The Research and Writing Workshop series was brought to you through a partnership between the Library and CAPS.  These free workshops covered a variety of topics to assist you in tackling your research papers.  

Here’s what was covered in each workshop:

Online Academic Supports, Canvas, & Free MS Office

  1. Have an understanding of SIS, EasyLogin, Canvas and College Email. 
  2. Have a basic understanding of Cloud Storage.
  3. Can successfully submit a document through Canvas.
  4. Understand how to use Online Tutoring in Canvas and Smarthinking. 
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of how to use free MS Office through GBCC Email. 
  6. Review of technology and the Help Desk.
  7. Understand how to access Online Library Resources and supports and to know how to schedule a research appointment.

Starting Your Research & Avoiding Plagiarism

  1. Explore general information sources to increase familiarity with the topic. 
  2. Identify key concepts and terms that describe the information needed and understand using Boolean operators and truncation in search terms. 
  3. Identify the purpose and audience of potential resources (e.g., popular vs. scholarly, current vs. historical, primary vs secondary) and understand evaluating sources.
  4. Where to look beyond our library (interlibrary loan, using resources at other locations).
  5. Learn about the Research Process steps and design a realistic plan and timeline to complete the paper.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes plagiarism and demonstrate an understanding of institutional policies related to plagiarism. 
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of intellectual property, copyright, and fair use of copyrighted material.

How to Structure Your Paper & Paraphrasing

  1. Develop a thesis.
  2. Construct an outline.
  3. Understand topic and supporting sentences.
  4. Learn to craft effective introductions and conclusions.
  5. Mastering the art of transferring source language into your own words.
  6. Understanding the difference between paraphrasing, summarizing, and direct quotations and learning when and how to use each.
  7. Integrate research and evidence; how to use in-text/parenthetical citations.

Citing Sources:  MLA, APA, Chicago

*The examples used in this video are for APA format version 6.  The college is now using APA format version 7.  For help, please see the Library’s citation guide

  1. Identify types of sources and bibliography elements.
  2. Understand the similarities and differences between the 3 citation styles. 
  3. Learn how to construct a Works Cited/Reference Page: keeping organized.

View Past Workshops

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