Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Are You Ready For College Research?

With a new school year brings research projects. If you’re new to CLC or have had issues with research papers in the past there workshops being held at the Grayslake campus in the library beginning in September and ending in November that can help you out.

When I first started doing research papers my professors asked me to get “peer-reviewed articles,” make sure that websites weren’t biased, use appropriate websites and include a works cited page.  After telling me this information they just turned me loose and figured I knew what they were talking about. I didn’t and they weren’t about to hold my hand and teach me something I should have learned before. For the first research paper I went to the library and talked with the librarians who could help me with some of these things but I was still at a loss and didn’t do very well on the first research paper. Why wasn’t Wikipedia a solid resource? I wish they had workshops like they have now.

The workshops will give you the tools I didn’t have when doing that first research paper. All of the workshops are held at the library in room L113 and run about 45-55 minutes.
  • “Welcome to CLC” is going to cover how the library can work for you and when you’re working at 2 am and need help how to get it. (Sep. 24, 25, 26, 28 at 12:15 pm and Sep. 25 and 26 at 5:15 pm).
  • “Research Paper Kung Fu” will help you master the research process and jump start your research. (Oct. 18 at 8 am, Oct. 2, 3, 5,29 at 12:15, Oct. 15, 16, 31 at 5:15 pm and Nov.3 and 14 at 12:15 pm).
  • “Know C.R.A.P!” will give you the tools to avoid websites that give you bad grades (like wiki). C.R.A.P. is a method for evaluating a webpage’s credibility and accuracy.(Oct. 15,16, 31 at 12:15 pm, Oct. 1, 4, 23, 24 at 5:15 pm, and Nov. 8 at 12:15 pm).
  • “Searching the Hidden Web” is geared toward articles for college projects online at the library. This workshop will teach you how to get articles that you cannot access through Google. (Oct. 1, 4, 13, 22, 23, 24, 26 at 12:15 pm, Nov. 6 at 12:15 pm, and Oct. 2,3 at 5:15 pm)
  • “Power Google” will show you advanced techniques for searching Google specifically for college students.  (Oct. 8, 12 at 12:15 pm, Oct 9, 10, 29 at 5:15 pm, and Nov. 1 at 12:15 pm).
  • “Demystifying the Works Cited Page” will finally let you know why Works Cited are required. It will also show you the different citation styles and what to do with them.  (Oct. 9,10 at 12:15 pm, Oct. 8, 11 at 5:15 pm,  Nov. 5, 9, 10 at 12:15 and Nov 6, 7 at 5:15 pm).
  • “Beyond EBSCO” will open up your research world to JSTOR and Lesix-Nexis. The “Hidden Web” workshop would be useful to have previously attended. (Oct. 17, 18, 20, 30 at 12:15 pm and Oct 17, 30 at 5:15 pm).
  • “Research Paper Drop-in Clinic” if you need a little help or a whole lot of help this clinic is open to all students with research paper questions. Both a librarian and a writing coach will be at your disposal. The room on this one is TBD. (Nov 15, 28 at 8 am, Nov. 12, 13, 16, 27, 28, 29 at 12:15 pm, and Nov. 13, 14, 26, 27 at 5:15 pm)


Anonymous said...

simply dropping by to say hello

Anonymous said...

Thanks you so much for taking the time to do this. I have posted information about the library seminars to all of my students on Bb. It is my hope that they take full advantage of this vital service! The CLC library is a treasured jewel in Lake County!

Professor Chandrea T. Hopkins