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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! 

Fall 2019 - Spring 2020

Check back soon for upcoming workshops. 

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 Workshop

Are you looking to do a little more leisure reading? Or are you hoping to find more e-books to support your research? Did you know the library has eBooks and Audiobooks available through Overdrive? This workshop will introduce you to our Overdrive and other e-book collections, as well as other leisure reading & research opportunities through Clarkson University Libraries.

To see the recording of this workshop click here.

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. 

Graduate Workshop: Scientific Writing

To see the recording of this session, click here. 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.

Diving into Primary Sources: Government Information for Humanities

To see the recording of this session, click here. 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. 

To see the slides, download the PowerPoint Presentation.

Diving into Primary Sources: Government Information for Science & Engineering

To see the recording of this session, click here. 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. 

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

Diving into Primary Sources: Government Information for Business

To see the recording of this session, click here. 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. 

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

Graduate Workshop: Zotero

Graduate Students: Are you writing your citations by hand? You don't have to! Zotero is a citation management software that allows you save and organize bibliographic information about the resources you're referring to during your research. It then integrates with word processors, outputting formatted citations in any citation style. This workshop will contain everything you need to get started with Zotero.

Pirates and Trolls, Oh My! Copyright & Patent 101 

To see the recording of this session, click here. 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. 

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

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.