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Why take a library workshop?

  • save time and effort on doing your research.
  • get a leg up on doing superior research using scholarly resources.
We use Blackboard Collaborate as our online, live classroom platform. It has text chat, whiteboard, screen sharing and computer audio capabilities for collaboration and communication.


Upcoming Dates & Registration

Winter-Spring 2016 Schedule:

Past sessions (due to privacy and the hands-on nature of sessions, recordings only available to participants):

  • Research Skills 1, Mar. 6 (Sun): : 11:30 am - 1 pm [canceled due to technical issue with Elluminate]
  • Research Skills 2, Mar. 7 (Mon): 6:30 - 8 pm
  • Research Skills 1, Mar. 16 (Wed): : 6:30 - 8 pm
  • Advanced Research for Grad Students, Mar. 21 (Mon): 6:30 - 8 pm
  • Research Skills 2, Mar. 24 (Thu): : 6:30 - 8 pm
  • Research Skills 1, Apr. 7 (Thu): : 6:30 - 8 pm
  • Research Skills 2, Apr. 12 (Tue): : 6:30 - 8 pm

Looking for the Citing Your Sources workshop? It has been replaced by this online Citing Information Sources tutorial which you can work through at your convenience. Need proof that you reviewed the tutorial? Have your tutorial quiz responses sent to your instructor.


Workshops on other academic topics, such as study skills, writing, and more: Academic Support Workshops


Technical Requirements

IMPORTANT: you must successfully complete all technical and set-up requirements below before registering

Minimum Technical Requirements:

  1. Check Compatibility and minimum system requirements (note: microphone or headset NOT required). If you encounter problems, view Common Issues Encountered
  2. Internet connection speed: broadband recommended
  3. Listening options:
    • computer speakers
    • or headphones (microphone optional) or headset
    • or telephone (calling charges from your carrier may apply)
  4. Talking options:
    • computer microphone or headset
    • or no talking (text-chat only): if you do not have a microphone or headset to speak into, you can communicate using text chat only
    • or telephone (calling charges from your carrier may apply)

Set-Up Requirements:

  1. PRIOR to registering make sure your computer works properly with Blackboard Collaborate. Go to the Collaborate Support site (you can do this anytime prior to registering)

NOTE: technical support for Collaborate is NOT provided by the College.

If you encounter a technical problem, go to:

If you need to request accommodations on the basis of a disability, please contact Disability Services @ x2201 or when you register. The library workshops use a combination of visual and audio media that may necessitate the use of accommodations. Requests for accommodations should be submitted as early as possible to allow for sufficient planning. If you have questions, please visit the disability services website ( or contact the office at x2201 or Return to navigation links

    Workshop Descriptions

    a. Research Skills 1:

     You will learn how to:

    • Navigate the Online Library website
    • Brainstorm a manageable research topic
    • Create a search strategy from a research topic
    • What is peer-review?
    • Use powerful search results page options

    How to effectively and efficiently do research, which includes searchable access to millions of full-text journal & newspaper articles and other resources. Ideal for those new to the college, new to using the online library or doing college-level research.

    Note: bring your own research topic to work on.


    b. Research Skills 2:

    [NOTE: Research Skills 2 is designed for those who have already taken Research Skills 1 above. It is highly recommended you take Research Skills 1 before taking this workshop.]

    This session will build on the search skills covered in the first workshop, and discuss other time-saving research skills, such as:

    • Reference mining  
    • How to evaluate information sources to get a sense of their quality
    • Citing basics
    • How to successfully integrate cited sources into your writing (signal phrases and paraphrasing).


    c. Research Skills for Grad Students

    [NOTE: Research Skills for Grad Students is designed specifically for those graduate students with recent experience doing in-depth academic level research. For those without this experience is highly recommended you take Research Skills 1 and 2 before taking this workshop.]

    This session will build on the skills covered in the first two Research Skills workshops, and discuss advanced research concepts, such as:

    • What does Graduate-level research look like?
    • Search basics quick review
    • Literature reviews
    • Finding dissertations & theses
    • Locating statistics and data sets


    Have a suggestion for a workshop topic? Email us your suggestions.

    Subject Guide

    Dana Longley
    Normal Hours
    -Sun: 1-9 pm
    -Mon-Thu: 9am-9pm
    -Fri: 9am-5pm

    Phone: 800-847-3000, ext. 2222.
    or check our knowledgebase or submit a question via online form.