Library Workshops Available

Our librarians offer a number of workshops on special topics that you might be interested in.  Some examples are:

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 collaborative environment.
Wed, 03/24/2010 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Location: 310 Walter Library
Instructor(s):
Janet Fransen
Jon Jeffryes

 

Google IS a Research Tool
Learn how to use Google to your advantage! Our advanced tips and tricks will help you get the most out of your Google searching. Today Google offers researchers access to the broadest array of information available today. White papers, preprints, books, open access journals abound. Google Scholar offers alternative citation resources. Google Books offers a wonderful opportunity to do full-text searching in the largest repository of online books ever created. However, using Google can be challenging. This workshop focuses on practical tips and ideas guaranteed to make your web searching more effective and more efficient!
Wed, 03/24/2010 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Location: S30B Wilson Library
Instructor(s): Nancy Herther

 

Grant and Fellowship Information in the Social Sciences
Whether you are hoping to apply for funding a new project or doing research on trends in research funding, the University and its Libraries have wonderful tools to help you. This workshop begins with an overview of the current marketplace for grants, fellowships and other types of funding. Sources for researching trends and funding sources will also be covered. The workshop also provides a practical overview to help you better use the full range of resources that you might need to refine your need, study potential funding sources, etc., such as IRIS, SPIN, Grants.gov, Community of Science and the Foundation Directory to search for funding opportunities. This workshop is targeted specifically to those in the social sciences and education. Some resources for the course are listed on the Web site of the Office of the VP for Research, http://www.research.umn.edu/opportunities/.
Wed, 03/31/2010 - 9:15am - 10:45am
Location: S30B Wilson Library
Instructor(s): Nancy Herther

 

Grant Funding - Search Tools and Resources
Learn how to use IRIS, SPIN, and Community of Science and the Foundation Directory to search for grant opportunities. Setting up e-mail updates on specific subjects will also be covered, as well as how to find internal U of M funding sources. Resources for the course are listed on the Web site of the Office of the VP for Research, http://www.collaborate.umn.edu/explore/searching.html
Wed, 04/07/2010 - 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Location: S30C Wilson Library
Instructor(s): Kirsten J. ClarkTue, 04/20/2010 - 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Location: S30C Wilson Library
Instructor(s): Kirsten J. Clark


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. Setting up e-mail updates on specific subjects will also be covered, as well as how to find internal U of M funding sources. Resources for the course are listed on the Web site of the Office of the VP for Research, http://www.collaborate.umn.edu/explore/searching.html.
Tue, 03/23/2010 - 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Instructor(s):
Jody Kempf
Julia Kelly


Fri, 04/16/2010 - 9:00am - 10:15am
Location: 310 Walter Library
Instructor(s):
Julia Kelly
Leslie M. Delserone


How do I Know I Found Everything?
Working on a new research project, a thesis or dissertation? Need to be comprehensive in your literature search? Explore ways to approach the search, and identify useful--and perhaps unusual--resources.
Thu, 03/25/2010 - 11:15am - 12:30pm
Location: S30B Wilson Library
Instructor(s): Nancy Herther

 

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/indexes/refworks for more details about RefWorks.
This class is also available online: http://www.lib.umn.edu/research/instruction/modules/index.html
Fri, 03/26/2010 - 9:00am - 10:15am
Location: S30C Wilson Library
Instructor(s): Laura Dale Bischof

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 10:00am - 11:15am
Location: S30C Wilson Library
Instructor(s): Laura Dale Bischof


Research Strategies after Graduation: Accessing Information through Google and Other Sources
You are about to graduate and leave the University - and the wonderful resources of our Libraries. How can you keep up with changes in your field? New research? Continue to use the resources of the University Libraries? Use Google and other tools effectively? This 60-minute workshop is intended to give you information and some tips and ideas for keeping up-to-date after you leave the U.
Thu, 03/25/2010 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Location: S30B Wilson Library
Instructor(s):
Kimberly Clarke
Nancy Herther

 

Register  for any of these workshops at:

http://www.lib.umn.edu/services/workshops/registration

 

More information at:

http://www.lib.umn.edu/services/workshops/registration#Extreme%20Googling:%20Collaboration%20Tools

 

Judy

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