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Book a Librarian for one of the following workshops or talk to us about tailoring a workshop to your students’ needs.

Skills

Website evaluation

A one-hour investigation into what makes a site O.K. to use for academic research papers. We look at 9 critical areas (authority, sponsorship, currency, bias/treatment, accuracy, purpose/audience, workability, coverage and common sense) to synthesize an evaluation of websites. The students are actively engaged in the evaluation process.

Keywording (natural language) vs. Subject Headings (controlled vocabulary)

Like all items in a library, databases are indexed according to controlled language created by Library of Congress called “subject headings.” Keywords, or “natural language,” yields results but students may be missing that perfect article if they neglect to utilize subject headings. Knowing how databases are indexed and how to tap into that controlled vocabulary will help students avoid dead ends in their searches.

Database search strategies

While the interfaces of each database may be different, there are some “givens” upon which all databases operate. Knowing how to effectively utilize truncation, Boolean logic, synonyms and limiters are but a few transferable skills that students can master to maximize relevant search results.

Primary & Secondary Literature

What do these look like in different disciplines? We go over the criteria of what constitutes primary literature, and how to go about searching for primary & secondary research in the databases.

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Subject / Class Specific 

  • Cornerstone
  • Democracy & Justice country study
  • Historiography
  • Identity & Perspectives
  • Neurosciences
  • Psychology- Abnormal/Developmental
  • Question Course
  • Religion

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Tools

Navigation tips and tricks on:

  • JSTOR
  • PubMed / Medline
  • Academic Search Complete and other Ebsco products
  • Google
  • Google Scholar
  • E-Stat
  • Any other subject-specific database; see our list of subscriptions.

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General Interest

Public Performance Rights & Copyright Breakdown

What students and faculty need to know about the changing nature of copyright in Canada - how it affects coursepacks, watching DVDs in class, streaming news clips, etc.

Online Ethics

Many students are producing digital slideshows/videos/photo using social media.  This presentation will focus on how to produce and use digital media responsibly.

How databases work

Discusses “the guts” of a database and why it searches the way it does.

The Ins and Outs of Scholarly Publishing

How does that scholarly article get to your desktop?

Open Access and the Future of Information

Discussion on where information and information access is going in response to technological advances, differing needs of users, use of portals, etc.

One on One Research Help

Book an appointment for a personalized sit-down with a librarian.

Any questions? Contact Kathryn Neeley or Venessa Wallsten.

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