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Library

Library Instructional Services

 


Library Instruction

The Library offers several different instruction options which are described below.

Class-Specific Instruction

Class-specific orientations are research workshops provided by CRC librarians that are tailored to the specific research needs of individual classes.  They are scheduled during your regular class time. Each workshop aims to provide students with basic library research skills.

Orientation requests: Instructors may request Class-Specific Orientations by emailing Rochelle Perez at perezr@crc.losrios.edu. Please include the following information in your request:

  • Will a research paper or project be assigned?
  • When will students receive their research assignment?
  • Assignment due date
  • Preferred orientation date and time
  • Alternative orientation dates and times (if preferred date and time is unavailable)
  • Attach a copy of your research assignment and/or syllabus (If you do not have an electronic version of the assignment to attach to email, please send hard copy to Rochelle Perez at the CRC Library)

Based on our experience, students who attend orientations with a list of possible research topics get more out of the sessions than student who have no topics in mind. For this reason, the library highly recommends instructors have their students come up with several possible topics prior to the scheduled orientation date.

Online Research Tutorials

The Library now offers Online Research Tutorials (i.e., “library modules”) in a new audio-visual format! These tutorials are available from the Tutorials link on the library’s homepage. Key features of the revised Online Research tutorials include:

  • More audiovisual, less text - more like "movies" than pages to read
  • Easy to access (available on the library web site, not via  Desire2Learn)
  • Short and focused (average completion time 15-20 minutes)
  • Not graded - But students will receive proof of completion to turn in to instructors

Topics for the new Online Research Tutorials are as follows:

1. Library Tour
2. Finding Books with the Library Catalog (Introduction and Overview of Searching)
3. Getting Started with Your Research Topic (Topics, Background Information, and Keywords) 
4. Finding Articles with Research Databases (Introduction and Overview of Searching)
5. Internet Searching (Coming Soon!)
6. Evaluating Materials (Coming Soon!)
7. Citing Sources
8. Avoiding Plagiarism

If you are an instructor who is considering assigning or recommending your students complete one or more of these new Online Research Tutorials and have any questions, please email Emily Bond at bonde@crc.losrios.edu.

Related Services

Librarian Visits

A librarian will come to your classroom to provide a brief (10 minute) overview of library services and to raise students’ awareness of the resources and workshops available. Please contact Rochelle Perez at perezr@crc.losrios.edu if you would like to schedule a class visit.

Course Guides

Upon faculty request, librarians are available to create a course specific research guide. Please contact Emily Bond at bonde@crc.losrios.edu if you would like to request a Course Guide.

Unannounced Class Visits to the Library

If instructors intend to provide students with class time for library research, we ask that you take advantage of one of the instructional opportunities described above. These opportunities have been created for the benefit of your students and other library users.

While we encourage student library use, please do NOT bring unscheduled classes into the library. In recent years, student enrollment has increased significantly which has greatly impacted library access. In effect, the majority of library study spaces and computer workstations are occupied during the library’s open hours.  Unscheduled class visits place a strain on library resources and staff and result in increased disturbances to other students. If you would like your class to use the library, please coordinate with a librarian who can present you with a variety of options to help your students learn various aspects of the library including research skills.

For more information on our library instructional opportunities or to book an instructional session for your class, please contact Rochelle Perez at (916) 691-7629 or perezr@crc.losrios.edu.

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