Library Workshops

Freshman Workshop Series

Graduate Studies Workshop Series

Freshman Workshop Series

Scenario: You’re in a college class and you get an assignment to write a research paper. You must use credible sources to support a thesis, and you must cite those sources. What do you do?

You could try to do research for the paper the way you did it in high school, but college professors expect more. Prepare yourself for college research. These workshops will help!

Workshop #1: The Deep Web

This is the first workshop in our 4-part Freshman series. Learn the difference between high school and college research and how to do a basic keyword search in the deep web.

Workshop #2: The Information Cycle

This is the second workshop in our 4-part series. You must have attended the first workshop to go to this one. Learn how to identify different types of information sources and how to limit your search results in two databases.

Workshop #3: Relevance

This is the third workshop in our 4-part series. You must have attended the first and second workshops to go to this one. Learn how to narrow your searches and analyze your results to find the most relevant articles for your research question.

Workshop #4: References

If you have attended the first three workshops, come to the final workshop of the Freshman series. Learn some great tips for using the databases (even Google!) to help you build your references.

Each workshop is 50 minutes long, and all are taught in Pfau Library 2005. You take these workshops in sequence, and you register online. Many freshman professors offer their students extra credit for attending our workshops - ask your professor!

Register on our Workshop Schedule.

Great information, wish I came before my paper was due. Freshman student, 2012

Definitely I loved the workshops. I apply the lessons every time I research for a paper or do a project. The workshops showed me what kinds of tools the CSUSB Web site had for me as a student. I learned plenty and I teach my fellow students when the chance comes up. Freshman student, 2013

Graduate Studies Workshop Series

Basic Research Workshop

This basic session is for grad students with little or no experience in online database searching. CSUSB’s library has nearly 100 outstanding subscription databases where you can find full-text scholarly articles without the nuisance of having to pay for them or be distracted by advertisements. In this workshop, you’ll learn about the deep web, the literature review, some basic search strategies in general databases to find books and articles online, and how to customize Google Scholar. You'll also find out how to get research help in person, online, and via text messaging, when you're struggling. Registration is required, as space is limited.

Advanced Research Workshop

This advanced session is for grad students who are familiar with online database searching and have used or know about the library's basic services. In this workshop, we'll explore more databases and search tools, the research implications of the current information economy, and how to immerse yourself in the literature of your field so that you gain confidence in your subject expertise. Students are strongly encouraged to attend the basic workshop first. Registration is required, as space is limited.


In this workshop, learn to cite and manage multiple sources with ease using Zotero, a citation management plug-in that helps make the writing process smoother and more enjoyable. With Zotero, you can easily import and export citations to use in your text and bibliography, freeing you to concentrate on content. Zotero also lets you save valuable full-text sources as you find them, saving you time during the research process.

Each workshop is 80 minutes long, and all are taught in Pfau Library 2005

Register on our Workshop Schedule.

For more information on any of our workshops, please contact Barbara Quarton, Coordinator of Library Instruction, at