September 2012 Archives

Important Announcements

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Welcome to the Fall 2012 Semester

We have a series of announcements that are of interest:

Travel Grants

Travel grants are now awarded for each semester.

See the COGS Website for more information

Free workshops from the Libraries during Fall semester!

Below is a sample of workshops we offer. To see the complete list and register go to:


Google: Advanced Searching for Researchers

Google is a research tool! Explore the new tools and technology that pair Google-efficient tools with library-quality results to weave together a rich information web that goes beyond the World Wide Web. Learn advanced search techniques and tools such as Google Scholar, Google Books, Alerts and more that will help you access, evaluate, and share information.

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

Google Scholar and Web of Science: Complementary Tools for Finding Academic Content

Learn how these two databases offer unique ways to retrieve and analyze academic research. Explore their broad subject coverage to do effective interdisciplinary research.

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 2:30pm - 3:30pm, Location: 310 Walter Library

Engineering: Find Better Information Faster

A quick tour of the resources available for finding the best information for your engineering research. We'll demonstrate how to find journal articles and conference papers using Engineering Village and Web of Science, show how to access reference books online using Knovel, and discuss best practices in patents and standards searching.

Wed, 10/10/2012 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm, Location: 310 Walter Library


Grant Funding for Graduate Students

Find out more about funding opportunities available to graduate students. Learn how to use IRIS, SPIN, and Community of Science and the Foundation Directory to search for grant opportunities. Resources for the course are listed under Searching at the Office of the VP for Research.

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 3:00pm - 4:15pm, Location: 310 Walter Library

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

Introduction to Data Management for Graduate Students

The digital research data that we generate is complex, messy, in obscure formats, and, there is a lot of it! In this workshop we will identify data management resources available to you at the UMN and discuss key considerations and best practices to help you manage the data deluge.

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 11:00am - 12:00pm, Location: 310 Walter Library

Managing Your Academic Identity

Managing your professional identity goes beyond making sure the Facebook party photos from your undergrad years are private. We'll talk about separating your online personal and professional identities and bringing all your professional work together in a place people will find it.

Tue, 09/11/2012 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm, Location: S30B Wilson Library


Formatting Your Dissertation or Thesis in *Microsoft Word*

Focus on your research instead of your formatting! Learn how to use Microsoft Word features effectively and efficiently to insert images and charts, get page numbers in the right place, generate tables of contents and figures; and more. We will be using a template and not be working with individual dissertations.

Class materials can be found on the Moodle page and this class is also available online.

Mon, 10/01/2012 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm, Location: 310 Walter Library

Introduction to Citation Managers

Learn why you should use a citation manager to organize and create bibliographies and in-text citations. This workshop will look at three common citation managers: RefWorks, EndNote and Zotero. Their features will be compared so you can decide which citation manager best meets your needs.

Note: Recorded workshop available.

Tue, 09/11/2012 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 11:00am - 12:00pm, Location: 310 Walter Library

RefWorks: Basics

Learn the basics of using RefWorks, the web-based citation manager that is available to all U of M Faculty, students and staff. Learn to add citations to RefWorks and create in-text citations and bibliographies in your Word documents using different citation styles (MLA, APA, etc.).

Note: This class is also available online.

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Location: 310 Walter Library

Mendeley: Get Organized

This hands-on class will cover how to use the free software Mendeley to better organize and access your electronic article library. Mendeley can automatically locate, rename, and organize your PDFs. It can even create bibliographies in any of hundreds of styles.

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 11:00am - 12:00pm, Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

Tue, 09/18/2012 - 2:30pm - 3:30pm, Location: 310 Walter Library

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 10:00am - 11:00am, Location: 310 Walter Library

Zotero: Basics

Zotero is a free Firefox extension that helps you collect citations and website information from within your Firefox browser. We'll show you how to install Zotero and use it to capture citations, organize your research, and format bibliographies and in-text citations.

This class is also available online and has Handouts in Moodle.

Tue, 09/25/2012 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm, Location: 310 Walter Library

EndNote: Basics

Learn to import citations, customize your account, and format your bibliographies and in-text citations. We'll also discuss using EndNote in conjunction with EndNoteWeb, a Web-based version of EndNote available for free to current University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff.

Note: Access self-paced online version of this course and Handouts in Moodle.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 11:00am - 12:30pm, Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

If these times are inconvenient or you can't get to campus,we also have a number of recorded workshops and tutorials at

Please let us know if you have any questions ( or comments.

The Office for Equity and Diversity's Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Awards program honors and acknowledges students from diverse backgrounds who are doing outstanding work at the University of Minnesota, both in and out of the classroom.

The 2012 SEED Award applications are now available! Obtain application information for both the undergraduate award and the graduate and professional award.

The application deadline for both awards is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 28. Please follow the application instructions on the respective forms.

This year's SEED Awards will be presented to students at the University of Minnesota's annual Equity and Diversity Breakfast on Wednesday, November 14.

Thank you for helping spread the word to students, and for encouraging faculty and staff to do the same!

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