Bakersfield College

Library Research Skills Workshop Descriptions

The Bakersfield College Library offers research skills workshops for students.

Workshop attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no pre-registration. For all workshops, students should form a line outside the door to L217 on the second floor, south side of the library.  For especially popular workshops (those on Fridays, Saturdays, and those during the last few weeks of workshops), we often have to turn students away and may even begin the workshop early if it has reached capacity, so arrive early to get in line.  Also, we will tweet if the workshops are full on Friday and Saturday!  Follow @LibraryatBC on Twitter to get these updates.

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.
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