Library Skills Program Exercises

This program will help you become familiar with the SRJC Libraries and will introduce you to basic library research tools. Doyle Library also offers an audio tour that will introduce you to the physical layout of the building, hours, services, and borrowing policies. To access the iPod tour, take your photo student ID card to the Periodicals Desk on the second floor in Doyle Library.

Guide on the Side Interactive Tutorials

These interactive tutorials guide a student through the features of library tools. Many tutorials end with a quiz that students may e-mail to instructors if extra credit is being offered.

    Explore Smart SearchEXPLORE SMART SEARCH

    This tutorial introduces students to database searching through Smart Search, an all-in-one discovery service.

    This tutorial will take around 10 minutes.


    Learn how to find e-books on a particular topic, how to narrow and limit search results, and how to locate information within each e-book. This tutorial will take around 10 minutes.

    Explore Sage KnowledgeEXPLORE SAGE KNOWLEDGE

    Learn how to find background information from authoritative, specialized subject encyclopedias. This tutorial will take around 10 minutes.


    This tutorial shows students how to create a NoodleBib account, cite print books, e-books, and online articles, and print a bibliography. This tutorial will take around 30-45 minutes.

    Explore Points of ViewEXPLORE POINTS OF VIEW

    Learn how to find pro/con essays and overviews on controversial topics that can help launch your research projects. This tutorial will take around 5-10 minutes to complete.

Need help with the Guides? See these troubleshooting tips. PRIMO Award

Printable Library Skills Exercises

Please note: The Printable Library Skills Exercises have been replaced by the Guide on the Side Interactive Tutorials. Printable Library Skills Excercises are no longer updated and will be removed at the end of Fall 2015 semester. Please contact your Library Liason for help with using our replacement Guides on the Side.

Each self-paced exercise takes about 20 minutes. You may do as many exercises as you wish, as often as you wish. To access the exercises, click the links below to print a copy.

The LIBRARY CATALOG (SMART SEARCH) exercise will help you learn to use the online catalog to find a book. The catalog can be searched from anywhere you have access to the Internet, whether on or off campus.

Search for information with FINDING ARTICLES USING SMART SEARCH to help you locate magazine and journal articles on particular topics.

The ENCYCLOPEDIAS exercise will help you learn to use specialized encyclopedias, locate print reference titles after using Smart Search, and find articles from online books by using Gale Virtual Reference Center.