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Take the Online Library Tour
for an introduction to the CCC Library and its services. Patrons who wish to improve their library research skills may attend a free workshop, enroll in a degree-credit course, and/or make use of online handouts, the CLICS tutorial modules or other online tutorials.

A librarian is on duty each hour that the Library is open to help students, faculty and staff use the Library effectively and find the information they need. Librarians have expertise in research techniques, database searching and information sources; consult them when you need help. Some question may be answered over the phone; others may require in-person assistance. 510-215-4897.

FREE WORKSHOPS

The workshops are open to all students, faculty & staff. They are designed to teach research-related skills, with an emphasis on hands-on experience. No experience is necessary. All workshops are in the Library's LISC Lab. For more information, see the workshop flyer, or ask at the Reference Desk 510-215-4897. 

  • Feb 3, 2014 (Mon.)  12 - 1pm
    HOW TO SUCCEED IN AN ONLINE CLASS (Kinney)
    What skills do you need to be successful in an online class? Learn some study skill tips, basic use of Desire2Learn (if your class uses it), how to upload a document to a course "drop-box," how to attach a document to an email & more.
     
  • Feb 6, 2014 (Thurs.)  2 - 3:30pm
    MICROSOFT WORD BASICS (Geringer)
    Get some quick tips, including how to use bullets or number lists, tables, insert images, and how to format a research paper or other document.
     
  • Feb. 19, 2014 (Wed.)  4 - 5:30pm
    SEARCHING ONLINE DATABASES (Kuo)
    Databases provide reliable resources (journal, magazine & newspaper articles). Learn the strengths & tips for searching Academic Search Premier, Ethnic Newswatch, Proquest, & others, and how to access them from campus and from home.
     
  • Feb 25, 2014 (Tues.)  1:30 - 3pm
    AVOID PLAGIARISM WITH NOODLETOOLS (Flum)
    Learn how to prevent accidental plagiarism with NoodleTools by staying organized. Challenged by keeping track of your resources and notes? Not sure if your citations are in correct format? NoodleTools – an online citation & note card system – can help!
      
  • Mar 6, 2014 (Thurs.)  2 - 3:30pm
    INTRODUCTION TO POWERPOINT (Geringer)
    Come learn the basics of creating a PowerPoint presentation: creating & editing slides, inserting images and YouTube video, printing handouts, and saving to a thumb drive.  
     
  • Mar 6, 2014 (Thurs.)  4:30 - 6pm
    IMPROVE YOUR WEB SEARCH SKILLS
    (Kuo)
    Frustrated by results that are not useful? Learn the differences among search engines, how to use them effectively, the benefits of subject guides, and how to evaluate sites for credibility
      
  • Mar 10, 2014 (Mon.) 11:30 - 1pm
    AVOID PLAGIARISM WITH NOODLETOOLS (Kinney)
    Learn how to prevent accidental plagiarism with NoodleTools by staying organized. Challenged by keeping track of your resources and notes? Not sure if your citations are in correct format? NoodleTools - an online citation & notecard system - can help!
     
  • Apr 1, 2014 (Tues.) 4:30 - 6pm
    MICROSOFT WORD BASICS (Geringer)
    Get some quick tips, including how to use bullets or number lists, tables, insert images, and how to format a research paper or other document.
      
  • Apr 8, 2014 (Tues.)  12:30 - 2pm
    AVOID PLAGIARISM WITH NOODLETOOLS (Flum)
    Learn how to prevent accidental plagiarism with NoodleTools by staying organized. Challenged by keeping track of your resources and notes? Not sure if your citations are in correct format? NoodleTools – an online citation & note card system – can help!
       
  • Apr 10, 2014 (Thurs.)  12 - 1:30pm
    IMPROVE YOUR WEB SEARCH SKILLS (Kuo)
    Frustrated by results that are not useful? Learn the differences among search engines, how to use them effectively, the benefits of subject guides, and how to evaluate sites for credibility.
     
  • Apr 14, 2014 (Mon.)  4:30 - 6pm
    INTRODUCTION TO POWERPOINT (Geringer)
    Come learn the basics of creating a PowerPoint presentation: creating & editing slides, inserting images and YouTube video, printing handouts, and saving to a thumb drive.

      
  • Apr 28, 2014 (Mon.)  12 - 1:15pm
    SEARCHING ONLINE DATABASES (Kinney)
    Databases provide reliable resources (journal, magazine & newspaper articles). Learn the strengths & tips for searching Academic Search Premier, Ethnic Newswatch, Proquest, & others, and how to access them from campus and from home.
      
     

INFORMATION COMPETENCY CHALLENGE EXAM

Students who started at CCC in Fall 2006 or later (or who are returning after more than a year) must meet the Information Competency graduation requirement to receive an AA or AS degree. To meet this requirement, a student must successfully complete LIBST 110a or the first unit of LIBST 110; or successfully complete a challenge exam with a grade of C or higher (challenge exam may be taken ONCE only); or have earned an Information Competency Certificate while enrolled in English 142B between Fall 2006 and Spring 2008.

EXAM DATES are posted at the Library Reference Desk and on available flyers. You may also check dates by contacting the librarian on duty at the Reference Desk 510-215-4897.

  • Jan. 28, 2014 (Tuesday): 2-5:30pm in LLRC-107 (library lab)
  • Feb. 3, 2014 (Monday): 2-5:30pm in LLRC-107 (library lab)
  • Mar. 4, 2014 (Tuesday): 2-5:30pm in LLRC-107 (library lab)
  • Apr. 7, 2014 (Monday): 2-5:30pm in LLRC-107 (library lab)

SIGN UP to take the challenge exam at least ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE either with the librarian on duty at the Reference Desk 510-215-4897.

PREPARE for the challenge exam by reviewing the CLICS tutorial modules.

LIBRARY SKILLS COURSES

The Library Studies Department offers degree-credit instruction that introduces students to basic information sources, and how to use them effectively. The classes are offered in an online or hybrid format -- although some assignments will require visits to the library to use certain resources). Students may enroll in these courses during regular registration or by obtaining an add code (when space is available) from the instructor on the first scheduled day of the specific class. For more information about what might be involved in taking an online class, see How to Succeed in an Online Class.

LIBRARY ORIENTATION LECTURES

Faculty members may schedule a general or special-topic library orientation lecture for their classes. The standard "Introduction to Library Resources" (ILR) covers the basic information resources -- the online catalog, periodical databases, and internet searching. If class is longer than 50 minutes, it allows for hands-on time for the students to practice new skills and/or work on an in-class assignment. The content and length of an ILR can be tailore to meet an instructor's specific needs. Instructors are expected to stay with their students throughout the library session.

To schedule an ILR, call or stop by the Reference Desk. Please allow at least a week's lead time for preparation. 510-215-4897.

The librarian can provide a follow-up Library Assignment that will give students practice in using the resources discussed. The librarian giving the ILR will grade the assignments and return them to the instructor. Re-do's of incomplete assignments and/or incorrect answers give students additional chances to learn the necessary skills, but acceptance of the re-do's is the instructor's choice.

Faculty members sometimes devise their own library skill assignments. A well-designed course-related library assignment can be an effective way to introduce students to library research. To assure that students have a positive library experience, such assignment should be clearly defined and use sources that are readily available to students. This is as true for a homework assignment to locate a specific title or item of information as it is for a specially-created library skills worksheet. Creating Effective Library Assignments is a checklist of do's and don'ts. Please consult a reference librarian for additional assistance.

ONLINE TUTORIALS

Use the following free tutorials if you would like to improve your library and information competency skills by working through them on your own. See also the Handouts & Guides page.

Library website maintained by Ellen Geringer egeringer@conracosta.edu
 

 
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