Library Research Skills Workshops

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Workshop Information

  • Register for workshops (opens one week beforehand)
  • Workshops are one hour in length.
  • Workshops are held online (Zoom).
  • All include an in-class assignment.
  • Workshops start promptly. We suggest logging in 5 minutes early to make sure your technology is working. Students who are more than 5 minutes late will not be admitted.
  • For attendance, we will notify professors after students successfully attend the workshop and complete the assignment.
  • We strongly encourage you to use a laptop or desktop computer to take the workshop. Completing the workshop assignment on a phone can be challenging.
  • Questions? Call the Reference Desk at (661) 395-4466.

Workshop Topics

Avoiding Plagiarism
Learn the basics of academic integrity and discover constructive shortcuts in education to use instead of resorting to plagiarism! Includes a primer on recent trends in artificial intelligence and ChatGPT.
Evaluating Articles
How to use the DAPPR Test Rubric for Evaluating Sources, focusing on resources and where to find information to evaluate articles from periodicals (newspapers, journals, and magazines).
Evaluating News Sources
An in-depth look at how to evaluate news sources for college-level research. Journalistic standards, misinformation, bias, and propaganda in the news will be examined.
Finding Articles in Periodical Databases
An overview of EBSCO Academic Search Complete, including search techniques for locating and using scholarly articles.
Finding Books and Ebooks
The basics of effectively searching for print books and ebooks and an overview of the features of the library catalog.
Introduction to Evaluating Sources

Learn 3 investigation techniques to help you learn the basics of evaluating sources you find in your research, and lock in your new knowledge with hands-on exercises.

Introduction to Research Sources

An overview of the different types of sources appropriate for college-level research. The information timeline, the difference between popular and scholarly sources, the peer-review process, and an examination of when each type of source can be relevant and trustworthy will be covered.

Research Strategies
Tips for developing a research topic, subject and keyword searching, and search techniques.