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February 16, 2009

Who owns your scholarship?

Registration is officially closed, but you can still join us TODAY (Monday, February 16) at 2:30 in the Coffman Great Hall to hear a presentation by Dr. Kenny Crews, Founding Director of Columbia University's Copyright Advisory Office. Dr. Crews is known as an engaging and knowledgeable speaker, and in just two hours you will:

  • Get concrete ideas on how to increase the visibility of/access to your work while still retaining ownership
  • Find out how the U's new copyright policy (approved by the Regents in 2007) applies to you
  • Discuss these issues with faculty from across the campus
  • Satisfy the Awareness/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing ed requirement

All that, and refreshments too! More information here.

January 7, 2009

Science and Engineering Library Winter Workshop Series

These workshops are located in Walter Library Rm 310. Many more workshops are available through the University Libraries. Find out more by clicking links below!

Monday, January 12, 2:00-3:00: Research Made Easy: Discover the Web of Science
Tuesday, January 13, 2:00-3:00: Google for Researchers
Tuesday, January 13, 3:00-4:00: Getting Published: How to Publish Your Science Research Article
Wednesday, January 14, 3:00-4:00: Web Tools for Working Collaboratively

Morning workshops are also available at Magrath Library.

Research Made Easy: Discover the Web of Science

Unlock doors to countless research articles in the sciences and beyond in one of the most powerful cross-disciplinary citation indexes available: the Web of Science. This introductory workshop is ideal for undergraduates or graduates beginning their research process who are looking for a better way of searching, one that goes beyond simply skimming the surface! Plus, with the unveiling of a new interface, even experienced Web of Science users will learn new tricks that will make their literature research a seamless and continuous process.

We will cover search strategies, article retrieval, journal ranking, and exporting citations to Endnote. Subject examples will focus on the sciences, but arts, humanities and social sciences are also covered by this index.
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Google for Researchers

With Google, you already search the web, share photos/movies/music, map directions and discover new things...but there are some tools you may have missed. This web search engine is on a mission to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible." So let's 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 just the World Wide Web. We'll look at tools such as, Google Docs, RSS Reader, Google Scholar, and iGoogle Research Gadgets that will help you access, evaluate, and share information in an easy collaborate environment.
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Getting Published: How to Publish Your Science Research Article

This workshop, intended for graduate students and newer faculty in the sciences, will help you identify appropriate journals to which to submit your article and discuss how to manage your rights when signing a contract with a publisher. Join your colleagues to share your ideas and discuss the issues you face as an emerging academic author.
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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. Adding references to RefWorks will be covered, as well as exporting them to Word, and selecting a style (MLA, APA, etc) for your bibliography. See http://www.lib.umn.edu/refworks/ for more details about RefWorks.
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Web Tools for Working Collaboratively

Whether working with your colleagues across the University or around the world, it can be challenging to collaborate when you are in separate locations. Learn about web-based resources, both at the University and freely available on the web, that can help you to effectively collaborate. We will include resources such as Google Docs, del.icio.us and UThink.
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September 3, 2008

Keeping Track of Your Research

Tired of keeping long lists of citations you might need later in a Word document? Or worse, a stack of notecards?

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To make your life easier, University Libraries subscribes to RefWorks, an online citation management tool. Refworks helps students, faculty, and staff by making it easy to save citations (usually without transcribing anything), sort or filter them, and format them into bibliographies. You can create as many RefWorks accounts as you need, making it an ideal tool for sharing citations with your research group.

Want to get started? Jon Jeffryes and I will be teaching an hour-long RefWorks Basics workshop on September 9 at 2:30. For more information or to register, click here.

July 1, 2008

Summer 2008 Workshops

There's still plenty of time to learn something new at the library this summer!

Join us at Walter Library for:

July 9 Google for Researchers 1:00-2:00
July 23 RefWorks Basics 1:00-2:00
August 18 RefWorks Basics 2:00-3:00
August 21 Grant Funding for Grads 9:00-10:15
July 16 Create your Powerpoint Poster 2:00-2:45

More workshops held at McGrath and Bio-Med libraries.