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News & Events: Library Workshops

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

Check back soon for upcoming workshops. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Spring 2020 (Tentative) 

Check back soon for upcoming workshops. 

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.