In response to graduate student and faculty requests for further training on specific topics, Washington University Libraries is offering a series of free one-hour workshops this fall designed for more advanced researchers.
The wide range of focused sessions all have in common the intersection of scholarly research and technology, providing practical help with key tools, research trends, and issues. Registration is recommended for each of the upcoming workshops listed below, with further details (and spring session dates) at http://wulibraries.doattend.com.
"We hope to continually add more workshops each academic year to support graduate student research needs," says Cynthia Hudson, digital data outreach librarian. "We actually have a number of additional topics that we were not able to include this first year but hope to offer soon."
Students and faculty are also welcome to suggest future workshops. Send ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Data Management Best Practices (2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24) Learn how to properly manage and organize research data for optimal adherence to federal requirements and general best practices.
Beautiful Soup: Pulling Data from the Web (10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27) This workshop will demonstrate using Beautiful Soup, a Python library useful for web scraping, to pull data out of HTML files.
Introduction to WordPress (2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15) WordPress has become the go-to method for creating websites with little knowledge of design or HTML. Learn how to create a basic site.
Researching the Literature Review (1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17) Learn and practice strategies for thorough searches in appropriate sources as well as techniques such as controlled vocabulary and filtering results.
Introduction to XML (2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29) The eXtensible Markup Language (XML) is not a language itself, but rather a meta-language. Learn the basic rules of XML and the philosophy behind it.
Embracing Copyright in Your Research, Writing, and Teaching (2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6) Explore strategies for including copyrighted material in one’s work, seeking permission, and applying the university’s intellectual property policies to classroom instruction.
How to Make Your Scholarly Work Open Access (1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13) Come for a quick overview of the WU Open Access Policy and a discussion of open access publishing options in one’s discipline.
ArcGIS for STEM Disciplines (1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21) Communicating data’s message outside of one’s respective field of science, technology, engineering, or math can be difficult. Learn to incorporate GIS (geographic information systems) for data analysis and visualization.
See http://wulibraries.doattend.com for workshop locations, instructors, descriptions, and registration.