Bakersfield College

Library Research Skills Workshop Descriptions

The Bakersfield College Library offers library research skills workshops on various topics. 

Pre-registration for workshop attendance is required.  You may see the schedule and register here.  Once registered, arrive on time!  If you arrive late, your spot may be give to someone else.  Workshops are held in room Library 217 on the second floor, south side of the library.    


Workshop Information

Workshops are one hour in length.

Workshops are held in L 217 on the second floor of the library.

All include an in-class, hands-on exercise.

Don’t be late - no admission 5 minutes after start time.

Although rare, classes may be cancelled or rescheduled. Check InsideBC for more information or for changes to this schedule or follow the library on Twitter -- @LibraryatBC.

Questions? Call the Reference Desk at 661.395.4466.


Workshop Topics

Strategies for Effective Research
Tips for developing a research topic including how to do subject and keyword searches. This is a good workshop to start with.
Finding Books and Ebooks
The basics of effectively searching for books, e-books, and other library materials and an overview of the features of the library catalog.
Finding Articles in Periodical Databases
An overview of Gale Academic OneFile and EBSCOhost Academic Search Complete, including how to locate scholarly articles and narrow a search to get more relevant information —a must for anyone doing a research paper.
Using Google for Internet Searching
A workshop focusing on advanced search techniques in Google and other web resources to find sources appropriate for academic research.
Avoiding Plagiarism
Examines the legal and ethical issues of information use, including plagiarism, documentation of sources, and copyright.
Evaluating Internet Sources
A review of the five simple steps that can be used to determine the reliability of information found on the web--essential for anyone who intends to use the Internet for research purposes.
Detecting Fake News
An in-depth look at what fake news is, why it has become so prevalent, and how to avoid it. Journalistic standards, bias, and the role of social media in the news will be examined.