Research Workshops

In Wheelock Library workshops, students engage in active exploration of information literacy problems that are integrated into their coursework. These dynamic research workshops are taught by professional librarians and designed in collaboration with Wheelock faculty.

Scheduling a Research Workshop

Workshops are 60-90 minutes long. Contact us early with your workshop request and be prepared to share your syllabus and assignment description.

Choose a workshop, or build your own

Choose a workshop from our Research Workshop Menu. If nothing on the menu suits your fancy, a librarian can work with you to build a workshop that meets your goals for the course.  In both cases, we will collaborate closely to ensure that the workshop is integrated into your course and supports your assignment.

Submit a request

To request a research workshop, complete the Research Workshop Request Form.

Work with a Librarian 

Work with a Learning and Research Services Librarian for your department to design the integration that works best for your course.

Research Workshop Menu

Choose a workshop from our Research Workshop Menu [pdf] or build your own.

Workshop Learning Outcomes
students will be able to...
Suggested Audience(s)
Identify Your Research Topic

  • Experiment with techniques to identify potential research directions
  • Explore information sources about their topic
  • Understand the value of narrowing the scope of their investigation
Students at the beginning of their research process after receiving assignment

Ask the Right Questions!

  • Articulate questions to guide individual, group, or class inquiry
  • Learn a question formulation technique that can be applied to a variety of inquiry situations
Students who will
  • Investigate a problem of practice
  • Explore a concept for a paper or assignment
  • Identify a possible research direction
  • Practice observation skills
  • Conduct an action research project
Strategic Database Searching: Level 1

  • Identify keywords based on their research question
  • Conduct an effective database search in order to discover relevant articles
Students who have articulated a research question

Strategic Database Searching: Level 2

  • Identify specialized subject databases and terminology
  • Utilize advanced database features
  • Organize their research and sources
Students with basic database search skills who are conducting an extensive investigation into the literature of their field

Citing Sources in APA Style

  • Format basic references and in-text citations in APA
  • Understand the difference between quotation, paraphrasing, and summary/synthesis
Students at any level who are engaging multiple sources in a research paper or project

Why Cite? Using Citation to Track a Conversation

  • Understand the role of citation in scholarly research and writing, and how to use citations to track scholarly  conversation
  • Understand their own work in relation to published literature, and their responsibility to cite properly
Students in intermediate- or upper-level undergraduate classes or in graduate classes who are engaged in a literature review

Is This a Good Source? Gathering a Variety of Perspectives

  • Identify interested parties producing information about a topic
  • Evaluate factors such as point of view/purpose, reliability, currency and authority
  • Utilize a variety of information sources for their own needs
Students at any level who are conducting research that relies on a variety of source types and perspectives

Give us your feedback 

We welcome your feedback at any time. To help us understand how well our research workshop menu meets your needs, please consider completing this short five-question survey.

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