Online library workshops

The online library workshops below are run throughout each teaching session.

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Once you have registered for a workshop you will receive an Eventbrite confirmation email containing a link to the upcoming event. Please refer to the email to access the workshop.

These workshops are presented in a webinar format. If you have a disability or medical condition and require assistance to participate, please contact the Library's Disability Liaison team for accessibility options.

Introduction to Library Services

Are you new to CSU or returning to study? The Library offers a wide range of services and scholarly resources designed to support you in your studies. In this introductory workshop – ideal for both on-campus and online students - we will cover:

  • the services we can provide to you as either an internal or online student
  • using Primo Search to find books and electronic material
  • using Primo Search to request items, and to check your library record
  • other key resources
  • how to get assistance.

Duration: 1 hour

Finding Online Journal Articles

You’ve spotted the words 'journal', 'journal articles' and 'peer reviewed' in your subject outline. What do these things mean? How do you find journals and articles? Join us as we explain and demonstrate:

  • the importance of journal articles for your studies
  • how to interpret a journal article citation
  • how to find quality scholarly journal articles in Primo Search, Google Scholar, and databases for your assessments and research
  • what 'peer-reviewed' means and how to check that an article is peer-reviewed.

Duration: 1 hour

Using eBooks

eBooks can be a great alternative to print books, for both online and on-campus students. Did you know CSU Library has over 100,000 ebooks in our collection? In this workshop we will cover:

  • how to find e-books using Primo Search
  • how to read an e-book online
  • how to download and read e-books offline using Adobe Digital Editions
  • copying and printing options.

Duration: 1 hour

Using Library Databases

[Note: If you are new to Library databases it is recommended you attend the Finding Online Journal Articles workshop prior to attending this workshop.]

Library databases can be very useful but rather daunting, so join us to explore some of the search techniques and features that you can use, based on two of the Library’s main database platforms: EBSCOhost and Informit. We’ll be discussing and/or demonstrating:

  • the benefits of using Library databases
  • the principles of online searching
  • Boolean operators and search techniques
  • creating folders and setting up alerts
  • exporting citations to EndNote.

Duration: 1 hour

Advanced Library Databases

[Note: You will get the most out of this workshop if you have already had some experience of searching in Library Databases, and/or have attended our Using Library Databases workshop.]

Are you ready to learn about using databases at a more advanced level? Would you like to become a better searcher, and get better results from your searching? This workshop covers some of the sophisticated ways of searching, and advanced features of databases, in the EBSCOhost platform and the citation database Scopus. Content includes:

  • proximity searching
  • using a thesaurus
  • combining search sets and building searches
  • creating a personal folder, saving searches, and setting up alerts
  • exporting records to EndNote
  • using a citation database to find citing articles.

Duration: 1 hour

EndNote for PC

EndNote is the popular bibliographic management software that is available free to CSU users in either a PC or Mac version. This workshop is for PC users. We will show you how to:

  • find and download EndNote
  • create an EndNote Library, and add references manually
  • import references from online sources and edit them to comply with APA style
  • attach PDFs to references and annotate the PDFs
  • create and use groups in your EndNote Library
  • Use Cite While You Write to insert and manage in-text citations and reference list entries in Word.

Duration: 1 hour

EndNote for Mac

Are you a Mac user and would like to learn how to use the popular bibliographic management software EndNote? This workshop will show you how to use EndNote on a Mac. You will learn how to:

  • find and download EndNote
  • create an EndNote Library, and add references manually
  • import references from online sources and edit them to comply with APA style
  • attach PDFs to references and annotate the PDFs
  • create and use groups in your EndNote Library
  • use Cite While You Write to insert and manage citations and reference list entries in Word.

Duration: 1 hour

Learn to Connect: Developing your Personal Learning Network (PLN)

Social media is now a part of your everyday life. Used correctly, it can assist you in your studies as well as your professional career. If you are keen to use social media to create an online professional profile, join us to share and explore:

  • the benefits of a PLN
  • how a PLN can help keep your professional development up-to-date
  • how to connect with others in your profession/field of study
  • how to create accounts with three popular applications: LinkedIn, Twitter, and feedly.com.

Duration: 1 hour

Learn to Connect: Managing your Online Information

So, you’ve created your professional online persona and are getting a lot of data coming your way. How do you keep track of it? This workshop demonstrates and explores:

  • the OneNote and Pocket applications and how to use them for study and collaboration
  • how to evaluate online material using the CRAP test (currency, reliability/relevance, authority, and purpose/point of view)
  • the legal issue of Copyright, and how you can re-use online material without getting into trouble!

Duration: 1 hour

Learn to Connect: Secure your Digital Life

Struggling to manage and remember all your passwords? Concerned about your web activities being tracked over the internet? Want to take control over your digital information?

This workshop will demonstrate how to:

  • create a passphrase that would take years to crack;
  • use a password manager to securely store all your passwords, so that you don’t have to remember them all!
  • prevent websites from harvesting your digital footprint for commercial gain;
  • use tips & techniques to keep your data as anonymous and confidential as possible.

Duration: 1 hour