Research Skills Workshops – Winter 2017

Knowing how to find information efficiently, use it effectively, and evaluate the quality of the information is a major key to success in your university courses and later in your chosen career.  We’ll show you how!

Please note:

 •   You must REGISTER for each session that you plan to attend.  Due to space limitations, unregistered students may not be admitted if the session is full.

•   This schedule is subject to change. Occasionally, we may have to cancel a session or shift dates or times  because of a shortage of classrooms,  labs or instructors.  Please check the schedule before attending a session to confirm that it is being held. We will make every effort to contact you by e-mail if we find it necessary to change or cancel a session.

NOTE TO FACULTY/INSTRUCTORS:  Because of space limitations the following workshops are not designed to accommodate your classes.  To arrange for a course-specific Library Research Skills Workshop please contact your subject librarian.


Navigating the Library’s Electronic Resources

Learn how to use the Library’s extensive collection of electronic databases to find the best and most relevant information available. This is the type of information your professors want you to use in your assignments and essays. Instruction will be given in searching for and retrieving full-text journal articles. The Library’s Search Everything function will also be demonstrated and the differences between Google and the Library’s scholarly sources of information will  be discussed.

This workshop can be used as part of the requirements for the Academic Integrity and Get Clear programs.

January 31    
Tuesday 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. LIB 667A Register
February 15
Wednesday 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. LIB 667A Register
March 16 Thursday 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. LIB 667A Register
April 3
Monday 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. LIB 667A Register

Advanced Library Research Methods/Journal Rankings Deconstructed

NOTE:  This advanced workshop is for 4th year and graduate students only.   Students should  be familiar with database searching techniques before registering  or attend the workshop Navigating the Library’s Electronic Resources in advance.

Take your Library research skills up to the next quantum level. Using threshold concepts, this session will provide a contextual overview of traditional research databases, federated search engines to access the Deep Web, open access portals to mine research depositories, and concrete term searching as an alternative to Boolean.  Since all peer-reviewed journals are not equal but hierarchical, an overview of journal ranking in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities will be presented. Note that familiarity with journal ranking is recommended for graduate students who are planning to complete a thesis or MRP.

This workshop cannot be used as part of the requirements for the Academic Integrity and Get Clear programs.

To be announced

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