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Workshops: Ignite Your Inner Researcher: 2018-19

Ignite Your Inner Researcher

Research is a form of inquiry - you have a question and investigate the answer. Attend the University Libraries' workshop series and gain skills to become a better and more confident researcher.  

Feel free to bring a "brown bag" dinner and definitely bring your inquisitive nature! 

Upcoming Workshops - Fall 2018

Graduate Workshop: Scientific Writing

Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 5pm - Petersen Board Room or Remotely

Looking to produce a paper for publication? This workshop will discuss the different formats used when producing scholarly works and when different formats are appropriate. We will also discuss literature searching strategies to help you produce high quality work before you begin submitting.
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To join the meeting remotely, click here.

Fall 2018 Workshop Recordings

To view workshop recordings you will need to download Adobe Connect. If you have not already installed Adobe Connect, after you click on the link to the recording, you should be taken to a page that will prompt you to download Adobe Connect. Once you download the application, any time you click a link to a recording it should prompt you to open Adobe Connect. 

You may also need to update your flash player. You can find instructions here. If you have any trouble accessing recordings or PowerPoint slides, please contact refdesk@clarkson.edu. 

Indulge at the Library: An Overdrive eBook & Audiobook Workshop

To see the recording of this session, click here.  In the recording we discuss how to search in Overdrive, and how to add e-books and Audiobooks to your devices. As a bonus, in response to an audience question we also discuss how to access and use e-books in our ProQuest e-book collection. As always, if you have any questions about Overdrive or ProQuest, email us at refdesk@clarkson.edu.

To see the slides from this session, with step-by-step screenshots, download the PowerPoint presentation:

Papers are Coming: Prepare for Your Research Project

To see the recording of this session, click here. In this session we discussed reasons to use academic databases rather than Google, types of sources, narrowing a topic, some basic searching skills, and how to get help with your research. For additional help with your research, email us at refdesk@clarkson.edu. 

To see the slides from this session, download the PowerPoint Presentation.

Citation Secret Weapon: Using Zotero

To see a recording of this workshop, click here. Afraid of getting in trouble for plagiarizing? Intimidated by citations and reference lists? This workshop will discuss ways to avoid plagiarism and introduce you to the citation management software Zotero. Zotero helps organize your sources and save citation information... and helps you create your citations and reference lists! 

To see the slides from this session, download the PowerPoint below.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Tips for Evaluating Sources

To see a recording of this session, click here. What is the difference between a scholarly source and a news source? What is peer review? How do I evaluate sources I find on the web? This workshop will help answer these questions and ensure you're using the best sources for your next research project. 

To see the slides from this presentation, download the PowerPoint below.

Don't Become Prey: Avoiding Predatory Journals & Publishers

*NOTE: Due to a technical failure, the audio of this workshop did not record. We are posting the slides from the presentation below and plan to offer the workshop again in the spring. We are also happy to visit your classroom to discuss these issues, or to meet with you one-on-one. Please email refdesk@clarkson.edu. 

An unfortunate and unintended side effect of the increasing availability of open access publishing open has been a rise in "predatory" publishers. This workshop will discuss how to get your work published and what a "predatory" publisher is, and share tips and tricks for avoiding "predatory" publishers. 

To see the slides from this presentation, download the PowerPoint below.

Graduate Workshop: Plagiarism 

To see the recording of this session, click here. What is plagiarism, why does it matter, and how can I avoid it? Knowing the answers is essential to your academic success. These questions and more will be addressed as we also discuss best practice strategies to conduct responsible and professional research in this workshop for Graduate Students.

To see the slides & supplementary material from this session, download the PowerPoint Presentation and supplemental materials.

Upgrade Your Presentation: Tricks to Finding Images & Multi-Media

To see the recording of this workshop, click here

Unsure where to find images, video and other multi-media to use in classroom presentations? This workshop will discuss where to find non-text resources for your presentations, as well as best practices for citing these sources. 

To see the slides for this workshop, please click here to download the PowerPoint. 

Tentative Schedule Spring 2019

 

Indulge at the Library: An Overdrive Workshop

January

Are you looking to do a little more leisure reading? Did you know the library has eBooks and Audiobooks available through Overdrive? This workshop will introduce you to our Overdrive collection and discuss how to download and use eBooks and Audiobooks. 

 

Papers are Coming: Prepare for Your Research Project

January

Getting started on your first research project or unsatisfied with the research results you have found? This workshop will discuss how to get started on a research project, the basics of using library databases, how to best use the results you find, and how to get one-on-one help with your research. 

 

The Citation Secret Weapon: Using Zotero

February

Afraid of getting in trouble for plagiarizing? Intimidated by citations and reference lists? This workshop will discuss ways to avoid plagiarism and introduce you to the citation management software Zotero. Zotero helps organize your sources and save citation information... and helps you create your citations and reference lists! 

 

Diving into Primary Sources: Government Information for Humanities

March

Did you know the government can be a great source of information? This workshop will introduce you to some government websites and repositories related to the humanities and suggest ways to find other sources of government information. 

 

Diving into Primary Sources: Government Information for Science & Engineering

March

Did you know the government can be a great source of information? This workshop will introduce you to some government websites and repositories related to science and engineering and suggest ways to find other sources of government information. 

 

Diving into Primary Sources: Government Information for Business

March

Did you know the government can be a great source of information? This workshop will introduce you to some government websites and repositories related to business and suggest ways to find other sources of government information. 

 

Pirates and Trolls, Oh My! Copyright & Patent 101

April

What is pirating? What is a patent troll? Are you working on a paper for publication? Starting your own business? This workshop will explain what copyright protections and patents are, as well as the basics of the relevant law. 

 

Don't Become Prey: Avoiding Predatory Journals & Publishers

April

An unfortunate and unintended side effect of the increasing availability of open access publishing open has been a rise in "predatory" publishers. This workshop will discuss how to get your work published and what a "predatory" publisher is, and share tips and tricks for avoiding "predatory" publishers. 

Faculty

Offering Extra Credit

Would you like to offer your students extra credit for attending one or more of these library workshops? 

Contact Lisa Hoover at lhoover@clarkson.edu or x3760 and we would be happy to take attendance for you. 

Custom Sessions

Would you like a librarian to create a custom workshop for your class? A librarian can visit your class for a custom lecture or workshop tailored to your class assignment(s). Fill out a request or email us at refdesk@clarkson.edu. 

Unable to Make it?

Do you need help, but are unable to make it to one of workshops? Make an appointment to meet with a librarian one-on-one for help with your research project, or email us at refdesk@clarkson.edu.