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Programs & Workshops

Library Tours and Orientations

Library staff provide Campus Library tours and orientations for College students, faculty and staff. Faculty may book group sessions or interested individuals may schedule one-on-one orientations with Campus Library staff. Group tours and orientations may vary in length and content and can be determined at the time of scheduling. It is recommended to allocate at least half an hour for group sessions in order for Campus Library staff to fully introduce the library resources and services that are available.


  • Acquaint students, faculty and staff with their Campus Library.
  • Provide an awareness of library services and resources.
  • Register students, faculty and staff with the College's Library Service.

Introduction to Library Information Resources

This orientation program provides an overview of the wealth of electronic resources available through Library Services such as Novanet, databases and the Library Services website. Faculty can book this program, which is approximately one hour in length, with Campus Library staff.


  • Search and obtain resources using Novanet.
  • Become acquainted with the selection and diversity of the Library Services' databases.
  • Navigate the Library Services website and related web-based information sources.

How to Do Research

This workshop can be delivered to students either in a lecture format or coupled with one or more hands-on workshops that Library Services provides. Topics covered include steps in the research process, such as selecting and narrowing a topic, completing a literature review and documentation of sources using a standard bibliographic style.


  • Defining and clarifying a research topic.
  • Identifying information sources that support a research topic.
  • Documenting information sources according to an established bibliographic style.

Introduction to the Library Catalogue

This workshop provides an overview of searching Novanet.


  • Effectively search and locate resources using Novanet.
  • Employ a variety of search strategies for locating relevant materials.
  • Order resources to be delivered to a Campus using Library Service's Interlibrary Loan and Novanet Express services.
  • Understand Library Services' Borrowing Policies.

Database Searching

Library staff develop and deliver a number of workshops that orient students, faculty and staff to Library Services' databases, as well as how to search them effectively. The content of these databases range from bibliographic or full text access to journal, encyclopedic or statistical information in the fields of business, health sciences, Canadiana, computing, occupational health and safety, sciences, trades and technology, as well as inter-disciplinary academic information. Library staff can customize these workshops to the information needs of a particular program or department. The length of these workshops vary but it is recommended to allocate 1 - 1½ hours per session. Faculty may book group sessions or interested individuals may schedule one-on-one orientations with Campus Library staff.


  • Identify an appropriate database for searching on a particular topic.
  • Search a database related to a particular field of study using effective search and retrieval methods.

Internet Searching

Library staff provide Internet training sessions designed to equip participants with effective searching skills required on the World Wide Web, as well as how to effectively evaluate web resources. Some Internet searching workshops that are offered include:

Introduction to the World Wide Web

This workshop provides a general introduction to the Internet and the WWW, as well as how to use a browser, search engines and basic methods of searching. It is recommended for inexperienced web searchers.


  • Basic navigation within the web environment using a browser.
  • Basic searching skills using a popular search engine.

Advanced Searching Techniques on the WWW

This workshop is targeted for the more experienced web searcher and focuses on effective search methods such as boolean searching, the use of truncation operators, phrase searching, field searching and other limiters provided within a web search tool.


  • Identify an appropriate web search tool for searching on a particular topic.
  • Search a variety of web search tools using effective search and retrieval methods.

Critical Evaluation of Web Resources

This workshop equips participants with effective evaluation skills when searching for high caliber resources on the World Wide Web. Specific criteria is applied to a selection of web pages that aids in identifying relevant and quality web resources.


  • Identify evaluation criteria and apply them to web resources to determine authenticity and reliability of information.

Assignment-based Instruction

Librarians can develop assignments or exercises for any of the library programs or workshops. These may be completed by the students during the sessions or outside of the classroom. Faculty need to consult with the Librarian to determine the most appropriate method. The Librarian will consult with faculty on every assignment developed to ensure the level and content of questions is appropriate for their students. Librarians can assess the completed assignments and return then to the faculty member, who determines how best to use these assignments in the evaluation of their students.

Integrated Library Instruction

Librarians can develop an integrated library instruction program using any number of programs or workshops. This formal program covers a number of different resources and can incorporate assignments and/or exercises to complement the instruction. Faculty are encouraged to consult with their librarian to determine the most appropriate program, as well as assessment methods. Due to the time it takes to develop such an integrated program, it is recommended to liaise with the librarian as early as possible.

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Updated September 2, 2015