – Students will gain an understanding of the differences between the information they find using library subscription databases and websites found through an internet search engine. Then, using five standard evaluative criteria, students will learn how to determine if the websites they find are credible and accurate.

Not currently scheduled.

APA Citations - Find out why citations are important, then learn how to build APA citations for a Reference list.

Not currently scheduled.

MLA Citations – Students often have difficulty understanding why and when they need to cite their resources. This workshop will help them understand the importance of citations and how to follow the MLA citation style.

Not currently scheduled.

Jumpstart Your Research Process – This workshop will help students understand the different benefits of the types of information resources that the CAC libraries make available-print, online, and multimedia, in addition to differentiating these resources from non-library internet web sources. They’ll also learn about coming up with keywords, the difference between keywords and subjects, and identifying scholarly resources.

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 12pm at the San Tan Campus Library

Picking the Right Databases - Students will learn that certain databases fit a research topic better than others.  This workshop will help you determine which of the library's databases will be the most useful for your particular research topic.  We will look at analyzing a database's usefulness by the subjects it covers and by the type of material it provides.

Not currently scheduled

Intro to the Library – Using a self-guided scavenger hunt, students will learn what types of resources they can find in the library, how to find them, and how to get help from the librarians when they need it.

 Self-guided – anytime during the semester

The “How to Use” Series
In this series of workshops, students will learn how to effectively use the various online information resources that are available through the library. Students will learn about the types of information that can be found within library resources, and how to perform different types of searches for information, locate and check out books, and save and print articles.

Finding Articles and eBooks

Not currently scheduled.

Searching the Catalog

Not currently scheduled.

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