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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.  

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

You can see recordings from last year's workshop series, Ignite Your Inner Researcher, here.

Fall 2019 

 

Graduate Workshop: Finding Data & Statistics

Tuesday, November 12 at 5pm - Peterson Board Room (New Snell Hall 3rd floor)

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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? This workshop will discuss finding and evaluating this information.

Click here to join remotely via Zoom. 

Becoming Data Literate 

Wednesday, November 20 at 5pm - CAMP 178

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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. 

Click here to join remotely via Adobe Connect.

Graduate Workshop: Apps to Organize your Research Life

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

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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.

Click here to join remotely via Zoom. 

 

Recordings & Slides

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:

Spring 2020 (Tentative) 

Here is a tentative list of topics planned for Spring 2020 workshops: 

Candidate Research

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

Papers are Coming: Prepare for Your
Research Project

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. 

Citation Secret Weapon: Using Zotero

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!

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.

Is the Internet Spying on Me?
Privacy & Big Data

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.

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.