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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

Due to the current SCC campus closure, in-person library workshops are canceled for the foreseeable future. Instead, consider taking PILOT, our Canvas-based library research tutorial.

PILOT Tutorials

Introduction to Library Research Workshop

Campus Closure Notice

In-person library research workshops are temporarily suspended while the SCC campus is closed. Instead, please consider taking PILOT, the self-paced library research tutorials in Canvas.

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.

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.

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