Welcome to Library Essentials, a collection of workshops for English 100 sections (including 100A, 190, and ELI 100) that introduce students to basic library services and resources, print and digital. The workshops are designed to help English instructors address the Written Communication (FW) "information literacy" requirement of their courses. The Library Essentials workshops are scheduled during regular class time and meet in Hamilton Library classrooms to provide students hands-on instruction on computer workstations. The 2013 - 2014 Library Essentials Program includes a menu of six workshops. Instructors can register a course for a maximum of three programs.

Workshop Descriptions

Basic Resources
This workshop introduces students to basic library resources enabling them to find books and journal articles for their research papers.

Evaluating Sources for Academic Writing
This session introduces students to the types of sources that are appropriate for academic writing. Students will conduct searches and then identify and justify why the sources they have chosen are credible and appropriate to use in academic arguments.

Improving Internet Searching
This session presents students with tools and strategies to search the Internet more quickly and effectively.

Formulating a Research Question
This session discusses the process of developing a general topic into a working research question. After formulating a research question, students will begin researching their question in several library databases. Note, your class must have a research assignment to register for this class and students must come with research topics.

Using Information Ethically
This session focuses on using information ethically. Students perform several exercises that help them consider their rights and responsibilities when using social technology, privacy expectations, plagiarism, copyright, and intellectual property in multiple contexts: academic, professional and everyday life.

Hit the Books! - Reading for College & Life
This session stresses the importance of reading in student success as well as everyday life. Students are introduced to techniques that promote critical reading as well as apps and databases that encourage leisure reading.

Request a Workshop

To request a workshop, fill out the form below. You will receive a reply either confirming your request or informing you that the date/time you requested was not available. If the time is not available, you will have an opportunity to request alternate times. Although we will try to honor your request, please understand that teaching space and staffing in the library is extremely limited and fills up fast throughout the semester.

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Instructors can register a course for a maximum of three programs.

Form revised: 2013-12-11