This guide will introduce you to the ARC Library and help you through the steps of conducting research and writing a research paper. Use the information in the above tabs to learn about finding and evaluating resources; the writing process; and avoiding plagiarism.
This page contains information about using the ARC Library. The librarians at ARC are available to help you with your research, so please do not hesitate to contact us directly or make an appointment for assistance.
The Research Help Desk, located in the back, right corner from the main entrance of the library, is staffed by a librarian during regular business hours. Please stop by or call (916) 484-8458 for assistance with your library questions. If you need lengthier research help, it is recommended that you make a research appointment. If you need to check out a book or have questions about your account, please speak with the circulation desk at the front of the library.
Students can instantly enroll in the Library's free Canvas course to access tutorials on conducting research, using OneSearch, evaluating sources, avoiding plagiarism, and citing.
Each of the 6 self-paced online modules takes about 15-30 minutes to complete. It is not necessary to complete the modules in order. Upon completion of a module and getting 75% or higher on its quiz, the option to fill out a certification of completion will appear in the module screen.
Did you know that the Library offers one-unit and three-unit for-credit courses on basic and advanced research skills? If you are looking for ways to improve your information literacy skills, we highly recommend them! Many of these fully online classes start in the second or third part of the term.
This guide was created by Jennifer O'Neal-Watts in Fall 2017. It was updated by Sarah Davis Fall 2020.