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Introduction to Research
Learn how to use the Polaris Online Library System (POLS) and LINK+ to find a book and other library materials, order materials through inter-library loan, as well as gain an understanding of information sources found in the reference section of the library. Students are introduced to general encyclopedias and subject-specific encyclopedias to gain background information as well as how to use a book index effectively.
Online Databases: Powerful Tools You'll Want to Know About -Learn to differentiate between general databases and subject-specific databases for their information need(s). In addition, we will cover article abstracts versus full-text articles as well as the difference between scholarly and popular sources of information.
Citing Your Sources- Avoid plagiarism using these well-known methods of incorporating others' work into your own writing: direct quoting and paraphrasing. Parenthetical (in-text) citation is discussed using MLA format.
5 Best Study Strategies - Learn the five proven study strategies that every student
should know and use to maximize their retention of
A Day in the Archives: Making History Come Alive
In this workshop, held in the library’s special collection
room, students will explore the many resources that
support local and California history research.
Note-Taking - In this workshop, we will break down the process of notetaking into discrete steps in order to increase your ability to
capture and use your class notes most effectively.
Connecting the Dots -
Discovering evidence for your research paper can be
thrilling. Learn how to trace a lead to other sources on a
variety of platforms. Imagine finding a chapter in a book,
moving to a scholarly journal article, then following up with
a documentary film with transcript and finally nailing down
the statistics on a government report.
Immunize Yourself from Fake News - Learn how to spot suspicious news stories on the web and
how to use specific techniques for verifying the accuracy
and truthfulness of online information.