Open Research Workshops

The library offers a variety of 75-minute workshops to help students learn academic research strategies, resources, and more. Workshops are open to all current Mt. SAC students.

  • Finding and Evaluating Articles
  • Finding and Evaluating Books
  • Developing Research Topics
  • Research Career Choices
  • Evaluating Websites
  • Starting Your Research (In collaboration with the Writing Center.)

All workshops except “Starting Your Research” are held in the library in room 238.

Students sign up for all workshops except “Starting Your Research” at the library Information Desk or by calling 909 274 4289. To sign up for the “Starting Your Research Workshop,” please go to the Writing Center or call 909 274 5325.

Students working on research assignments may find it helpful to bring their assignment prompts with them to the workshop.
Proof of attendance can be provided to students completing the workshop.

A description of each workshop and a schedule is here (click).

Finding and Evaluating Articles
What: Learn how to select and search a library article database, distinguish between
popular and scholarly periodical literature, evaluate articles, and troubleshoot
your searches.
Where: Library, Room 238

Finding and Evaluating Books
What: Learn how to search a library catalog, evaluate books for academic research, locate books online or in the library, and evaluate and troubleshoot your searches.
Where: Library, Room 238

Developing Research Topics
What: Learn how to search reliable reference sources for overviews, narrow and broaden research topics, and develop a manageable research topic. Bring your assignment prompt if you have one.
Where: Library, Room 238

Researching Career Choices
What: Learn how to use government websites to gather career-related information, find books and videos related to careers and job skills, and discover which colleges offer degrees in your chosen field.
Where: Library, Room 238

Evaluating Websites
What: Learn how to evaluate websites for reliability using criteria such as authority, accuracy, currency, relevance, and purpose.
Where: Library, Room 238

Starting Your Research
What: Learn how to develop research questions, search a library reference database, and search a library article database. This workshop is held in the Writing Center and is taught by Library faculty and Writing Center staff.
How to Sign Up: Sign up at the Writing Center or call 909-274-5325.
Where: **These workshops are held at the Writing Center.**