Library workshops can help student researchers learn how to search effectively and efficiently. Often, students have trouble finding and using relevant sources simply because they don't know how to adapt their strategies to an academic context. Our classes are designed to support course objectives and specific assignments. We can help students become information literate (see our Information Literacy site).
Workshops are usually 50-90 minutes long, and if you'd like, we can separate content into 2 or more sessions in order to build skills and increase retention. We emphasize search methodology and critical thinking, and we include hands-on use of materials as much as possible. We also can create course- or subject-specific research guides. Workshop content can include topics such as a general orientation to the library, advanced and discipline-specific advice, Special Collections and Archives, the research process, source evaluation, or citation tools such as Zotero.
Ask for a research workshop! Your Library Liaison will be glad to work with you.
For regularly scheduled technology workshops, see the ITS On-Campus Workshops page (go-shortcut: go/techworkshops).
We welcome faculty feedback. At the end of each semester, we send a brief survey to all faculty who requested a workshop. We use the findings to help us understand where we're doing well, and where we need to make changes. Please, tell us what you think! Your feedback makes a difference.
Here are a few comments we've received since 2013.
- "My courses continue to benefit greatly from the library research workshops, and thanks for continuing to seek and abide to the needs specific to one course."
- “[The librarian] was warm, funny, and engaging--the interactive tasks she set students to made them work and [think]. I've had students do better, more informed research in the seminar than any other I have taught.”
- “[The librarian] … delivered exactly what she and I determined my students needed.”