In response to graduate student and faculty requests for further training on specific topics, Washington University Libraries is offering a series of free workshops this spring designed for more advanced researchers. Except where otherwise noted, each session is one hour long and takes place in Olin Library's Arc, on Level A.
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 at http://wulibraries.doattend.com.
Research Management: Zotero (10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28; 12 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19; 2 p.m. Thursday, March 20; OR 4 p.m. Friday, April 18) Explore the capabilities of Zotero, a simple web-based tool that helps you effectively collect, organize, cite, and share research sources, in this hands-on workshop.
Researching the Literature Review (2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4) Learn how to properly manage and organize research data for optimal adherence to federal requirements and general best practices.
How to Make Your Scholarly Work Open Access (12 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11) Come for a quick overview of the WU Open Access Policy and a discussion of open access publishing options in one’s discipline.
Public Health: Introduction to Data Management, from Collection to Analysis (2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20) This first in a three-part hands-on series of workshops will cover the basic aspects of data management, starting with planning, collecting, entering, and cleaning the data.
Data Management Best Practices (2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27) Learn how to properly manage and organize research data for optimal adherence to federal requirements and general best practices.
Relational Database Design (2 p.m. Tuesday, March 4) This hands-on workshop will explore the basics of relational database design, from planning and organization to storage options
Public Health: Basic Data Management Using SPSS (2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6) This second hands-on workshop in a three-part series will use SPSS and cover opening/importing/exporting data, value labels, using syntax, creating variables, graphs, and more.
Embracing Copyright in Your Research, Writing, and Teaching (2 p.m. Tuesday, March 18) Explore strategies for including copyrighted material in one’s work, seeking permission, and applying the university’s intellectual property policies to classroom instruction.
Public Health: Intermediate Data Management Using SPSS (2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25) This final hands-on workshop in a three-part series will use SPSS and explore more advanced techniques including merging multiple datasets, collapsing datasets and transposing or ‘flipping’ the data.
Collecting and Mapping Data in OpenStreetMaps (1 p.m. Thursday, March 27) Attendees will collect data using a GPS device and take it into the lab to clean it and add and edit it in OpenStreetMaps, an open source and open access mapping system.
Introduction to WordPress (2 p.m. Tuesday, April 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.
Beautiful Soup: Pulling Data From the Web (10 a.m. Friday, April 25, in the GIS Lab [Rudolph Hall 308]) This workshop will demonstrate using Beautiful Soup, a Python library useful for web scraping, to pull data out of HTML files.
Introduction to XML (2 p.m. Tuesday, April 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.