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May 16, 2022

Planning for Fall? It’s a Great Time to Incorporate Our Supports

Spring is often the time to update course content and plan for fall, and it’s also a great time to incorporate supports offered by Library and Academic Services. In this article, we highlight popular ways we can help you and your students succeed at RRC Polytech. For future reference, we encourage you to bookmark our Faculty Support page which contains links to the complete range of services and supports we offer. 

In-Class Workshops

The Academic Success Centre and Library offer online in-class workshops for student cohorts at the request of faculty. Our suite of workshops includes Academic Skills, Writing Skills, Technology Literacy Skills, Library Instruction, and Copyright.

To request an in-class workshop, please click the links below:

Hybrid LEARNing Modules

The Academic Success Centre and Library have developed a suite of Hybrid LEARNing Modules. The purpose of these modules is to offer learning strategies and resources that faculty can share with their students to further develop foundational skills for success in their studies. The modules feature self-directed tutorials in LEARN and facilitated live sessions via Webex (or MS Teams).

To request a Hybrid LEARNing Module or book a facilitated live session, please fill out this Request Form.

Academic Success Centre

While the ASC is primarily a student service unit, our staff have found that partnerships with faculty are the best way to support students. Partnerships can take many forms, including customized and embedded academic supports in programs, in-class workshops, diagnostic assessments, and the sharing of our learning resources.

To learn more, visit the Academic Success Centre’s Supports for Faculty and Staff page.

Library Collections and Related Services

Suggest a Purchase

The primary purpose of the Library’s collections is to support learning, instruction and research at RRC Polytech. If you have suggestions for a new title or resource to add to our collection, you may fill out the Suggest a Purchase form. Our subject specialists are available to discuss subject area gaps in the collection as well as Open Educational Resources (OER) options with you.  

Guides

The Library’s Guides are curated lists of resources on specialized topics. We can help you find which guides are most relevant for your students or work with you to develop a new Guide to meet your needs. The benefits of Guides are far-reaching for both students and instructors. Below are a few success stories resulting from instructors utilizing Guides.

Guide Success Stories

Environmental Sciences Guide https://library.rrc.ca/enviro-science

Research and Reference Services

Also, you may be looking for information, either for your own research needs, course development, or course readings. Library staff are skilled at locating and referencing information, and it would be a pleasure to assist with that. To connect with a Library staff member, visit us in person or through our Ask Us chat during regular Library hours.

Copyright

Copyright plays an important role when instructors are building content and creating course materials. Our P7 Policy provides guidance around copying but there is also a suite of library-directed copyright services to support and assist faculty in navigating copyright.

The Library’s Copyright Officer supports faculty with the following services:

List of services available from the copyright officer.

You can:

Connect with Us!

More information about our services and supports is available on our website. You may also connect with us through Ask Us chat, our Ask a Question form, or visit one of our service desks during regular Library hours.

Written by Ebony Novakowski, Linda Fox, and Melissa Coyle – Library and Academic Services

Library Lunch and Learn Spring Sessions, 2022 – Recordings Available

March 21, 2022

Do you ever get overwhelmed when looking for materials in the Library’s collection? Do you feel clumsy about research, wish it was easier, or just need some guidance? If you answered yes, then our lunchtime mini-sessions are for you!

At Library Lunch and Learn, you’ll get an overview of subject-specific databases and learn ways to improve your research and citing skills. Each 30-minute online session is free for RRC Polytech staff and students!

Spring sessions run from March 29 to April 26. See below to learn about individual sessions and to register.

PART 1 – For Students Who Research and Cite

OneSearch: The Library’s Search Engine – March 29 at 12:15pm

The Library’s main search tool is similar to Google, however it is tailored to find materials in our Library. In this session, you will receive an overview of OneSearch, the tool that allows you to search, access, and enjoy the Library’s various collections.

Getting Started with Research* – March 31 at 12:15pm

This session provides the guidance you need for a solid start on your research. We provide an overview of various information sources, as well as the benefits and pitfalls of each. We also provide tips for staying organized and planning your project. At the end of this session, you will have a clearer idea of how to start your research.

*Related session: Enhancing Your Research Skills

Getting Started with APA Style 7th Edition – April 4 at 12:15pm

A post-secondary student’s first time following any academic writing style can, at first, feel scary and overwhelming. But don’t worry, the RRC Polytech Library is here to help you get ready to use APA confidently and competently.

This session will introduce you to the purpose and basic conventions of citing sources in-text and in a reference list using the APA Style 7th Edition. It will also include a demonstration of the many student-friendly APA resources available through RRC Polytech Library.

Enhancing Your Research Skills* – April 7 at 12:15pm

When it comes to research, many of us struggle with creating keywords and building them into useful search strategies. After this session, you will be familiar with how to break down your search question, find keywords, and use operators to create useful search strategies. These are essential skills which enable you to succeed in your research.

*Related session: Getting Started with Research

RefWorks: Reference Management – April 12 at 12:15pm

RefWorks simplifies the process of research, collaboration, data organization, and writing by providing an easy-to-use tool for citation, bibliography, and reference management. Learn the basics of using this web-based tool and make writing your papers that much easier.

PART 2 – For Nursing Students

Nursing Reference Center Plus – April 19 at 12:15pm

Designed specifically for nurses, this premier resource provides evidence-based information for point-of-care, along with skills videos, continuing education, drug databases, nursing research, and more. Come learn what the new Nursing Reference Center (NRC) PLUS can do for you.

The New PubMed – April 26 at 12:15pm

PubMed is an open-access database, created by the National Library of Medicine, that contains more than 30 million citations and abstracts of peer-reviewed biomedical literature. PubMed is used by researchers the world over. In this session, we will explore the multiple facets of the popular PubMed database.

Have questions?

Connect with us through ‘Ask Us’ at library.rrc.ca or visit us in person during regular Library hours. Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!

Written by Linda Fox, Program Support and Promotion

Library Lunch and Learn: Winter Schedule

January 5, 2022

RRC Polytech’s Library Lunch and Learn Winter Schedule offers weekly half-hour sessions from Jan. 11 – Mar. 2, 2022. Delivered via WebEx, these mini-lectures will highlight various tools, databases, and research methods recommended by our Library professionals.

Library Lunch and Learn topics will help you:

  • Find information more efficiently
  • Stay up-to-date on sources and search techniques
  • Take advantage of subscription-based databases

These sessions are free and open to all staff and students at the College. You are invited to attend as many sessions as you like.

For details and to register, visit the Library Lunch and Learn Workshops Calendar.

Student Registration Now Open for Online Anti-Racism Training on December 17

December 6, 2021

Our new Anti-Racism Training aims to support students in acknowledging how racism has shaped their thinking and actions, enhancing their knowledge, and speaking out against racism and systemic barriers.  

Students can register for this training here. 

The online training on December 17 via Webex will consist of the following schedule and content: 

Morning session (9am-12noon) 

  • Module 1 – Understanding Race and Racialization: Students will gain a foundational understanding about the connection between socio-cultural identities and the concept of race, and the effects of the process of racialization in creating privilege and different forms of racism. 
  • Module 2 – Understanding Systemic Racism: Students will identify uncover different myths related to race and racism, and gain a foundation understanding about the three levels of systemic racism. 

Afternoon session (1pm-3pm) 

  • Module 3 – Acknowledging Systemic Racism in Canadian History: Students will learn about the effect of Canadian narratives about racism, and the profound trauma on stories of racism in Canada related to colonialism, assimilation, segregation, and discrimination. 
  • Module 4 – Identifying Systemic Racism in Canada Today: Students will enhance their understanding of the three levels of systemic racism, applied to current situations in Canada. 

Watch the recording of the launch presentation of the Anti-Racism Training for Students during Truth and Reconciliation Week. For more information or any questions, please contact Nora Sobel (Academic Success Centre) at nsobel@rrc.ca.  

Library Lunch and Learn Fall Schedule

September 7, 2021

Are the Library’s Lunchtime Mini-Lectures For You?

Do you ever get overwhelmed when looking for materials in the Library’s collection? Do you feel clumsy about research or wish it was easier? If you answered yes, then our lunchtime mini-lectures are for you! At Library Lunch and Learn, you’ll get an overview of our subject-specific databases and learn ways to improve your research and citing skills.

All sessions are half an hour long and free for RRC staff and students!

When is Library Lunch and Learn?

Tuesdays, 12:15-12:45 pm (CT) from Sep 21 – Nov 9, 2021

Where are the sessions? How do I access them?

Sessions are online. A WebEx link is emailed to individuals after they sign up for a session. Links to register are provided in the descriptions below.

How can I contact the Library?

Connect with us by clicking on the Ask Us button at library.rrc.ca. We’d love to hear from you!

Fall Schedule: Session Titles, Descriptions, and Registration Links

library lunch and learn - nursing databases, and introduction

Sep 21 | Introduction to Nursing Databases

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Presenter: Rosemary Woodby

Knowing which databases are right for your research is important. Get an overview of our most popular nursing and allied health databases in this Library Lunch & Learn. We will briefly look at:

  • OneSearch
  • CINAHL
  • PubMed
  • Nursing Reference Center
  • UpToDate
  • Ovid
  • and more

library lunch and learn - crediting ideas, resources to avoid plagiarism

Sep 28 | Crediting Ideas: Resources to Avoid Plagiarism

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Presenter: Fatima DeMelo

Feeling anxious about accidental plagiarism? Need citations tools? Join us for an overview of challenges to crediting ideas in a paper and the tools to help cite your sources during the writing process.


Oct 5 | Business Research Basics: An Introduction to Business Databases

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Presenter: Lynn Gibson

Join us to learn about the many sources of Business Information the Library provides. Explore the Business Source Complete database which contains articles and detailed reports on industries, companies, current trends, news and more; learn to find Canadian Industry statistics and information in IBISWorld, and be introduced to MarketLine for industry and market statistics.


library lunch and learn - refworks, reference management

Oct 12 | RefWorks: Reference Management Software

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Presenter: Rosemary Woodby

For any person who needs to write and cite!

RefWorks simplifies the process of research, collaboration, data organization, and writing by providing an easy-to-use tool for citation, bibliography, and reference management.

Learn the basics of using this web-based tool and make writing your papers that much easier.


library lunch and learn - education databases, an introduction

Oct 19 | Introduction to Education Databases

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Presenter: Fatima DeMelo

For individuals who want a more focused approach to education topics, this overview looks at the education databases offered by the library. This session will focus on LearnTechLib: The Learning and Technology Library, Teacher Reference Centre, and ERIC for ways to navigate search interfaces and results.


library lunch and learn - uptodate, point-of-care clinical database

Oct 26 | UpToDate: Point-of-Care Clinical Database

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Presenter: John Mark Allen

UpToDate is a point-of-care medical and drug database that contains clinical information intended to assist medical professionals in treating their patients.  It is available to students and staff at Red River College from the Library’s website and can be accessed via an app from anywhere and at any time on your own mobile device. The database is intended for use in clinical settings specifically to improve patient treatment by delivering current information at the point of need, supporting timely decision making, and ensuring consistent care. Learn more about what this database has to offer and how to access and use it.


library lunch and learn - knovel, engineering database

Nov 3 | Knovel: Engineering Database

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Presenter: Rosemary Woodby

ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS!
Civil Engineering, Construction, Electrical & Power Engineering, Electronics & Semiconductors, Mechanics & Mechanical Engineering, Welding Engineering & Materials Joining

Knovel is more than a database of e-books covering a variety of engineering subject areas. This unique database also features interactive tools including Properties Materials Search; Interactive Equations, the browser-based calculation software – Equation Solver, detailed Unit Converter, Steam Calculators, Interactive Periodical Table, and the ability to create and share folders of your saved results and work.

Learn the basics of this powerful tool in a quick lunchtime lecture.


how to be info-savvy, navigating online information

Nov 9 | How to Be Info-Savvy: Tips for Navigating Online Information

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Presenter: Fatima DeMelo

Finding information online can seem overwhelming. Learn about the challenges to finding credible information on the web. This session also covers three frameworks to build a foundation for thoughtful searching online.

More Information

A calendar view of the Library Lunch and Learn schedule is available here >> Workshops/Events Calendar

Additional Library Lunch and Learn topics, accompanying materials, related guides, and recordings are available here >> Library Lunch and Learn page

Academic Success Centre develops new Anti-Racism Training for Students

March 17, 2021

Picture of Red River College buildingIn the context of March 21 – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and City of Winnipeg’s Anti-Racism Week from March 21-27, Academic Success Centre is proud to share that is finalizing the development of a new Anti-Racism Training for Students. Once finalized, this training will join our Diversity Training suite of workshops that already includes Intercultural Competence Training and Gender and Sexual Diversity Awareness Training. (More information about our Diversity Training is available here.)

When we think and talk about racism, most people reference examples of interactions between people. However, racism is also maintained by institutions and society through the implementation of policies, practices, and programs. This training is an introduction on how racism functions as an interconnected system. The training will go over historical instances of racism and it will also focus on current examples of racism.

It is our goal that the Anti-Racism Training will support our students and contribute to the College’s educational efforts in enhancing our knowledge and understanding about racism, acknowledging how racism has shaped our thinking and actions, and speaking out against racism and systemic barriers.

The Anti-Racism Training for Students includes key concepts and frameworks, as well as activities for reflection and discussion. The training also presents a curated suite of relevant videos to amplify the voices and lived experiences of racialized people and Indigenous people. At the end of each training module, students will receive a set of key strategies and resources to map out a personal Action Plan and foster an ongoing student learning and action experience.

After piloting this training in the Spring/Summer time, we expect to offer this training for students from the Fall academic term on. The training modules will be delivered as live workshops via Webex, and will also be recorded for later screening as needed. Workshops are facilitated by Academic Success Centre’s diversity facilitators, and faculty is encouraged to take advantage of this new resource to support their students and book workshops to be delivered during class time, as time allows.

As an additional resource, students and faculty can also access a new Anti-Racism Learning Toolkit developed together with Library staff. This guide is available here and features curated videos, readings and other resources from the College and the community at large.

For more information about the Anti-Racism Training for Students, please connect with Nora Sobel, Diversity Initiatives Coordinator (Academic Success Centre) at nsobel@rrc.ca.

Library Lunch and Learn | Spring 2021

March 14, 2021

Join us for LUNCH and LEARN a new skill!

RRC Library is offering its spring line-up of Library Lunch and Learn sessions, which highlight research-based topics and databases presented by our knowledgeable reference staff. These short webinars run from 12:15 to 12:45 pm, and allow time to interact and ask questions. For accompanying materials and pre-recorded versions, visit Library Lunch & Learn.

Spring Schedule (March/April)

The following live presentations require registration to attend. Once you have registered, you will receive a link to access the online session. To view the schedule at a glance, click here: Library Lunch and Learn Calendar.

Monday, March 22:
OneSearch (Database Instruction)

Library Lunch and Learn - OneSearch image

The new and improved OneSearch will search print books, ebooks, as well as 30+ full-text databases simultaneously. Join us for a live demonstration and instruction on how to use OneSearch – the Library’s Search engine. Click to register


Wednesday, March 24:
Research Skills – Part 1 of 2

Library Lunch and Learn - Research Skills image

The number one problem students have when searching is creating keywords and building them into useful search strategies. Join us and learn some more advanced techniques to break down your search question, make finding keywords easier, and using operators to create useful search strategies. Click to register


Thursday, March 25:
Research Skills – Part 2 of 2

Library Lunch and Learn - Research Skills image

The number one problem students have when searching is creating keywords and building them into useful search strategies. Join us and learn some more advanced techniques to breakdown your search question, make finding keywords easier, and using operators to create useful search strategies. Click to register


Monday, March 29:
RefWorks – Reference Management

Library Lunch and Learn - RefWorks image

RefWorks simplifies the process of research, collaboration, data organization, and writing by providing an easy-to-use tool for citation, bibliography, and reference management. Learn the basics of using this web-based tool and make writing your papers that much easier. For any person who needs to write and cite! Click to register


Wednesday, March 31:
UpToDate (Database Instruction)

Library Lunch and Learn - UpToDate iimage

UpToDate is a point-of-care medical and drug database that contains clinical information intended to assist medical professionals in treating their patients.  It is available to students and staff at Red River College from the Library’s website and can be accessed via an app from anywhere and at any time on your own mobile device. The database is intended for use in clinical settings specifically to improve patient treatment by delivering current information at the point of need, supporting timely decision making, and ensuring consistent care. Learn more about what this database has to offer and how to access and use it. Click to register


Wednesday, April 7:
Advanced CINAHL (Database Instruction)

Library Lunch and Learn - Advanced CINAHL image

CINAHL Plus with Full Text is the core research tool for all areas of nursing and allied health literature with full-text coverage of 770 health journals.  Attend this session if you would like to build better searches, know more about MeSH Subject headings, or just be more successful in your searches. Join us and get a look at this powerful database. This 30-minute webinar will allow time to ask questions. Click to register


Monday, April 12:
Peer-Review

Library Lunch and Learn - Peer-Review

Join us for a live discussion on Peer Review. For many disciplines, peer-reviewed research is required. Not sure if your perfect article is Peer-Reviewed? Check out this session to learn: what is a peer-reviewed (or scholarly) article or journal, how to identify a peer-reviewed article, and where to find peer-reviewed articles. This 30-minute webinar will allow time to ask questions. Click to register


Wednesday, April 14:
Business Source Complete (Database Instruction)

Library Lunch and Learn - Business Source Complete image

This essential database for business students contains tens of thousands of full-text journal and magazine articles as well as newspaper items and e-books. Find current news stories, case studies, industry reports, market research reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses, and more greatly enhance your understanding of the world of business. Click to register


Monday, April 19:
Crediting Ideas – Resources to Help Avoid Plagiarism

Library Lunch and Learn - Crediting Ideas image

Join us for a live discussion on how to credit your ideas and avoid plagiarism. This short overview offers students a chance to learn about citation tools and references to better credit ideas. Click to register


Wednesday, April 21:
Nursing Reference Center (Database Instruction)

Nursing student. Lunch and Learn logo. Text: Nursing Reference Centre - Nursing Database.

Designed specifically for nurses, this resource provides evidence-based information for point of care, continuing education, drug databases, nursing research, and more. Come learn what the Nursing Reference Center (NRC) can do for you. Click to register


Monday, April 26:
IBISWorld (Business Database Instruction)

Library Lunch and Learn - IBIS World

For Business students and anyone researching industry information, IBISWorld is a go-to database. It provides access to Canadian and US industry reports containing trends, market information, industry statistics, competitive landscape, and other industry-related information. Click to register


Wednesday, April 28:
PubMed (Biomedical Database Instruction)

Library Lunch and Learn - The New PubMed image

PubMed is an open-access database, created by the National Library of Medicine, that contains more than 30 million citations and abstracts of peer-reviewed biomedical literature. PubMed is used by researchers the world over. In this session, we will explore the multiple facets of the popular PubMed database. Click to register


Contact Us

If you have a question or comment regarding Library Lunch and Learn, please contact event organizer, Rosemary Woodby.

Library Lunch and Learn – February 2021

January 28, 2021

Join us for LUNCH and LEARN a new skill!

The world of information is increasingly vast and also tainted by a great deal of misinformation. Library Lunch and Learn is a series of mini-lectures designed to teach you the specifics of finding and evaluating information. We also demonstrate the ins and outs of individual databases, which offer a wealth of information catered to your area of expertise.

 

February 2021 Schedule

Below is the Library Lunch and Learn schedule for the month of February. We are now offering live (Webinar) as well as pre-recorded (Video) sessions. For a complete list of topics, visit the Library Lunch and Learn website, which also provides links to handouts, guides, and recordings. All sessions are also listed in the Library’s Events Calendar.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Live session: 12:15pm – 12:45pm (CT)

PubMed: Biomedical database instruction (Webinar)*

Library Lunch and Learn - The New PubMed

PubMed is an open-access database, created by the National Library of Medicine, that contains more than 30 million citations and abstracts of peer-reviewed biomedical literature. PubMed is used by researchers the world over. In this session, we will explore the multiple facets of the popular PubMed database. This 30-minute webinar will allow time to ask questions.

*Live session: registration required

Thursday, February 4, 2021
Live session: 12:15pm – 12:45pm (CT)

Crediting Ideas: Resources to Help Avoid Plagiarism (Webinar)*

Library Lunch and Learn - Crediting Ideas

Join us for a live discussion on how to credit your ideas and avoid plagiarism. This short overview offers students a chance to learn about citation tools and references to better credit ideas. This 30-minute webinar will allow time to ask questions.

*Live session: registration required

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Live session: 12:15pm – 12:45pm (CT)

Nursing Reference Center: Database instruction (Webinar)*

Library Lunch and Learn - Nursing Reference Centre

Designed specifically for nurses, this resource provides evidence-based information for point of care, continuing education, drug databases, nursing research, and more. Come learn what the Nursing Reference Center (NRC) can do for you. This 30-minute webinar will allow time to ask questions.

*Live session: registration required

Thursday, February 11, 2021
Recorded session: 12:15pm – 12:45pm (CT)

IBISWorld: Business database instruction (Video)

Library Lunch and Learn - IBIS World

This is a pre-recorded session. Please click the event link at any time in order to view the video.

For Business students and anyone researching industry information, IBISWorld is a go-to database. It provides access to Canadian and US industry reports containing trends, market information, industry statistics, competitive landscape, and other industry-related information.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Live session: 12:15pm – 12:45pm (CT)

RxTx: Pharmaceutical database instruction (Webinar)*

Library Lunch and Learn - RxTx

RxTx is Canada’s authoritative source for prescribing and managing drug therapy, providing online access to evidence-based, reliable Canadian drug, and therapeutic information. In this session, we will explore the multiple facets of the Canadian Pharmaceutical Association’s RxTx database. Join us for a live demonstration and instruction on how to use RxTx – the Canadian Pharmaceutical Association’s therapeutic database. This 30-minute webinar will allow time to ask questions.

*Live session: registration required

Thursday, February 18, 2021
Recorded session: 12:15pm – 12:45pm (CT)

How to be Info-Savvy: Tips for Navigating Online Information (Video)

Library Lunch and Learn - How to be Info-Savvy

This is a pre-recorded session. Please click the event link at any time in order to view the video.

(Formerly named: How not to drown in information)

How do we find creditable information without getting overloaded and cynical? Take the time to learn gain learn about the challenges in searching for accurate information online. In addition, develop some techniques to develop a savvy approach to information gathering for the assignment and beyond.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Recorded session: 12:15pm – 12:45pm (CT)

MarketLine: Business database instruction (Video)

Library Lunch and Learn - MarketLine

This is a pre-recorded session. Please click the event link at any time in order to view the video.

Business and Marketing students need to locate quality business information. Be sure to familiarize yourself with MarketLine to access 50,000 industry, company, and country profiles. Profiles offer standardized market data, competitive analysis, and other insights into business organization and function. You will also find socio and macroeconomic insights.

Thursday, February 25, 2021
Live session: 12:15pm – 12:45pm (CT)

Rejuvenate Your Learning: Making the Most of LinkedIn Learning (Webinar)*

Library Lunch and Learn - Rejuvenate your learnnig (LinkedIn Learning)

The learning videos formerly known as Lynda.com have found their way into course work and even our library guides. This session provides a refresher on what it is and navigating the various parts of a LinkedIn Learning Course to take advantage of this powerful tool for learning. Join us for a live demonstration of how to make the most of LinkedIn Learning. This 30-minute webinar will allow time to ask questions.

*Live session: registration required

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This academic year finds us in quite a different world; however, our commitment to providing you with the supports and services you need to succeed at RRC remains unchanged. As we continue this year together, the Academic Success Centre & Library are here for you.