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Research Workshops

Campus librarians offer research skills workshops for your students in the classroom. These workshops help your students succeed in their assignments and your courses.

Information Literacy

Our research skills workshops are based on the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

Information literacy is:

The set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.

The Framework identifies six threshold or core concepts for developing information literacy and research skills:

  1. Authority is Constructed and Contextual
  2. Information Creation as a Process
  3. Information has Value
  4. Research as Inquiry
  5. Scholarship as Conversation
  6. Searching as Strategic Exploration

Workshop Examples

Librarians work collaboratively with you and we tailor our workshops to your course and assignment learning outcomes.

We help your students find, evaluate, analyze, and integrate information sources appropriately and ethically. 

Workshop topics may include:

  • Defining a research topic and questions
  • Developing a search strategy 
  • Recognizing the importance of various source types to help meet an information need
  • Finding and accessing information, including statistics and data
  • Critically evaluating resources and websites
  • Academic integrity, including Centennial's online academic integrity module
  • Ethical use of information, citations and plagiarism
  • Orientation to library website, facilities and collections

When and Where 

These research workshops occur in the library instructional lab or in your classroom. 

Workshops are typically one hour long, but vary depending on your needs. Your Librarian will help you to develop a lesson plan that works best for your class.

We recommend that you book the library session at least two weeks in advance. Requests may be accommodated within a week's notice, depending on lab availability and librarians' schedules.

What will Your Students Gain from a Library Session?

The amount of information available to students through the Library's e-resources and the internet is overwhelming. The librarians teach your students the skills they need to be effective information seekers and creators.

The Libraries will help to provide:

  • The technological skills to use the library as a gateway to information.
  • The critical and evaluative skills to select appropriate resources.
  • The skills to avoid plagiarism and cite sources in APA or MLA style.