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Library Research and Instruction During Campus Closure

This guide is for students and faculty who may have questions about library resources during the closure.

Research Help for Students

Even with a closed campus, you still have access to much of the library's collection and expert researchers (your faculty librarians)! Try one of these services:

Virtual Research Appointments

You can meet one-on-one with a librarian through a virtual appointment. Get help narrowing topics, developing research questions, finding appropriate sources, citations, and more. Get started by making a Research Appointment Request.

24/7 Chat Reference

Librarians are available 24/7 via chat reference. FLC librarians staff the chat service during regular business hours, and non-local librarians are available to answer questions during all other times of day (or night). You will see the Ask A Librarian chat icon from OneSearch and on the Library’s homepage. It's also available in all our research guides; see the lower right-hand corner of this page.

Canvas Research Tutorials

The Los Rios librarians have developed a series of information literacy and critical thinking modules in Canvas. Module topics include:

  • What is Research?
  • Getting Started with Research
  • OneSearch Basics
  • Evaluating Sources
  • Avoiding Plagiarism and Citing Sources
  • MLA Style for Community College Researchers
  • APA Style for Community College Researchers

Each lesson includes readings, videos, activities, and a quiz to assess students’ understanding of the material. Students can enroll in this self-paced Research Tutorial Course in Canvas.

Tips for Online Learning

If you share your workspace with family or roommates, wearing headphones can help with distractions. Go to MyNoise for all sorts of free background sounds and music to help you concentrate.

If you are new to online learning, check out these resources for some advice:

Online library resources

Even when library building is closed, you can still access all of our electronic materials. Below are some helpful links to get you started.