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Workshops: Reach for Excellence: 2019 - 2020

Reach for Excellence

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.  

Bring a "brown bag" dinner and your inquisitive nature! 

You can see past workshop recordings here.

Spring 2020 Workshop Schedule

Candidate Research

Monday, January 27 at 5pm - CAMP 178

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The 2020 presidential primaries are coming up! This workshop will discuss how to research the potential candidates in order to make an informed decision. 

Click here to join remotely via Adobe Connect

Graduate Workshop: Finding Data & Statistics

Tuesday, January 28 at 5pm - Peterson Board Room (New Snell Hall 3rd floor)

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This workshop will discuss how to find and how to evaluate available data sets and statistics.

Do data sets elude you on the internet? Does finding statistics make your head spin? Where does one even begin looking for good data and statistics anyway? How can you tell if they are good data and statistics?

Click here to join remotely via Zoom. 

Graduate Workshop: Dissertation Literature Review Boot Camp: Part 1

Tuesday, February 4 at 5pm - Peterson Board Room (New Snell Hall 3rd floor)

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The workshop will cover graduate-specific library privileges, effective research and citation practices, writing from sources and a general introduction to the literature review process.

New to research at the graduate level or just need a refresher? Not sure how to move from research to writing? Join us for this workshop focusing on entering an academic conversation through research and writing. 

Click here to join remotely via Zoom. 

Graduate Workshop: Dissertation Literature Review Boot Camp: Part 2

Tuesday, February 11 at 5pm - Peterson Board Room (New Snell Hall 3rd floor)

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The workshop will cover graduate-specific library privileges, effective research and citation practices, writing from sources and a general introduction to the literature review process.

New to research at the graduate level or just need a refresher? Not sure how to move from research to writing? Join us for this workshop focusing on entering an academic conversation through research and writing. 

Click here to join remotely via Zoom. 

Papers are Coming: Prepare for Your Research Project

Monday, February 17 at 5pm - CAMP 178

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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. 

Click here to join remotely via Adobe Connect

Graduate Workshop: Citation Management Systems

Tuesday, February 25 at 5pm - Peterson Board Room (New Snell Hall 3rd floor)

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This workshop will contain everything you need to get started with Zotero or Mendeley.

Are you writing your citations by hand? You don’t have to! Zotero & Mendeley are citation management software programs that allow you save and organize bibliographic information about the resources you are referring to during your research. It then integrates with word processors, outputting formatted citations in any citation style.

Click here to join remotely via Zoom. 

Graduate Workshop: Data Visualization

Tuesday, March 3 at 5pm - Peterson Board Room (New Snell Hall 3rd floor)

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This workshop is designed to increase your familiarity with basic principles of designing meaningful data visualizations.

Following a discussion of how the brain “preattentive processing” handles visual information, the workshop will cover basic principles for determining the best visualization to use given your message, audience and the type of data you are working with.

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Citation Secret Weapon: Using Zotero
Monday, March 9 at 5pm - CAMP 178

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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!

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Graduate Workshop: Scholarly Publishing

Tuesday, March 10 at 5pm - Peterson Board Room (New Snell Hall 3rd floor)

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This workshop will offer an introduction to scholarly publishing for graduate students or early-career academics.

Come learn more about the typical process of submitting, revising, and publishing a scholarly journal article, some tips on securing author’s rights, and resources available through the University Libraries for identifying journals for publication, sharing your work, and determining scholarly impact.

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Graduate Workshop: Staying up to Date in your Field: Business

Tuesday, March 24 at 5pm - Peterson Board Room (New Snell Hall 3rd floor)

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This workshop will discuss ways to keep up with current trends in the scholarly literature.

Overwhelmed by the amount of current business literature? How do you stay up to date with it all? If you find this a challenging prospect, the library has tools to help!

Click here to join remotely via Zoom. 

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly:
Evaluating Sources

Monday, March 30 at 5pm - CAMP 178

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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.

Click here to join remotely via Adobe Connect

Graduate Workshop: Staying up to Date in your Field: The Sciences (Chemistry, Physics, Math, Computer) 

Tuesday, March 31 at 5pm - Peterson Board Room (New Snell Hall 3rd floor)

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This workshop will discuss ways to keep up with current trends in the scholarly literature.

Overwhelmed by the amount of current literature in your field? How do you stay up to date with it all? If you find this a challenging prospect, the library has tools to help!

Click here to join remotely via Zoom. 

Graduate Workshop: Staying up to Date in your Field: Humanities

Tuesday, April 7 at 5pm - Peterson Board Room (New Snell Hall 3rd floor)

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This workshop will discuss ways to keep up with current trends in the scholarly literature as well as how to weed through all of the old literature to find what you’re looking for.

Overwhelmed by the amount of humanities literature? How do you stay up to date with it all? If you find this a challenging prospect, the library has tools to help!

Click here to join remotely via Zoom. 

Graduate Workshop: Staying up to Date in your Field: Engineering

Tuesday, April 14 at 5pm - Peterson Board Room (New Snell Hall 3rd floor)

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This workshop will discuss ways to keep up with current trends in the scholarly literature.

Overwhelmed by the amount of engineering literature? How do you stay up to date with it all? If you find this a challenging prospect, the library has tools to help!

Click here to join remotely via Zoom. 

Is the Internet Spying on Me?
Privacy & Big Data

Monday, April 20 at 5pm - CAMP 178

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What do companies know about me? What am I agreeing to when I use social media? How safe are those mail-in DNA kits? What about facial recognition?  This workshop will discuss the increasing tracking and use of data on the internet and potential privacy concerns in today’s world.

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Graduate Workshop: Building your Online Presence & Demonstrating your Research Impact

Tuesday, April 21 at 5pm - Peterson Board Room (New Snell Hall 3rd floor)

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This workshop will discuss metrics associated with scholarly output as well as ways to increase your scholarly visibility and demonstrate your research impact within the research community.

In today’s scholarly climate, it is more important than ever for faculty and graduate students to be able to publicize and promote their work. But, given the rise of social media and alternative metrics, it is also becoming more challenging. Participants will also be given a chance to share their own tips and tricks for raising their public scholarly profile. 

Click here to join remotely via Zoom. 

Recordings & Slides: Fall 2019

Papers are Coming: Prepare for
Your Research Project

In this session we discuss 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 review the slides, download the PowerPoint:

Graduate Workshop: Citation Management Systems

Graduate Students: Are you writing your citations by hand? You don't have to! Zotero & Mendeley are citation management software programs that allow 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 or Mendeley.

To see the recording of this session, click here.

To review the slides, download the PowerPoint: 

Zotero Advanced Tips & Tricks

We'll start with a quick demonstration on how to use Zotero, but we'll also discuss some more advanced features of Zotero. How do I make Groups in Zotero? How do I clean up duplicates? How does the new retraction feature in Zotero work? Learn about these advance level Zotero tips and tricks in this workshop. 

To see a recording of this session, click here.

To review the slides, download the PowerPoint:

Graduate Workshop: Advanced Reading Strategies: Increasing the Efficiency of Scholarly Research 

Learn how to maximize your reading efficiency! To achieve academic success it is crucial for students to develop superior strategies for reading and learning from text. In this workshop you will learn techniques for reading various kinds of academic texts, strategies for enhancing retention and recall of information, and methods for reading faster and more efficiently.   

To see a recording of this session, click here. 

To review the slides, download the PowerPoint:

Faculty Workshop: Optimizing Your Online Presence
& Demonstrating Your Research Impact

In today’s scholarly climate, it is more important than ever for faculty and graduate students to be able to publicize and promote their work. But, given the rise of social media and alternative metrics, it is also becoming more challenging. The Clarkson University Librarians will showcase ways you can increase your scholarly visibility and demonstrate your research impact. Participants will also be given a chance to share their own tips and tricks for raising their public scholarly profile.

To see a recording of this session click here. 

To review the slides, download the PowerPoint: 

Graduate Workshop: Presentation Skills: Part 1 (Lecture)  

Do you have a conference presentation coming up? Maybe you have to give a presentation as part of a job interview? Need to practice in a low-stakes environment? Part 1 of this two part workshop will focus on giving you the tips and tricks you need to make the most of your presentation delivery.

To see a recording of this session click here. 

To review the slides, download the PowerPoint: 

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

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. 

Click here to view the recording.

To review the slides, download the PowerPoint:

Secrets of Google

Just about everyone uses Google, but how much do we really know about it? What are filter bubbles? Can Google be manipulated? How do Google’s algorithms work anyway? Our workshop will discuss these issues, along with some useful Google tools you may not be familiar with. 

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To review the slides, download the PowerPoint:

Graduate Workshop: Presentation Skills: Part 2 (Practice)  

Do you have a conference presentation coming up? Maybe you have to give a presentation as part of a job interview? Need to practice in a low-stakes environment? Part 2 of this two part workshop will give you an opportunity to practice your presentation and receive feedback in front of a live audience!

Click here to view the recording. 

To review the slides, download the PowerPoint.

Graduate Workshop: Maximizing Google  

How many times a day do we all just looking something up on Google? It’s quick, it’s easy, it can answer our most basic questions more efficiently than any other technology out there. Make the most of your Googling with a series of advanced tips and tricks to maximize your use of the most commonly used internet search engine!

Click here to join remotely via Zoom.

To review the slides, download the PowerPoint. 

Faculty Workshop: Copyright in the Classroom

The move toward increasing use of online learning spaces has created increased tension between educational objectives and the requirements of copyright law. This library workshop will discuss the basics of copyright law and address some of the commonly asked questions and challenges of copyright law for university faculty. Participants will also have a chance to ask their copyright questions. 

 

To review the slides, download the PowerPoint below:

Becoming Data Literate 

Data and numbers can be intimidating, but they don’t need to be! Some of us tune out when we hear numbers, or assume that anyone using data must be correct, but the reality is more complicated. In this workshop, learn how to spot problematic statistics, the difference between causation and correlation, how to critique a graph, and how to analyze polling data. 

To view the recording, click here.

To review the slides, download the PowerPoint:

Graduate Workshop: Apps to Organize your Research Life

Are you using your mobile devices to their fullest extent for your research needs? This workshop will explore a variety of apps that you can use to help you organize your research and data.

To review the slides, download the PowerPoint:

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.