Learning to do library and web-based information research is an important part of information competency. To support this, CCSF Library provides a suite of library skills workshops.
Click on the “Start Workshop” button below to begin. Log in with an active RAM ID and password. After logging in, enroll in the Library Skills Workshops course for the current semester by clicking on the “Enroll in Course” link. This is not a credit course, but students must be enrolled in order to access the workshops in Canvas.
Most library workshops will be available until Sunday, July 25 at 7pm. The MLA and APA Research Challengers will close on Wednesday, July 21 at 7pm. All workshops and exercises must be completed those days by 7pm. No revisions or submissions, including Research Challengers, will be accepted after the listed dates and times.
Find library workshops in Canvas. To begin the workshops for the first time:
At the end of each workshop, learners earn a badge that is labeled with their CCSF email address and workshop title. Your CCSF Canvas account contains all completed online workshop badges from the current semester. Click on “Badges” link in course navigation bar on the left. You can also see the workshops you've completed in your Grades page in the Library Research Skills course. Take screenshots of your badge(s) or your Grades page to email to your instructor. Or, ask a librarian to give you a completion slip you can email.
With the exception of Research Challenger, library workshops are based on information competency concepts and can be taken in any order. However, the Library recommends taking them in the following order:
Library workshops have been updated. Old versions had letters in their names (e.g. “Workshop A”). If you received old information, ask your instructor to contact us. We will be happy to provide them with current information about Library workshops.
No, all workshops must be completed online in Canvas. If you need help with a workshop, contact us or visit any CCSF Library reference desk.
Completion slips for workshops from past semesters can be issued by a CCSF reference librarian for up to one year from completion. Contact a librarian to request one and we will email it to you.
Those workshops were phased out over one year ago, and the grades are no longer valid.
Research Challenger workshops are graded online by by a librarian within one week of submission. If revisions are needed, the grading librarian will contact you through Canvas to correct and resubmit the assignment. Students who need their grade more immediately may come to a library reference desk to get their assignment graded in person, but should be aware that this process may take some time if corrections are needed or if the library is busy at that time.
|Workshop Name||Learning Outcomes|
|Getting Started with the CCSF Library||Identify the locations of CCSF Library
Identify the services that the CCSF Library provides for students
Locate where to access the online resources of the CCSF Library
Use the RAM ID to access online library resources
Determine when and how to ask a CCSF librarian for help
|Information Identifier||Identify at what point in the information cycle a source is created
Distinguish between primary, secondary and tertiary sources
Differentiate between scholarly and non-scholarly sources
Determine which information format is appropriate based on the degree of information provided
|Database Seeker||Develop and conduct effective search strategies within library databases
Interpret screen displays and filter search results in order to find relevant materials
Identify and retrieve relevant information regardless of format type
|Citation Champion (MLA and APA)||Recognize plagiarism in its various forms and the consequences of plagiarizing
Correctly paraphrase, quote and summarize an original idea from a source using a standard citation format
Correctly identify citation elements for the purpose of preparing a list of sources in a standardized citation format
Define copyright and fair use and identify when exceptions can be made
|Information Evaluator||Describe how the publication process is a factor in the evaluation process of an information source
Understand the difference between information formats, both formal and informal
Evaluate a source using criteria such as authority, relevance, objectivity/bias, and currency
|Research Challenger||Write and refine a research question or thesis statement
Identify key concepts and terms in the research question or statement
Distinguish different types of sources (popular, scholarly, primary, secondary) and select those appropriate for the information need
Apply research skills to find credible sources that are relevant to information need
Understand the importance of critically evaluating and crediting other’s research contributions
Prepare MLA or APA formatted citations for a bibliography