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Research Essentials

A General Guide to Research: how to research, where to look for sources, how to evaluate work, and where to get research help in the Iona University Libraries.

Library Workshops for Fall 2022

Discover helpful library resources, learn research skills, and connect with Iona University librarians in an exploratory environment by attending library workshops. Dates for the current semester are listed below; no RSVP required.


Library Workshop: Basics of Library Research
Description: An introduction to the Iona Libraries and the resources it offers. Learn where to find and how to use databases to search for academic sources.
Date: Thursday, September 22, 2022
Time: Noon – 12:40
Location: Ryan Library Classroom 201
Contact: dkaye@iona.edu


Library Workshop: Social Media Literacy and Information Overload
Description: An interactive conversation about social media, including details about the attention economy, digital literacy, using social media in research, privacy concerns, and when to log off.
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Time: 5:30 – 6:20
Location: Ryan Library Classroom 201
Contact: smeyer@iona.edu


Library Workshop: Research Question
Description: Learn about the research question: How to formulate a question, refine a question, and search for sources to write your paper.
Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022 
Time: Noon – 12:40
Location: Ryan Library Classroom 201
Contact: dkaye@iona.edu


Library Workshop: Citation Chasing, Plagiarism, and Citing Styles
Description: Learn how to chase down a citation, about the different types of plagiarism, and ways to avoid inadvertently plagiarizing. Will review MLA, APA, and Chicago citation formats.
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Time: Noon – 12:40
Location: Ryan Library Classroom 201
Contact: dkaye@iona.edu


Library Workshop: Choosing a Paper Topic
Description: Discussion of sustainable research topics and learn about library resources that can help you choose a paper topic.
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022
Time: Noon – 12:40
Location: Ryan Library Classroom 201
Contact: smeyer@iona.edu


Library Workshop: How Wikipedia Works
Description: Let’s talk about the website we all use despite ample warnings. Learn how Wikipedia works and how to use it as a bridge to academic sources.
Date: Thursday, November 10, 2022
Time: Noon – 12:40
Location: Ryan Library Classroom 201
Contact: smeyer@iona.edu