We offer research support for students and faculty in the form of face-to-face and online research assistance, consultation with librarians and subject specialists, online research guides, and instructional courses on use of library resources and educational technologies.
- articulate your research question or topic
- effectively search library databases
- understand the process and techniques for conducting a thorough literature review
- find and access primary sources and statistical data
- understand issues of authority and meaning in the sources you choose to support your argument
- access articles and books from known citations
- guide you through using the library catalog and databases
- find full text
- find additional resources
General Reference Research Guide
The general research guide introduces you to navigating the many resources at Oxy, and provides information to help you through the entire research process. Gain insight into exploring topics and resources in a variety of disciplines. Learn about basic and advanced searching techniques, evaluating and understanding sources, as well as academic ethics and citation management.
Subject Specific Research Guides
Librarians and disciplinary experts have created a series of subject specific research guides that lead you to the sources you need. Use the guides to find subject-specific databases, new books in the subject, and subject specific reference resources. Depending on the discipline, you can also access multi-media, primary sources, on-line data sets, current events, images, scores, and sound recordings. View list of subjects.
Consultants are available to facilitate group sessions covering a wide variety of topics related to research, teaching, and learning with technology. Class topics may include identifying and exploring research resources, search strategies and tools, advanced discipline-specific research resources, methodologies and practices, and assistive or instructional technologies. To schedule instruction, please contact Carey Sargent, Head of Instruction & Research Support, at email@example.com.
Consultants also offer workshops at faculty request during their regular class meeting time to help students at any stage of the research process, from evaluating information sources, to managing citations with Zotero, to using databases and writing literature reviews for seminar papers, to finding and selecting primary sources and on-line datasets, to data visualization for research presentations.
Need help outside the normal class period? Consultants can build workshops tailored to your needs. In addition, students can organize themselves and schedule workshops outside of class.
We work closely with CSP faculty to design sessions related to research during students' first year. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request one of the sessions below or to arrange a session that meets your needs.
Library Resources and Research (Fall Semester)
This session focuses on a general introduction library resources and research for first years at Occidental. Its two main goals are 1) to connect students with people and places that will help them access research resources and 2) engage students in processes that help them to identify their research information needs and to choose relevant and useful tools to meet those needs.
Identifying Sources and Evidence (Spring Semester)
This session reviews the distinction between primary and secondary sources, using a hypothetical assignment based on your CSP syllabus. Students then generate concept maps of keywords related to their hypothetical research topic. Students then practice searching for information in an array of library owned and open online resources in order to then discuss the evidentiary value of the resources they find.
Understanding and Managing Citations
We introduce students to Zotero, a browser-based tool for collecting, managing, and citing sources. Through teaching this tool, we explain the various components of citations, their purpose, and when to use them.
Finding a Book on the Shelf
We introduce students to the library catalog and help them make sense of results for physical items. We then offer students a guided tour of Oxy’s library stacks, asking them to find print sources relevant to their CSP work.
We offer academic and technical support for courses using alternative and interactive media for research assignments. This support includes workshops on content, tools, information management, and issues of copyright and fair use. While the specific technologies may vary, we have in the past offered support for ArtStor, Wordpress, iMovie, podcasting, Google Sites, and Wikipedia.