Workshop Descriptions

The NJIT Library Information Literacy Workshops each cover a different skill set, and everyone--students, faculty, staff and administration--is welcome to take them.  Our workshops help attendees learn how to find, evaluate, and use information from the library's digital and print collections.  They are given repeatedly throughout the Fall and Spring semesters.  Teachers can assign, and students can take, as many of these workshops as they wish.  They do not count as credit towards your degree, but may be required by a department or professor as part of a regular course.  For example, the Research Roadmaps Series is required for all students in  HUM101, and HUM102. 

IL100:  SearchPath:  Introduction to Research and the NJIT Library (e-Learning, enroll via Moodle).  Find out where the libraries and online sources are located and how NJIT students can access them. Includes an introductory video, brief individual modules 1)  getting started  2) choosing a topic  3) finding books  4) finding articles  5) better web searching and  6) citing sources and a glossary of terms. (Instructors:  Dalal, Scharf, Singh, Slutsky)

IL101:  Research Roadmap I (via Moodle.  Required for HUM101 students. Open to all)

Lesson 1 - Video Introduction to Library Basics:   Find out where the libraries and online sources are located and how NJIT students can access them. New students should view the online video prior to attending Research Roadmap 1.  (view it on the library website--no registration required - viewing time:  5 minutes).

Lesson  2  -- Workshop on  Navigating the Information Landscape:  (online via Moodle) Learning Objects located here. Go beyond Google.  Learn to use the web more efficiently including when to use  Wikipedia and other web tools and sources.  Also learn how to use library databases to find books and articles not available on the open web.

Lesson 3  --  Workshop on Research Survival Skills:  Scheduled in Humanities 101 classes.  Learn how to use library sources to help turn an idea into a research project.  Learn new database search strategies.  Get tips for organizing your research and learn to cite a source correctly using in-text references and a works cited page in MLA style.

IL111: Roadmap Refresher  This one-shot workshop is required for HUM102 students.   (online via Moodle) Learning Objects located here. 

IL102:  Research Roadmap 102  --  Applying Research Skills in HUM102.  (via Moodle.  Required for HUM102 students.) Learn how to develop a topic to fulfill your HUM102 research assignment.  Use web and library sources efficiently and effectively.  More practice documenting sources.  (Instructors:  Dalal, Scharf)

IL210:  Information Literacy in Chemical Engineering Series (upon request).  (Instructor: Slutsky).  Three introductory lectures covering:

Lecture 1 – Introduction to the literature of chemistry and chemical engineering--• The Scientific Method to devise strategies to find desired information; • Organization of the technical literature; • Evolution of Print to Electronic Formats; • Refresher on using the NJIT Library; •Information resources of Interest to Chemists and Chemical  Engineers;

Lecture 2 – Using Chemical Abstracts, Scifinder Scholar, STN International;  Advanced search techniques including cited reference searching.

Lecture 3 - More relevant databases:  • Scopus; • Business Source Premier – Chemical Industry Coverage; • Publisher Databases at NJIT – related to chemical engineering and chemistry; • Introduction to Patents;  • Refresher on finding a journal at the NJIT Library

IL225:  How to Find Physical and Thermodynamic Properties of Chemical Substances. (Co-requisite to Chem225A).  Students are shown print and electronic sources which may be used to find physical and thermodynamic properties of chemical substances. Covers traditional print resources such as the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics and the Merck Index as well as relevant electronic resources such as the NIST Webbook and Materials Safety Data Sheets.   After completing their experiments students must compare the values they obtained to those in the chemical literature.  (Instructor: Slutsky).

IL262:  Introduction to Environmental Engineering Sources. (Companion to ENE262)  Covers:  • The Scientific Method to devise strategies to find desired information; • Organization of the technical literature; • Evolution of Print to Electronic Formats; • Refresher on using the NJIT library resources;  •Information resources of Interest to Civil and Environmental Engineers; •Intermediate search techniques; •Team research assignment support skills.  (Instructor: Slutsky).

IL390 Basic Business Research (upon request).  Learn how to find and use high quality business information by leveraging the library resources and the web. Topics include an overview of the business information landscape, a discussion of bias in business information, and searching library databases and the web for company, industry and financial information. (Instructor:  Scharf)

IL4XX:  Applying Research Skills in Capstone Courses.  (Upon faculty or group request).  Learn how to develop a topic to support your Capstone Project.  Use web and library sources efficiently and effectively.  More practice documenting sources. (Contact your Librarian.)

IL500:  EndNote.  (E-Learning & hands on.  Open to all.)   Get started using this time-saving citation management software, used by scholars to organize references, images, pdf’s and other files into your own electronic library.  Learn to import references directly from the web and library databases and cite while you write, make format and style changes easily.  (Instructor: Scharf).

IL6XX:  Research Skills for Graduate Students. (Open to graduate students only.)  Learn the purpose and methods of conducting a literature review.   Become familiar with the web, library and professional tools and sources in your discipline needed to successfully carry out your research.  Learn the basics of using the time-saving bibliographic reference and citation management software, EndNote.  (Instructors:  Scharf, Slutsky).

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