The Library offers online, in-person and for-credit options to build your research skills using the Library resources available to you.

PILOT Online Research Tutorials

Our Canvas-based Path to Information Literacy Online Tutorials (PILOT) will help you gain insight into the research process, develop effective research strategies, and become familiar with the Library’s primary research tool, OneSearch.

You will learn how to select the best sources to meet your research needs and how to avoid plagiarism through proper citation.

Each tutorial takes between 15-30 minutes and includes reading, video, graphics, practice exercises, and a quiz. After passing the module’s quiz with a score of 75% or more, you will unlock a certificate of completion, which can be downloaded, printed, and/or emailed.

Self Enroll

Introduction to Library Research Workshop

Enhance your library resources and research skills with this 50 minute, face-to-face workshop. Reservations are not required, but they are appreciated. Sign up at the Research Help Desk on the LRC second floor or by calling (916) 558-2461.

Workshop Dates and Times
Date Time
Tuesday, February 11 1:00 pm
Wednesday, February 19 6:00 pm
Saturday, February 22 1:00 pm
Thursday, February 27 10:00 am
Monday, March 2 3:00 pm
Tuesday, March 10 6:00 pm
Saturday, March 14 1:00 pm
Wednesday, March 18 11:00 am
Tuesday, March 24 2:00 pm
Monday, March 30 6:00 pm
Thursday, April 16 10:00 am
Wednesday, April 22 2:00 pm
Thursday, April 30 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 9 1:00 pm
Tuesday, May 12 3:00 pm

Some instructors offer extra credit for attending a Library workshop. Here is how you get proof of attendance:

  1. Attend the session
  2. Complete the quiz after the workshop
  3. Complete the online worksheet any time after the workshop
  4. Bring the completed worksheet to the Research Help Desk on the 2nd floor of the LRC where a librarian will check your work and review any answers you missed. 
  5. Once the review is complete, you will receive a paper proof of completion that you can give to your instructor

Make a copy of this paper slip in case a second professor also requires proof of completion. The Library does not retain records of attendance at these sessions.

Library Research Classes for Credit

LIBR 307 Medical Information Resources (1 Unit)

This hands-on course will explore print and electronic sources of medical information. It is designed for people working in libraries with medical resources or individuals interested in the medical field.

LIBR 318 Library Research and Information Literacy (1 Unit)

This course provides the information competency skills necessary to conduct academic or personal research. It offers a step-by-step guide to the research process that is applicable to term papers, course work, and life-long learning.

LIBR 325 Internet Research Skills (3 Units)

This course is an introductory survey of the content, use, and evaluation of electronic information sources. Emphasis is placed on the effective use of the Internet as a research tool. This course covers free Internet search tools as well as subscription databases. Communication services such as email, groups, and blogs are also studied as are emerging services and technologies as appropriate. Searching strategies are covered as are techniques for selecting appropriate search tools for different research needs. Historical and social issues surrounding the Internet are also discussed. This course will also discuss the use of Internet technologies in libraries. The Internet seeking and evaluation skills learned in this class are critical to anyone who is seeking employment in a library setting.

Search Classes