This semester, the Washington University Libraries are offering a series of free workshops designed for more advanced researchers. The series was created last year in response to graduate student and faculty requests for further training on specific topics. 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. This semester’s lineup includes repeats of popular sessions as well as some fresh additions.
All sessions take place in Olin Library's Arc Techology Lab, on Level A. Registration is recommended; go to wulibraries.doattend.com.
Become an Expert Library Researcher. 2-3 p.m. Thursday, September 4. Hone research skills and save time. We will cover interlibrary loan, microfilm and microfiche, advanced search techniques, and more.
Organizing Your Citations: Zotero & Evernote. 2-3 p.m. Thursday, September 11. Learn to create accounts, gather references and web clips, and organize your data using a bibliography tool called Zotero and a note-taking service called Evernote.
Finding and Using Images in Your Research. 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, September 16. Learn about multidisciplinary image sources, search strategies for finding images, and get tips for ethically using and citing images.
Open Studio: Wordpress. 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, September 23. Create easy-to-use websites without any knowledge of design or HTML. Explore WordPress with an instructor available for questions and basic tutorials.
Writing & Researching the Dissertation: Blueprint for Success. 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, October 7. Writing Center staff and librarians will share tips for managing dissertation research and writing.
Introduction to XML. 2-3 p.m. Thursday, October 9 The eXtensible Markup Language (XML) is a meta-language used to create markup languages to suit whatever purpose you may have. Learn the basic rules of XML as well as the basics of the popular XML editor, oxygen.
Embracing Copyright in Your Research, Writing, and Teaching. 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, October 14. Learn strategies for including copyrighted material in your work, and the application of Washington University’s IP policies to classroom instruction.
Open Access for WU Authors. 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, October 21. This session provides a quick overview of the WU Open Access Policy and your open access publishing options as an author at WU, from articles to books, from green to gold to platinum.
Build Your Online Research Presence with Your ETD. 2-3 p.m. Thursday, October 23. What happens when you submit your thesis or dissertation for electronic publication (ETD)? Find out about embargo options, why you may or may not need one, and how having your ETD in Open Scholarship can help expand the reach of your work.
Grants and Funding in the Arts & Humanities. 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, October 28. Learn about resources for finding arts and humanities funding opportunities. We will explore directories, guides, websites, and other resources, including Pivot and Grant Forward.
Research Metrics. 2-3 p.m. Thursday, October 30. Find out why citation metrics matter and how to determine a scholarly journal, article, or author’s impact factor.
Introduction to Creating Databases. 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, November. This session will give you a good foundational understanding of what databases are, when they might be used, and how you can begin using one minutes after the session.
Introduction to Database Scripting. 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 11. In this hands-on scripting course, you will learn how to retrieve and update information using the SQL language. The Introduction to Databases session is recommended but not required.
Introduction to GIS using AGOL & ArcMap. 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, November 18. GIS is a powerful tool for examining research questions with spatial elements. This session is designed to help researchers understand when and how to apply GIS to a research project.