Library Workshops for Fall 2011

image of online library workshop in Elluminate

The Fall 2011 term is starting and it is time to sign up for the library’s workshops.  We are currently offering @Home workshops so you can learn how to use the library on your computer at home through Elluminate.  For more information, technical requirements and to register online, you can visit:

We have the following workshops available:

a. Introduction to Searching:

You will learn how to:

  • Create a search strategy from a research topic
  • Use the Resources by Subject guides
  • Search Journal & Newspaper Articles
  • Use powerful search results page options

How to effectively and efficiently do research and navigate the college’s online library, which includes searchable access to millions of full-text journal & newspaper articles and other resources. Ideal for those new to the college, new to using the online library or doing college-level research. Optional: bring your own research topic to work on.

b. Citing Your Sources:


  • Why cite?
  • What is a citation?
  • Parts of a citation
  • MLA vs APA style
  • Knowing your source
  • Documentation tips

Learn why citing your sources is so important and where to get citation formatting information for styles such as APA, MLA, etc. Ideal for anyone interested in learning how to avoid accidental plagiarism.

c. Working with Books & E-Books:

You will learn how to:

  • Use the library e-book catalog
  • Search the full-text of specific e-book collections
  • Determine annotation, save and print options for e-books
  • Locate print books (and journals) at nearby libraries using WorldCat

How to effectively navigate, search and use the college’s e-book collections and how to locate print books in nearby libraries. Ideal for those new to the college, new to using the online library or doing college-level research.

d. Choosing the Best Research Materials:

What is the difference between scholarly and popular articles? What are some tell-tale signs that the information source you want to use isn’t reliable? How can you tell the difference between fact and somebody’s opinion disguised as fact? Your instructor may say “Use only reliable, academic resources!” or “Don’t cite Wikipedia!” – this webinar will show you how to use your own judgment and critical thinking skills to evaluate information sources and the information in them for yourself. Ideal for anyone doing college-level research, reading the newspaper, watching a health report, etc.!

e. Using RefWorks:

Learn how to access and use the online (and free to all current Empire State College students) bibliographic management tool. Use it to organize your research resources and buiuld and format your bibliographies.