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Library Instruction & Workshops

Information about the Library's non-credit workshops

Introduction to the Library

  • Video introduction to GCC Library’s resources and services, followed by listening comprehension questions and discussion
  • Guided practice using GCC Library’s online catalog and one of the article databases
  • Glossary of library and research terms

The Research Process

  • Students conduct a guided PREsearch for background information on a given topic
  • Develop a focused research question
  • Identify effective search terms
  • Guided search of relevant library databases and evaluation of the results

Using Library Catalogs

  • Define library catalog as an information resource for locating books and other library materials—print and digital
  • Guided exploration and comparison of multiple library catalogs: GCC, LAPL, PCC & CSULA

Using Library Databases

  • Identify appropriate library databases for a given research topic
  • Develop research skills by exploring basic and advanced search techniques in multiple library databases
  • Explore and work with database features to organize and manage information

Evaluating Sources

  • Define evaluation criteria: authority, purpose/bias, currency, and objectivity
  • Practice application of these criteria by comparing and assessing multiple information resources

Citing in MLA Style, 8th edition

  • Learn the basics of in-text citation by practicing with guided examples
  • Learn the basics of the core elements of citations for the Works Cited page
  • Using a guided template, identify core elements of a given source and create a citation for it

Using Information Ethically

  • Students will develop strategies for using information ethically
    • Understand the basic issues of intellectual property and plagiarism
    • Cite all sources appropriately in text.

Credible Source Types

  • Understand the information cycle
  • Differentiate among various types of information sources
  • Apply evaluation criteria to determine if a source is credible

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