Library Workshops

Library Research for Freshmen

Graduate Studies Workshop Series

Library Research for Freshmen

Meant for those new to CSUSB, or for those who could simply use a refresher, this workshop provides an introduction to resources available through John M. Pfau Library. This session addresses why it is necessary to use the deep web for scholarly research, and attendees learn how to navigate the library website, find online journal articles, locate books, and get research help. Registration is required, as space is limited.This workshop is 50 minutes long and takes place in Pfau Library, room 2005.

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