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 rochelle [dot] perez (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu. Please include the following information in your request:
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.
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:
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 emily [dot] bond (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu.
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 (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu if you would like to schedule a class visit.
Upon faculty request, librarians are available to create a course specific research guide. Please contact Emily Bond at bonde (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu if you would like to request a Course Guide.
These guides are designed to highlight Library resources and other research tools that support specific CRC Programs. A complete list is located on the CRC Library Research Guide page.
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 (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu.