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Live, hands-on, online classes given by the college's librarians.

Why take a library workshop?

  • save time and effort on doing your research.
  • use the library more effectively and efficiently.
  • get a leg up on doing superior research using scholarly resources.
  • learn how to use the online library from the comfort of home
We use Blackboard Collaborate as our online, live classroom platform. It has text chat, whiteboard, screensharing and computer headset audio capabilities for collaboration and communication.

Screenshot of Collaborate software

Upcoming Dates & Registration

How to register:

  1. Check that your computer and browser is compatible with the webinar software (failure to do so may prevent your participation)
  2. Check that your computer meets minimum system requirements (ver 12.5) [note: Windows 8 machines using the Internet Explorer browser will not work]. Also helps to know how to copy-paste (view copy-paste tutorial)
  3. Click on the "Register" link next to the date you want, then enter your name and email and choose the date you want to register for from the list. The URL for the workshop will be sent in a reminder email the day of the workshop.

Spring 2015 Schedule: For help, Ask a Librarian

Note: if you encounter problems registering online, send email with details of the error you encountered, the workshop session sign up day and time you want to register for, and your name to: dana.longley@esc.edu

  • Wed, Apr. 15, 6:30 - 8 pm: Research Skills 1 [instructor: Dana Longley]: Register
  • Mon, Apr. 20, 6:30 - 8 pm: Research Skills 2 [instructor: Dana Longley]: Register

Looking for online and in-person workshops on other academic topics, such as study skills, writing, and more? Try Academic Support Workshops

Recent (past) workshops:

  • Tue, Mar. 3, 6:30 - 8 pm: Research Skills 1 [instructor: Dana Longley]
  • Wed, Mar 4, 6:30-8pm: Books, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Multimedia [instructor: Heather Shalhoub]
  • Sun, Mar. 8, 11:30am - 1pm: Research Skills 1 [instructor: Dana Longley]
  • Mon, Mar. 9, 6:30 - 8pm: Citing Your Sources [instructor: Sara Hull]
  • Wed, Mar 11, 6:30-8pm: Citing Your Sources [instructor: Heather Shalhoub]
  • Thu, Mar 12, 6:30 - 8 pm: Research Skills 1 [instructor: Dana Longley]
  • Mon, Mar 23, 6:30 - 8 pm: Research Skills 2 [instructor: Dana Longley
  • Mon, Mar. 30, 6:30 - 8 pm: Research Skills 1 [instructor: Dana Longley]
  • Tue, Apr. 7, 6:30 - 8 pm: Research Skills 1 [instructor: Dana Longley]
  • Mon, Apr. 13, 6:30 - 8 pm: Citing Your Sources [instructor: Sara Hull]

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 Disability.Services@esc.edu) 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 (http://www.esc.edu/disabilityservices) or contact the office at x2201 or disability.services@esc.edu. Return to navigation links

    Workshop Descriptions

    a. Research Skills 1:

     You will learn how to:

    • Brainstorm a managable 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
    • How to successfully integrate sources into your writing (signal phrases and paraphrasing).


    c. Citing Your Sources:  


    • Why cite?
    • What is a citation?
    • Parts of a citation
    • MLA vs APA style
    • Knowing your source
    • Documentation tips

    Learn why citing your sources is so important and where to get citation formatting information for styles such as APA, MLA, etc. Ideal for anyone interested in learning how to avoid accidental plagiarism.

    d. Books, Reference & Multimedia:

    You will learn how to:

    • Use the library e-book catalog  
    • Search the full-text of specific e-book collections 
    • Use annotation, save and print options for e-books 
    • Locate print books (and journals) at nearby libraries using WorldCatSearch
    • Search in our streaming video and image collections

    How to effectively navigate, search and use the college's e-book and multimedia collections and how to locate print books in nearby libraries. Ideal for those new to the college, new to using the online library or doing college-level research.



    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.