Library Workshops & Orientations

The Renton Technical College Library offers a variety of free information literacy workshops for RTC students, faculty and staff. These workshops teach how to find, evaluate and use information more effectively, efficiently and independently.

The available "canned" workshops are listed below but instructors may also request customized workshops for their classes or workshops combining some of the topics listed below. For more information about scheduling a library workshop, click here.

Orientations Includes Info About
Orientation to the RTC Library Services available from the RTC Library and how to access those services. A simplified version is available for ESL students.
Introduction to Libraries Includes Info About
Library Terminology Particularly designed for low-level ESL students to learn basic library terminology.  Uses a game show format.
Practicing Library Situations Particularly designed for low-level ESL students to practice basic library situations such as checking out, returning and renewing library materials. Uses role playing format.
Using an English Language Dictionary Particularly designed for ESL students to learn the basics of using an English language dictionary.
Online Resources Includes Info About
Basic Research Overview of the plan-do-review-process, basic search strategies, and a demo of several online resources. Note: this is not a hands-on practice with computers. For hands-on practice, see other sessions such as "online resources" or specific database sessions.
Web Searching with Google How to conduct basic and advanced searches of websites in Google.
Online Job Search How to use the web as one tool in your job search process.
Using NoodleBib to Cite Sources Using NoodleBib subscription to create MLA or APA style bibliographies online,  printing and saving bibliographies..
Online Resources An quick overview of some basic search strategies and hands-on practice with a few databases and resources pertinent to student's programs and classes.
Online Catalog and Finding Materials in the RTC Library How to conduct searches in the RTC Library’s online catalog, how to read and interpret Dewey Decimal and call numbers in order to find materials on the Library’s shelves.
CINAHL with Full Text Online Database How to access EbscoHost's CINAHL online database, print out, cite, and save articles.
eLibrary Online Database How to access and conduct searches in the eLibrary online database.  Also includes information on how to print and save information from the database.
Gale Online Encyclopedias How to access and conduct searches in several Gale online encyclopedias.
Grolier Online Encyclopedias How to access and conduct searches in the two Grolier encyclopedias:
  • Encyclopedia Americana
  • Grolier's Multimedia Encyclopedia
ProQuest Online Database How to access ProQuest, conduct searches for periodical articles, print out articles, cite, and save articles.
ReferenceUSA Online Database How to access and conduct searches in the Business Database and Residential Database sections of the ReferenceUSA online database. Also includes information on how to print and save information from the database.
WOIS Online Database Conducting occupational searches in WOIS, printing and saving results.
Other Workshop Topics Includes Info About
Getting the Most from Your Textbook How to use the table of contents, index, glossary, and other parts of your textbook to find information effectively and efficiently.
Selecting the Best Sources of Information Magazines vs. journals, primary vs. secondary sources, variety of information formats and sources, how information “ages”, web sites vs. online databases, criteria for selecting sources.
Basic Search Strategies Identifying keywords, keyword vs. subject searching, Boolean searching, using narrower vs. broader terms, other search tips.
Program or Subject-Specific Reference Sources How to use a variety of print and web reference sources for a specific program or subject such as Business Reference Sources, Legal Reference Sources or Medical Reference Sources.
Evaluation of Information Distinguishing between fact and opinion, general criteria for evaluating information, specific criteria for evaluating different types of websites.
Information Ethics Discussion of information ethics including intellectual freedom, confidentiality, copyright and plagiarism.
Using Your Public Library’s Resources Locations of local public libraries (KCLS, SPL), services they offer, how to use their online catalogs and log into their online databases.

Information About Scheduling Workshops

Available to: Any current RTC faculty or staff member and to current RTC students as arranged with their instructor.

Instructors are expected to attend workshops with their class unless specific arrangements have been made with the librarian.
Dates and Time: As requested by RTC faculty for their classes.  Done by mutual arrangement with any RTC librarian.  Some drop-in workshops may be scheduled by RTC librarians for any RTC patron to attend.
Location: RTC Boeing Library Classroom (RTC Technology Resource Center, Room C-204) or another electronic classroom by special arrangement.
Workshop Size: Up to 24 attendees with a desired minimum of 5 attendees.
Workshop Content: Each session is designed to be competency-based active learning and may include an assignment to assess competency. (Assignment is optional per instructor’s request).
Workshop Length: Each workshop session is designed to be one hour in length.  There may be some time available in the workshops to complete the workshop assignment but some assignments may need extra time outside of the workshop to be completed.
Workshops Series: Workshops can either be scheduled as individual units or as a series of sessions based on the request of the instructor. 
Customized Workshops: RTC faculty may request customized workshops for their classes in addition to the list of “canned” workshops.
Prerequisites: Some sessions may have recommended prerequisites (such as basic keyboarding and mouse skills or the completion of another workshop session).
How to schedule: Done by RTC faculty or staff member in conjunction with an RTC librarian, preferably with at least one week’s notice when possible. To schedule a library orientation or workshop click here.
Questions? Contact or (425) 235-2331.