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Walter Library is hosting a week of workshops to kick-off the new year and give you the research advantage. Each session is free to register and held in Walter Library.
Introduction to Citation Managers
Online resources are available
Next week I'm teaching a workshop called Excel for Engineers and Scientists. I taught a similar workshop at the instructor's request for a Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering class last winter, and have been eager to try it again as an open workshop. I'll be teaching primarily about using Visual Basic for Applications to interact with Excel.
In the BBE class, I showed them how to solve a particular watershed problem from their homework. I could use more good engineering examples. If you've got one, or if you've got suggestions about what engineers should know about using Excel, I'd love to hear from you. Email me, or leave a comment.
Next week, librarians at Walter Library will be offering two workshops designed for graduate students and early-career faculty:
- Monday, 10/19 (1:30-2:30) Getting Published: How to Publish Your Science Research Article will help you identify journals to consider when submitting your article and discuss how to manage your rights when signing a contract with a publisher.
- Tuesday, 10/20 (3:00-4:15) Grant Funding - Search Tools and Resources introduces you to searching for grant opportunities with IRIS, SPIN, and Community of Science and the Foundation Directory. You'll learn to set up email updates on specific subjects, as well as find out about internal U of M funding sources.
We hope to record these sessions. If you can't attend, check our Tutorials and Recorded Workshops page next week. If we're successful, you'll see these workshops on that page by the end of next week.
We love our Workshop Series here at the Libraries, but we know that many of you aren't on campus during the day, or just can't find the time to come over to Walter Library for a class. Therefore we're adding as many online instruction options as possible. Our Tutorials and Online Workshops page lists three kinds of instruction, all available wherever you have your computer and an Internet connection:
- Online Tutorials are short and targeted to specific tasks, like setting up a Refworks account or searching for books in MNCAT Plus.
- Recorded workshops are recordings of the walk-in workshops we teach in the library. We just turn on the recording software and capture the screen and our voices.
- Online Self-Paced Workshops are mostly Moodle pages. They typically contain the slides and handouts we use for the walk-in workshops, screenshots and how-tos for specific tasks, and links to additional resources on the topic.
Here's a list of library workshops coming up next week at Walter Library. If you have any questions or would like more information about any of the offerings, send me an email.
We'll give you the tools to make a classy poster for your next presentation--be it in class, at a conference or a departmental meeting. We'll show you how to use PowerPoint to create a poster as one giant slide that can be easily sent to a large-scale printer. We'll also provide you with some best practices in designing your poster so that you have an eye-catching document that's easy to understand.
Monday, September 28
Walter Library 310
An introduction and overview of great online collaborative tools that you can use in your work with colleagues...whether they're across the ocean or across the hall.
Tuesday, September 29
Walter Library 310
In this workshop we'll give you an overview and some hands-on experience finding quality engineering research. We'll discuss finding peer-reviewed journal articles from Engineering Village and Web of Science as well as searching for more technical information in patent and standards databases.
Wednesday, September 30
Walter Library 310
For more, or to register for any workshop, visit our website.
Can't make it to Walter? Check out our growing list of tutorials, recorded workshops, and self-paced workshops.
Google Scholar is similar to the databases licensed by University Libraries in that it indexes scholarly articles from publishers and societies with whom it has relationships. Google Scholar also indexes scholarly articles and technical reports from other places, like institutional repositories and departmental websites at colleges and universities. I've seen articles from both the University Digital Conservancy and the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory pop up on Google Scholar.
Google Scholar doesn't have the rich search tools found in licensed databases. You won't find faceted search tools where you can click on terms to quickly filter a search. Even the advanced search form is quite limited. But Google Scholar really shines when you have a full or partial citation you need to track down, when you're looking for paper from a conference proceedings or a technical report, or when you want to see the preprint version of a not-yet-published article.
Like licensed databases, Google Scholar sometimes links directly to the full text of the articles it indexes. Often, though, you'll only get to see an abstract. Don't despair--if University Libraries has access to the article, you're only a couple of clicks away from reading it. The only trick is to make sure Google Scholar knows you're affiliated with the University of Minnesota.
Jon posted instructions on how to "turn on" the FindIt@U of M Twin Cities link a few months back. If you're using Google Scholar and not seeing the link, take a couple of minutes to follow the steps Jon's laid out.