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Free Workshops From the Libraries Aug. 20 - Sept. 5

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Below is a sample of workshops we offer. To see the complete list and register go to: http://www.lib.umn.edu/services/workshops/registration.

Intro for Graduate Students Mini-Workshop Series

New grad student? New to campus? Get an overview of the University Libraries in a series of short sessions. Come to one or come to all.
  • 9-9:50: Sherlock Holmes, Caverns and Ninjas: What you need to know about the University Libraries - Mini Get an overview of the University Libraries and our top research tools.

  • 10-10:50: Literature Review 101 - Mini Get an overview of the literature review in the context of a research paper, thesis or dissertation. Learn advanced search techniques and tips for organization.

  • 11-11:50: Introduction to Citation Managers - Mini Learn about tools to organize citations and create bibliographies. This workshop will compare three common citation managers: RefWorks, EndNote and Zotero.

Wed, 08/22/2012 - 9:00am - 12:00pm,  Location: Science Teaching and Student Services (STSS) 230

IMPROVE YOUR RESEARCH

PubMed: Optimizing Your Search Results

Do you feel like your PubMed searches are good, but not great? Be sure you're getting the best results possible from this crucial resource!
Tue, 08/28/2012 - 11:00am - 12:00pm, Location: 2nd Floor Computing Area - Bio-Medical Library, Diehl Hall

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.
Thu, 08/23/2012 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm, Location: 310 Walter Library


GRANT FUNDING & DATA MANAGEMENT

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.
Thu, 08/30/2012 - 10:00am - 11:30am, Location: Learning and Environmental Sciences Building 220, in St. Paul (next to Magrath Library)

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, 08/23/2012 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm, 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.
Mon, 08/20/2012 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Location: 310 Walter Library


LIBRARY RESOURCES FOR TEACHING & LEARNING

Moodle: Integrating Library Resources

The Libraries are full of interesting materials that can supplement your course and your Moodle sites such as images, articles, e-books, videos, music and more. At this hands-on workshop, explore a variety of materials and learn how to add them to your Moodle.
Wed, 08/29/2012 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Location: 310 Walter Library


ORGANIZE AND FORMAT YOUR RESEARCH

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, 08/27/2012 - 9:00am - 11:00am, Location: Learning and Environmental Sciences Building 220, in St. Paul (next to Magrath 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.
  • Mon, 08/20/2012 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm, Location: Learning and Environmental Sciences Building 220, in St. Paul (next to Magrath Library)
  • Mon, 08/20/2012 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm, 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.
Wed, 08/22/2012 - 11:00am - 12:00pm, Location: Learning and Environmental Sciences Building 220, in St. Paul (next to Magrath Library)

Get Organized with Mendeley

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.
  • Tue, 08/21/2012 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Location: 310 Walter Library
  • Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Location: Learning and Environmental Sciences Building 220, in St. Paul (next to Magrath Library)
  • Wed, 09/05/2012 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Location: 2nd Floor Computing Area - Bio-Medical Library, Diehl Hall

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, 08/21/2012 - 10:00am - 11:00am, Location: Learning and Environmental Sciences Building 220, in St. Paul (next to Magrath 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, 08/22/2012 - 10:00am - 11:30am, Location: 310 Walter Library

If these times are inconvenient or you can't get to campus, we also have a number of recorded workshops and tutorials at http://z.umn.edu/ultutorials.

Upcoming Data Management Workshops

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Like Captain Jean-Luc Picard do you find yourself needing to manage data?  Then this workshop might be for you! 

Creating a Data Management Plan For Your Grant Application

In January 2011, the National Science Foundation (NSF) began requiring a data management plan for all new grant proposals. This workshop, geared toward graduate students, faculty and researchers, will provide an overview of the questions to consider when creating a data management plan with a focus on data preservation issues and tools for sharing your data, like subject-based repositories. See the Managing your Data Web page for more resources. Satisfies RCR continuing education awareness/discussion requirements.

Thu, 03/29/2012 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: 314 Walter Library
Open

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: 314 Walter Library
Open

Image, "Picard and Data Figures" from Archangeli (on Flickr).  CC.

Spring Copyright Workshops

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Our copyright librarian, Nancy Sims, will be offering a variety of copyright workshops in the next few weeks. If you're interested please follow the links below and register.  These classes will satisfy RCR requirements.


Copyright Essentials for Authors and Creators
How many copyrights do you own? How long will they last? Can you post your paper online? Can someone else quote from your paper in their own? This workshop will provide a solid grounding in some of the elements of copyright law that are essential to scholarship, teaching, and research. Learn more about protections in the law for educators, and about your rights as an author or creator. Discuss and debate with your peers about some of the burning questions in the field, and enjoy exploring some entertaining and thought-provoking examples. No direct legal advice will be provided; this workshop is informational and educational in nature.
Primarily intended for faculty, researchers, and graduate students engaged in the scholarly writing & publishing process. Satisfies RCR continuing education awareness/discussion requirements.

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

Tue, 02/28/2012 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: 101 Walter Library

Fri, 03/23/2012 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
ONLINE-ONLY session via UM-Connect. Priority given to participants from UM coordinate campuses (Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester) or other UM-affiliates who work out-state.

Register: http://z.umn.edu/copyrightforauthors

Can I Use That?: Dealing with Copyright in Everyday Life
Quotation, criticism, review, collage, parody - Copyright presents some big challenges in all of those situations! Participants in this workshop will develop an understanding of the complexities of copyright by exploring examples from visual arts, music, and video, as well as academic research and writing. Expect to think hard, discuss a little, and have fun! No direct legal advice will be provided; this workshop is informational in nature.
Primarily intended for faculty, researchers, and graduate students engaged in the scholarly writing & publishing process. Satisfies RCR continuing education awareness/discussion requirements.

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

Mon, 03/05/2012 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: S30A Wilson Library

Wed, 03/07/2012 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
ONLINE-ONLY session via UM-Connect. Priority given to participants from UM coordinate campuses (Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester) or other UM-affiliates who work out-state.

Register: http://z.umn.edu/caniusef


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Jumpstart Your Research: January 2012 Edition

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Walter Library will be offering a series of workshops starting Monday, January 9 to help you get a jump start on your research in 2012.

Below are the list of offerings...feel free to register for any that sound interesting...if you have any questions, feel free to send me an email.

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Open
Wed, 01/11/2012 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Instructor(s): Janet Fransen
Open
Wed, 01/11/2012 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: 314 Walter Library
Instructor(s): Lisa Johnston
Open
Thu, 01/12/2012 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Instructor(s):
Open
Register for this Course

Copyright Workshops (Fall 2011)

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Using information ethically is cool!

All of these workshops are offered by our Copyright Librarian, Nancy Sims.  Some satisfy RCR (see which in their descriptions).


Can I Use That? Dealing with Copyright in Everyday Life (Grad students, Staff, others)

Do you remix, re-use, review, quote, criticize, parodize? Copyright presents some big challenges in all of those situations! We'll learn by exploring examples from visual arts, music, and video, as well as academic research and writing. Expect to think hard, discuss a little, and have fun! No direct legal advice will be provided; this workshop is informational in nature. 
Primarily intended for grad students, staff, and interested others. 

Mon, 10/31/2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 314 Walter Library

Register: 
http://z.umn.edu/caniuseg

Can I Use That?: Dealing with Copyright in Everyday Life (Faculty, Other Scholarly Researchers)

Quotation, criticism, review, collage, parody - Copyright presents some big challenges in all of those situations! Participants in this workshop will develop an understanding of the complexities of copyright by exploring examples from visual arts, music, and video, as well as academic research and writing. Expect to think hard, discuss a little, and have fun! No direct legal advice will be provided; this workshop is informational in nature.
Primarily intended for faculty, researchers, and graduate students engaged in the scholarly writing & publishing process. Satisfies RCR continuing education awareness/discussion requirements. 

Wed, 10/05/2011 - 10:30am - 12:30pm
Location: 314 Walter Library

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

Register: http://z.umn.edu/caniusef

Copyright Essentials for Authors and Creators

How many copyrights do you own? How long will they last? Can you post your paper online? Can someone else quote from your paper in their own? This workshop will provide a solid grounding in some of the elements of copyright law that are essential to scholarship, teaching, and research. Learn more about protections in the law for educators, and about your rights as an author or creator. Discuss and debate with your peers about some of the burning questions in the field, and enjoy exploring some entertaining and thought-provoking examples. No direct legal advice will be provided; this workshop is informational and educational in nature.
Primarily intended for faculty, researchers, and graduate students engaged in the scholarly writing & publishing process. Satisfies RCR continuing education awareness/discussion requirements. 

Tue, 10/18/2011 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: S30A Wilson Library

Wed, 11/16/2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 314 Walter Library

Register: http://z.umn.edu/copyrightforauthors

Copyright in the Classroom (and Online)

Can you show a movie in class? Can you distribute copies of a newspaper article? What are you allowed to post on your Moodle site, anyway? What about your students' work, or their online postings? This workshop focuses on copyright issues in the classroom, and in teaching online. Learn how the library can help you with electronic reserves and links to subscription materials. No direct legal advice will be provided; this workshop is informational in nature. 
Primarily intended for individuals currently teaching at the University.
 RCR continuing education credits applied for, pending approval.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: S30A Wilson Library

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

Register: http://z.umn.edu/copyrightinclassroom

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"Jumpstart Your Research" Workshop Series

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The University Libraries will be offering workshops all across campus to help returning students, faculty and staff jump back into the research process!

Here are the workshops at Walter Library:

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. 
Tue, 08/23/2011 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm, Location: 310 Walter Library

Learn how these two databases offer unique ways to retrieve and analyze academic research. Find how to use of their broad subject coverage to do effective interdisciplinary research.
Wed, 08/24/2011 - 10:30am - 11:30am, Location: 310 Walter Library

Learn how to compute an individual's h-index using Web of Science and Google Scholar and how to find a journal's impact factor. 
Wed, 08/24/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm, Location: 310 Walter Library

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm, Location: 310 Walter Library

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm, Location: 310 Walter Library

Thurs, 08/25/2011 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm, Location: 310 Walter Library

The Libraries are full of interesting materials that can supplement your course and your Moodle sites such as images, articles, ebooks, videos, music and more. At this hands-on workshop, explore a variety of materials and learn how to add them to your Moodle.
Tue, 08/30/2011 - 1:00PM - 2:00pm, Location: 310 Walter Library

And here are the workshops at other libraries:

@ Biomed Library (Diehl Hall):
This hands-on class will cover how to use the free software Mendeley to better organize and access your electronic article library.
Mon, 08/22/2011 - 10:00am - 11:00am, Location: 2nd Floor Computing Area - Bio-Medical Library, Diehl Hall

@ Wilson Library (West Bank):
New to the University? Just beginning your life as a grad student? This workshop is intended to give you a head-start on learning the essential information that every grad student needs to know to succeed here at the University.
Mon, 08/22/2011 - 10:00am - 11:30am, Location: S30B Wilson Library (sub-basement)

Ever "Googled" yourself? Ever wondered just how much information about you is out on the web? So do your future employers and professors! Learn how to configure your profile to protect the information you want to keep private and expose the information that will help you market yourself to employers.
Tue, 08/23/2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Location: S30C Wilson Library

@ Magrath Library (St. Paul):
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. 
Wed, 08/24/2011 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm, Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

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. This workshop covers the basic formatting you'll need to comply with Graduate School guidelines and uses Office 2007.
Fri, 08/26/2011 - 10:00am - 12:00pm, Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

We also have many online tutorials to assist you getting started, if you can't attend the in person workshops.
Our Researcher Refresh series of workshops starts today!  Here's the workshops that we'll be offering today and tomorrow.

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Mon, 05/23/2011 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

This "Drop-In Clinic" is an informal session...we'll have two librarians available to answer your citation manager questions...from basic introductions, to troubleshooting, to comparisons.  No need to register, just drop by Walter 310 between 2 and 4.


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Tue, 05/24/2011 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

21st century research is global, dynamic, and inherently interdisciplinary. Responding to these challenges, the Libraries have interdisciplinary tools such as Web of Science and Google Scholar along with the subject-specific resources. It is the research and resources on the fringe that drives innovation. Join the Libraries in learning about techniques and tools to aid you in your cross-disciplinary research.

Location: 310 Walter Library
Register for this Course


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Tue, 05/24/2011 - 3:00pm - 3:30pm

Location: 310 Walter Library
Register for this Course

In this workshop I'll walk you through finding an H-index using Web of Science and Google Scholar and also how to use Web of Science to determine a journal's Impact Factor.  We'll also discuss how these numbers are calculated and what they're really telling us about impact.

You can see the full roster of Researcher Refresh Workshops at libraries across campus on our website.

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Researcher Refresh

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Increase your productivity and expand the impact of your research

Now that classes are over and grades are in, take some time to refresh your research skills. This series of workshops, offered by the University Libraries, is designed to save you time and get you up-to-speed on the latest changes in the information landscape.
For more tools and services offered by the Libraries, visit our Researcher Support Page at https://www.lib.umn.edu/researchsupport.

Creating a Data Management Plan for Your Grant Application
In January 2011, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will begin requiring a data management plan will all new grant proposals. This workshop, geared toward graduate students, faculty and researchers, will provide and overview of the questions to consider when creating a data management plan with a focus on data preservation issues and tools for sharing your data, like subject-based repositories. See the Managing your Data Web page for more resources. Satisfies RCR continuing education awareness/discussion requirements.

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 10:00am - 11:30am
This session will focus on the social sciences and humanities.
Location: S30A Wilson Library
Register for this Course

Fri, 05/20/2011 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Location: 314 Walter Library
Register for this Course

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Room 2 Magrath Library
Register for this Course

Citation Manager Drop-in Clinic
Have you had a question about some aspect of your citation manager? We'll help you figure it out. Librarians knowledgeable in RefWorks, Zotero and EndNote will be available to answer your questions.

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Register for this Course

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Location: S30C Wilson Library
Register for this Course

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)
Register

Better Data Searching
The only thing harder than finding a relevant dataset the first time is finding it again the second time. This session will demonstrate methods for getting better results in Google searches, recommend methods and tools for keeping track of what you have found and show how the Internet Archive can help you find data that seems to have disappeared. We'll also have plenty of time for discussing specific sources in the attendees research areas and any other data questions attendees may have.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)
Register for this Course


Interdisciplinary Research with Google Scholar and Web of Science
21st century research is global, dynamic, and inherently interdisciplinary. Responding to these challenges, the Libraries have interdisciplinary tools such as Web of Science and Google Scholar along with the subject-specific resources. It is the research and resources on the fringe that drives innovation. Join the Libraries in learning about techniques and tools to aid you in your cross-disciplinary research.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Register for this Course

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)
Register

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Location: S30C Wilson Library
Register for this Course

Gauging Impact: How to Determine Impact Factors and What They Really Tell You
In this workshop you will learn how to compute an individual's h-index using Web of Science and Google Scholar and how to find a journal's impact factor. We will discuss how these numbers are tabulated to better understand what they really tell you about impact.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Register for this Course

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. Note: OIT Technology Training offers more workshops on the Google Apps. suite.

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: S30C Wilson Library
Register for this Course

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)
Register

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Register for this Course

Can I Use That? Fair Use in Everyday Life
Fair use is a vital part of copyright law. Quotation, criticism, review, collage, parody - all involve aspects of fair use. Participants in this workshop for faculty and instructors will develop an understanding of the complexities of fair use, and recognize situations where it might apply. We'll also look at other situations where copyright answers may be more straightforward. Participants will explore fair use concepts using examples from visual arts, music, and video, as well as academic research and writing. Expect to think hard, discuss a little, and have fun! No direct legal advice will be provided; this workshop is informational in nature. Satisfies RCR continuing education awareness/discussion requirements.

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Register for this Course

Case Studies in Publishing: Your Choices in Journal Contracts
In this workshop, participants will work through two common decision points raised by journal article contracts. Relevant context will be provided on academic publishing issues such as copyright and author's rights, cultural and economic norms, and promotion & tenure implications. Practical strategies and helpful tools will be discussed. This event has been designated by the Office of the Vice President for Research to satisfy the Awareness/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education requirement.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Register for this Course

Team Skills: Library Tools for Collaboration

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The Science and Engineering Library is offering a new workshop that focuses on tools and skills that will help your group projects progress more smoothly.

Here's the descriptive text for the workshop :

This interactive workshop will provide an introduction to tools that will maximize your group's efficiency as well as discuss skills and practices that will make your team work proceed smoothly. We'll discuss ways that you can use Google Docs, Google Sites, the Assignment Calculator, RefWorks, Zotero and other tools to facilitate productivity and keep your project on schedule. If you have a laptop, please bring it.

We'll be having the class on Wednesday, January 26 (that's next Wednesday!).  And we're holding the class in STSS 420A .  The class will be held from 3:00-4:30.




Winter Workshops in the Library

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The 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.

Mon, 01/10/2011 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 314 Walter Library
Register for this Course (Faculty and staff members encouraged)

Mon, 01/10/2011 - 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Tue, 01/11/2011 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Tue, 01/11/2011 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Wed, 01/12/2011 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Thu, 01/13/2011 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Fri, 01/14/2011 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Location: 310 Walter Library
Mon, 01/24/2011 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Tue, 01/25/2011 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Tue, 01/25/2011 - 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Register for this Course

Team Skills : Library Tools for Collaboration

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Have you ever been on a team project and been frustrated that things didn't move along as easily as you'd hoped? 

Do you have a big team project coming up and want to make sure that your team is efficient and effective?

If so come to Team Skills:  Library Tools for Collaboration!  This new interactive workshop will provide an introduction to tools that will maximize your group's efficiency as well as discuss skills and best practices, like brainstorming, giving feedback/communication, and project management that will make your team work proceed smoothly. We'll discuss ways that you can use Google Docs, Google Sites, the Assignment Calculator, RefWorks, Zotero and other tools to facilitate productivity and keep your project on schedule.


Team Skills: Library tools for Collaboration

STSS 420A

Wednesday, October 27  2:30 - 3:30

Register Here


We ask that if attendees have a laptop, that they bring it to the workshop.

We need a minimum of six attendees to hold the workshop...if you're interested please sign up soon!


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Advanced EndNote Q&A

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Advanced EndNote Q & A with EndNote Rep, Doug Nguyen.
Thursday, November 18
9-10:30 AM
Walter Library, Room 310

EndNote Representative/Instructor Doug Nguyen will be visiting campus on Thursday, November 18 to meet with University of Minnesota--Twin Cities EndNote Users.

Doug will showcase the new features that are available in EndNote's latest version, X4 and also answer any questions that you may have encountered while using EndNote. Doug is an EndNote expert and advanced questions are welcome.

So gather your questions and come to Walter Library at 9:00 AM, Thursday, November 18. You can register at http://bit.ly/AdvancedEndNoteQA. If you have questions, please contact Jon Jeffryes at jeffryes@umn.edu

Walter Workshops Oct. 11-15

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We're offering two workshops next week that still have space in them.  Click the register links below to sign up!

Any questions about Walter Workshops...feel free to drop me a line.

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How do I Know I Found Everything? Wed, 10/13/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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.

Wed, 10/13/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Instructor(s): Jody Kempf
Open
Register for this Course




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Intro to Library Research Part 1 (Formerly Unravel the Library) Thu, 10/14/2010 - 9:45am - 11:00am

Gain an overview of the University Libraries. Learn the basics of academic research including search techniques, how to find articles, how to evaluate your sources and more. This workshop is designed for new students to the University. NOTE: If fewer than eight students register for a session, the session will be canceled.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 9:45am - 11:00am
Location: 310 Walter Library
Instructor(s): Andrew Palahniuk
Open
Register for this Course


Walter Workshops Sept. 27 - Oct. 1

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Another bunch of workshops coming to Walter Library next week. You can see all the workshops for the semester and register at our Workshop Calendar.

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Google: Advanced Searching For Researchers
Tuesday, September 28 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Walter Library, Room 310
Register Here

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. Note: OIT Technology Training offers more workshops on the Google Apps suite.

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Introduction to Data Management for Scientists and Engineers
Wednesday, September 29 11:00AM - 12:00Noon
Walter Library, Room 310
Register Here

Digital data is growing at an exponential rate, and the work involved in managing that data is rapidly increasing as well. How can we ensure that our research data will still be available in a usable form in 5, 10, or 20 years? We will discuss why having a data management plan is important as well as key considerations and best practices for data management. Note: This class is also available online.

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Intro to Library Research: Part 1 (2 Sessions!)
Wednesday, September 29: 12:15PM - 1:30PM (Register Here)
Thursday, September 30: 4:00PM - 5:15PM (Register Here)
Walter Library, Room 310 (for both sessions)

Gain an overview of the University Libraries. Learn the basics of academic research including search techniques, how to find articles, how to evaluate your sources and more. This workshop is designed for new students to the University. NOTE: If fewer than eight students register for a session, the session will be canceled.

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Case Studies in Publishing: Your Intellectual Property in Journal and Book Contracts
Wednesday, September 29
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Walter SMART Commons Classroom
Register Here

Sponsors: University Libraries and CLA Grants, Fellowships & Research Funding In this workshop, participants will work through common intellectual property issues raised by journal article and book contracts. Relevant context will be provided on academic publishing issues such as copyright and author's rights, and cultural and economic norms. Practical strategies and helpful tools will be discussed.

This event has been designated by the Office of the Vice President for Research to satisfy the Awareness/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education requirement.
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If you have any questions about any of the workshops listed above, please feel free to get in touch with me.

Publishing Case Studies (RCR workshop)

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Case Studies in Publishing: Your Intellectual Property in Journal and
Book Contracts

Thu, September 23, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Wilson Library room S30A
register at http://z.umn.edu/1g7

Wed, September 29, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Walter Library room 204 SMART Classroom
register at http://z.umn.edu/1g7

Sponsors: University Libraries and CLA Grants, Fellowships & Research Funding In this workshop, participants will work through common intellectual property issues raised by journal article and book contracts. Relevant context will be provided on academic publishing issues such as copyright and author's rights, and cultural and economic norms. Practical strategies and helpful tools will be discussed.

This event has been designated by the Office of the Vice President for Research to satisfy the Awareness/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education requirement.

Workshop Extravaganza! September 20-24 @ Walter Library

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We've got a bunch of workshops coming up next week at Walter Library...take a look below to see what's being offered. To see ALL the workshops offered across the campus libraries you can check this link out.

If you can't make an in-person session, we also offer a lot of online tutorials and recorded workshops.

Workshops Next Week @ Walter (Sept. 20-24)

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Zotero: Basics
Monday, September 20
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Walter 310

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.

Register for this course.

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EndNote: Basics
Tuesday, September 21
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Walter 310

Learn to import citations, customize your account, and format your bibliographies and in-text citations using EndNote X4. 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.

Register for this course.

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RefWorks: Basics
Wednesday, September 22
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Walter 310

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.).

Register for this course.

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Fair Use in Everyday Life
Wednesday, September 22
2:00PM - 4:00PM
Walter 101

Fair use is a vital part of copyright law for scholars, researchers, artists, and just about anyone who communicates with anyone else. Quotation, criticism, review, collage, parody - all involve aspects of fair use. In this workshop for faculty and instructors, we'll discuss examples of fair use situations in visual arts, music, and video, as well as in academic research and writing. We'll learn to identify situations where fair use applies, and other situations where copyright answers may be more straightforward. We'll also develop our understandings of the factors that determine whether a use is "fair" and practice applying these concepts with real-world examples. Expect to think hard, debate a little, and have some fun. No direct legal advice will be provided; this workshop is informational and educational in nature. Satisfies RCR continuing education awareness/discussion requirements.

Register for this course.

Back to School Workshops @ Walter Library

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We'll be offering a variety of workshops this week to help you prepare for the upcoming academic semester. Listed below are the workshops...if one sounds interesting you can register on our Workshops Registration Webpage.

Introduction to Citation Managers
Tuesday, August 24 (Tomorrow!)
2:00 - 3:00 (p.m.)
Walter 101

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.


RefWorks: Basics
Wednesday, August 25
10:00 - 11:00 (a.m.)
Walter 310

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: Online Workshop Available.


EndNote: Basics
Wednesday, August 25
1:00 - 2:00 (p.m.)
Walter 310

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: Online Workshop Available.


Zotero: Basics

Wednesday, August 25
3:00 - 4:00 (p.m.)
Walter 310

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. Note: Online Workshop Available.


Introduction to Data Management for Scientists and Engineers
Thursday, August 26
10:00 - 11:00 (a.m.)
Walter 310

Digital data is growing at an exponential rate, and the work involved in managing that data is rapidly increasing as well. How can we ensure that our research data will still be available in a usable form in 5, 10, or 20 years? We will discuss why having a data management plan is important as well as key considerations and best practices for data management. Note: Online Workshop Available.


Google: Advanced Searching for Researchers
Thursday, August 26
1:00 - 2:00 (p.m.)
Walter 310

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.

You can register for these classes and learn when and where they'll be taught again by going to our Workshops Registration Webpage.

June Workshops: Digital Disarray

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The Science and Engineering Library will be offering a variety of workshops in June to help you organize any "Digital Disarray" you may be feeling in your research.

Here's a list of the workshops we'll be offering:

Introduction to Citation Managers
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Walter 310
Register Here


Introduction to Data Management for Scientists and Engineers
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
11:00am - 12:00pm
Walter 310
Register Here


RefWorks: Basics
Thursday, June 10, 2010
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Walter 310
Register Here


EndNote: Basics
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Walter 310
Register Here


Zotero: Basics
Wednesday, June 16,2010
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Walter 310
Register Here


Formatting Your Dissertation or Thesis in *Word 2007*
Thursday, June 17, 2010
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Walter 310
Register Here


If you can't make it, we'll be offering more workshops in August before Fall classes start...or you can take many of our workshop through our online tutorials.

Any questions...let me know!

Workshops @ Walter Feb. 22-26

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Introduction to Data Management for Scientists and Engineers

Are you trying to update you data management techniques?

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Or just trying to make sense of your current data management?

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Then you may be interested in our workshop: Introduction to Data Management for Scientists and Engineers.

Here's the course description:

Digital data is growing at an exponential rate, and the work involved in managing that data is rapidly increasing as well. How can we ensure that our research data will still be available in a usable form in 5, 10, or 20 years? We will discuss why having a data management plan is important as well as key considerations and best practices for data management.

Here are the details:
Introduction to Data Management for Scientists and Engineers
Walter 310
Tuesday, February 23
3:30-4:30
Register Here

After the class, just like Captain Jean-Luc Picard, you will be able to manage Data:

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Web of Science: Research Made Easy

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Want to learn the ins and outs of the Web of Science database to enhance your literature searching.

Librarian Lisa Johnston will cover search strategies, setting up email alerts, citation management and journal ranking methods, such as h-index, Impact Factor, and Eigenfactor metrics.

Here are the details:

Web of Science: Research Made Easy
Walter Library 310
Wednesday, February 24
10:15-11:15
Register Here

Engineering: Find Better Information Faster

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Engineering Librarian, Jan Fransen, and I will be leading a workshop next week giving you tips to make your literature review both quicker and more effective. We'll show you how to access a wide variety of information resources including, scholarly journal articles, patents, standards and more!

Here are the details:

Engineering: Find Better Information Faster
Walter 310
Wednesday, February 10
2:30-3:30
Register Here

I'm also available for customized individual reference consultation sessions. Just send me an email and we can set up a meeting.

Walter Workshops Zotero and EndNote

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This week Walter Library will be featuring two workshops on two different citation managers Zotero and EndNote.

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Zotero is a free citation manager that works with the Mozilla Firefox web browser. It can store citations and generate bibliographies. You can download a free version of Zotero and learn more about what it can do at www.zotero.org

The Zotero Basics workshop gives you an opportunity to learn about the features of the tool, get some hands-on experience using it and ask any questions you may have to our knowledgeable librarians.

The class is tomorrow: Tuesday, February 2
Walter 310
2:30-3:30

Register Here


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EndNote is another citation manager but this one you have to purchase (you can get a student discount at the Coffman Bookstore). It's a little more robust than Zotero and it isn't tied to any particular web browser.

If you're interested to see what EndNote X3 has to offer, our workshop will walk you through the basics of importing citations, linking to full text and using Cite-While-You-Write to format in-text citations.

The EndNote Basics workshop is
Wednesday, February 3
Walter Library 310
10:15-11:15 (with an optional 11:15-11:45 hands-on portion)

Register Here

February Workshops at Walter Library

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Our February workshops will actually begin next week! If you're interested in signing up visit our website.

If you can't make it to a live workshop check out our online tutorial page.

If you have an idea for a workshop...leave a comment or send me an email

Winter Workshops in January

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Walter Library will be hosting a variety of workshops in the beginning of January to help you jumpstart your research for the Spring Semester. Here's a list of what we'll be offering:

Introduction to Citation Managers
Walter 101
Tuesday 1/5, 2-3 pm

RefWorks Basics
Walter 310
Wednesday 1/6, 2-3 pm

Zotero Basics
Walter 310
Thursday 1/7, 2-3 pm

Getting Published
Walter 310
Monday January 11, 11 am-noon

Endnote Basics
Walter 310
Tuesday 1/12, 2-3 pm

Introduction to Data Management for Scientists and Engineers ***NEW***
Walter 310
Wednesday 1/13, 11 am-noon

Grant Funding for Graduate Students
Walter 310
Wednesday 1/13, 3-4:15 pm

Formatting your Dissertation or Thesis in Word 2007
Walter 310
Thursday 1/14, 2-4 pm

You can register for these classes on our Workshops Website.

If none of these times work for your or you prefer to learn at your own pace check out our many online workshops.

If you have any questions about these workshops or the topics they cover please feel free to send me an email.

Changes to Google Scholar

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If you've accessed Google Scholar in the past few days you may have noticed some changes.

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For those of you new to Google Scholar--it's a Google search engine that allows you to search for scholarly material. And they've now added the ability to include patents in the search results in Google Scholar.

Google also has a search engine that searches only patents and patent applications at Google Patents.

To learn more about the changes you might want to read this blog post.

If you're interested in learning more about some of Google's uses for research check out the new online version of the Walter Library Workshop: Google for Researchers. (Note: The workshop is still in beta--if you have any feedback feel free to send me an email or leave a comment below.)

And don't forget when using Google Scholar to link it to the University of Minnesota's rich online journal collection.

Google For Researchers

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There are still a few spots open in Wednesday's Google for Researchers class that I'll be co-teaching at Walter Library. The class starts at 2:30.

We let the class decide what gets covered from a variety of topics including Google Scholar, Google Books, iGoogle, Google Docs, Google Patents, and more!

To register for this class visit our website.

Here are the full details:

Google For Researchers
Walter Library 310
Wednesday, November 11
2:30-3:30
Register here.

New Workshop -- RefWorks:Advanced

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We're offering a new workshop at Walter Library next week, RefWorks: Advanced.

If you've taken our RefWorks:Basics class or are self-taught on using the online citation manager then this class might be for you.

We let the class decide what gets covered in the class...to get an idea of the types of topics that we'll demonstrate visit the RefWorks: Advanced website.

If you're only interested in one of the suggested topics then you might not want to come to the full workshop...just email me and I can answer your question directly.

But if the topics look intriguing please register for the class here.

Here's all the info

RefWorks: Advanced

Tuesday, October 27
1:00-2:00
Walter Library 310

Next Week's Workshops

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We're offering a lot library workshops next week...here's info on those workshops that still have open spaces:

Unravel 3
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I wrote about the Unravel Program in an earlier post this week. Unravel 3 covers more advanced search tips...useful to those who are in the beginning stages of a literature review.

Unravel 3: Advanced Searching
Monday, October 19
10:00-11:15
Walter 310

Getting Published: How to Publish Your Science Research Article
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This workshop is aimed at graduate students and beginning faculty who are just entering the publication world. This workshop demonstrates ways of finding the best journal for your article and will give you a primer on retaining your rights as an author.

Getting Published
Monday, October 19
1:30-2:30
Walter 310

Grant Funding - Search Tools and Resources
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Looking for funding for your big research project? Librarians will show you the ins and outs of major grant databases--allowing you to find relevant grants quickly.

Grant Funding
Tuesday, October 20
3:00-4:15
Walter 310

You can register for all of these workshops here.

Unravel The Libraries

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Unravel the Libraries is introductory series of workshops that introduces the basics of research to University of Minnesota students. You can learn skills like brainstorming keywords, locating relevant databases, and evaluating search results.

This class may be especially useful if you're returning to research after a hiatus in your studies or if you're starting research at an American university for the first time. Also if you're an instructor or TA for a class of undergraduates, you may want to make them aware of this resource as well.

Unravel 2 and 3 will probably be the most useful. If you're interested in learning more you visit these websites, Unravel 2 and Unravel 3, to get a more complete description and register for a class (I'll be teaching an Unravel 2 session at Walter Library on Wednesday, October 28 from 3:00-4:15).

Unravel 2 is also available completely online if the workshops don't work with your schedule.

Workshops to Help Your Research

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We've got a lot of workshops coming up next week. Workshops to help you maximize your searching as well as workshops to help you organize your research. Keep reading to learn more details.

Monday, October 12
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Web of Science: Research Made Easy
1:30-2:30 (Walter 310)

Geology/Astronomy/Physics Librarian Lisa Johnston will show you the ins and outs of searching this powerful science database. A great workshop if you've got a research project that you're working on!

Tuesday, October 13
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Zotero Basics
11:15-12:15 (Walter 310)

Engineering Librarian Jan Fransen and I will teach you the basics of using Zotero, a *free* citation manager Firefox plug-in. Zotero makes capturing citations extremely easy and convenient.

Wednesday, October 14
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EndNote Basics
1:30-2:30 (Walter 310)

I'll be teaching this class. I'll show the basics of using EndNote...capturing and storing citations. Formatting bibliographies and in-text citations. We'll be using version X3...so if you're interested to see what's new in EndNote feel free to sign up.

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Introduction to SciFinder Scholar
3:30-4:30 (Walter 310)

Chemistry and Materials Science Librarian Meghan Lafferty will provide a guided tour of this great resource for chemical substances and literature from chemistry and a wide variety of related fields including food science, geochemistry, materials science, medicine. She'll show you tips and tricks to make the most of your searching.

To register for any of these courses visit our website. Seats are limited!

Introduction to Citations Managers Workshop

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Next Tuesday Chemistry Librarian, Meghan Lafferty, and I will be teaching an Introduction to Citation Managers workshop at Walter Library (it's from 11:15-12:15 on October 6, in Room 310).

This workshop is a great introduction to three different tools that can help you organize your research and work more efficiently. In the first half Meghan will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of three popular citations managers EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero

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In the second half of class I'll demonstrate how you import citations, create bibliographies, and format in-text citations with all three citation managers.

We'll also do our best to answer any questions that you have about the three citation managers.

If you're interested, please register here.

If you can't make it to the workshop but are still curious about the differences between the three resources check our comparison chart.

We also have online workshops available for all three resources.

Is there a topic that you'd like to see the library offer a workshop on? If so feel free to leave your ideas in the comments or send me an email.

Workshops @ Walter Sept. 28- Oct. 2

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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.


Create Posters Using PowerPoint

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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
1:30-2:15
Walter Library 310

Web Tools For Working Collaboratively

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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
1:30-2:30
Walter Library 310

Engineering: Find Better Information Faster

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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
2:30-3:30
Walter Library 310

To register visit our website.

Walter Workshops for September 21-25

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We have three more workshops coming up next week to help you in your research.

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EndNote Basics
Monday, September 21
1:30-2:30
Walter Library 310

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This workshop will give you an introduction to EndNote--a desktop-based citation manager. EndNote allows you to store and organize your citations and can format bibliographies and in-text citations from those stored citations. I'll be demonstrating the most recent version of EndNote (X3) but the class should be useful even for those using older versions.

Note: We'll have demonstration copies of EndNote to use in the workshop, but to use in your research you will need to purchase your own individual instance of the software.

Grant Funding for Graduate Students
Tuesday, September 22
3:30-4:15
Walter Library 310

This workshop is aimed at helping grad students find grant opportunities specific to their research aims. The workshop will cover searching Illinois Research Information Service (IRIS), SPIN, and Community of Science to find grant funding opportunities.

Zotero: Basics
Wednesday, September 23
1:30-2:30
Walter Library 310

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We'll go over the basics of using Zotero--a Firefox plug-in that you can use to store your citations and capture website information for free. Zotero can also format bibliographies and in-text citations and has other unique uses.

You can register for classes on our website. If you have any questions...feel free to send me an email.

Managing Your Research: Workshops Next Week

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The Science and Engineering Library will be offering two workshops next week to help you manage your research.


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Introduction to Citation Managers

This workshop will offer an overview of how a citation manager can help you in your research. We'll also give a brief overview of three popular citation managers: EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero to help you decide which citation manager best fits your needs. This workshop is an overview and will not include hands-on practice with the citation managers.

Monday, September 14
1:30-2:30
Walter Library Room 310

RefWorks Basics
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This workshop focuses only on RefWorks, giving an in-depth, hands-on introduction to this online software available for free to UMN students, faculty and staff from the Libraries.

We'll show you how to save citations, link to full text, and format bibliographies and in-text citations in the citation style of your choice.

Tuesday, September 15
2:30-3:30
Walter Library Room 310

You can register for workshops at Walter Library here.

If you'd like more information about these workshops, feel free to send me an email.

End of Summer Workshop Series

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To help you get back in the swing of scholarship for the Fall 2009 semester Walter Library will be hosting a workshop series covering topics from Organizing Research to Poster Making to Finding Grant Funding and More.

Here's a list of workshops occurring at Walter Library the week of August 24-28:

Introduction to Citation Managers
Walter Library 101
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Monday, August 24

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This workshop will provide an overview of three citation managers, EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero to help you decide which piece of software is the best match for your research needs.

This workshop is not hands-on but will show you the relative strengthes and weaknesses of these options as well as a demonstration on how they work with library databases and word processing programs.

Online Comparison Chart

Register for the Class


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Learn how to create a high quality poster for presentations at classes, meetings, and conferences using Microsoft PowerPoint. This workshop provides a quick overview of design basics and gives you hands-on experience creating a poster from a template and/or from scratch.

Online Tutorial

Register for the Class


Grant Funding--Search Tools and Resources
Walter Library 310
2:30-3:45 pm
Monday, August 24

Looking for funding for a big research project? This workshop will show you search tools and other resources to find grant opportunities that match up with your research project.

Register for the Class

RefWorks: Basics
Walter Library 310
11:00-Noon
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 25

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A hands-on intro to RefWorks...we'll get you set up with an account, show you how to import citations, organize your research, create formatted bibliographies in seconds, and show you how to link RefWorks with Word to format in-text citations.

Online Tutorial

Register for the Class

Formatting Your Dissertation or Thesis in *Word 2007*
Walter Library 310
10:00-Noon
Wednesday, August 26

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Not sure how to get started formatting your thesis or dissertation to meet graduate school requirements? Let us help! Learn the formatting requirements and how to set up a template for your document, set up headings, chapter numbers, how to insert and caption images and more.

Register for the Class

EndNote Basics
Walter Library 310
1:00-2:00 pm
2:00-3:00 pm
Wednesday, August 26

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Get an introduction to EndNote X3! I'll show you how to store citations, organize your research, link to full text, and format bibliographies and documents with EndNote X3. I'll also cover how you can use the freely available EndNoteWeb to supplement your research anywhere that you have an Internet connection.

Online Tutorial

Register for the Class

Zotero Basics
Walter Library 310
10:00-11:00 a.m.
1:00-2:00
Thursday, August 27

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Zotero is a free Mozilla Firefox plug-in that lets you store citations and easily capture 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.

Online Tutorial

Register for the Class

Getting Published: How to Publish Your Science Research Article
Walter Library 310
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Friday, August 28

This workshop, intended for beginning authors will show you how to find good journal matches for your articles as well as inform you about your rights as an author and help you make informed contract negotiations when dealing with publishers.

Register for the Class

Google for Researchers
Walter Library 310
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Friday, August 28

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We'll give you an overview of Google Tools to use for Research, Collaboration and Improving Productivity...We'll talk about resources like Google Scholar, Google Documents, Google Reader, Google Books, and much more.

Register for the Class

If you have any questions about any of these workshops or resources, please let me know!

Walter Library Workshops Next Week

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Do you have more free time now that the spring semester has wound down? Why not use the time to take advantage of some of our classes to help you with your research. Next week we'll be offering two classes.

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.

New Class for Authors

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The Libraries are offering a new class for faculty, staff and students who author journal papers to give you practical experience with methods to maximize your rights when publishing with academic journals.

"Case Studies in Publishing: Your Choices in Journal Contracts"
In this workshop, participants will work through two common decision points raised by journal article contracts. Relevant context will be provided on academic publishing issues such as copyright and author's rights, cultural and economic norms, and promotion & tenure implications. Practical strategies and helpful tools will be discussed.

Register here.

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Instructor:Kris Fowler
Time: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 3:30 PM -- 4:30 PM
Location: Walter Library First Floor


******** Section: 2 ********
Instructor:Linda Eells
Time: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:00 AM -- 10:00 AM
Location: Bio-Medical Library, Room 555

This event has been designated by the Office of the Vice President for Research to satisfy the Awareness/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education requirement.

Grant Funding Workshop

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Do you need helping locating funding for your research project? Let the libraries connect you to tools that will help you grab some of that money being offered by different agencies and groups and get your research funded!

Next week we'll be offering Grant Funding for Graduate Students

Here's the description we've posted on our website:

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

Here are the details:
Grant Funding for Graduate Students
Tuesday, April 14
Walter 310
3:00-4:15 p.m.
Register Here

Walter Workshops Next Week

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We have two workshops coming up next week in Walter 310 that may be of interest...

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This workshop will be a very basic introduction to using EndNote...we'll cover setting up your EndNote Library, importing citations, basic customizations, and generating bibliographies and using Cite While You Write with Word.

EndNote for Engineers and Physical Scientists
Wednesday, April 8
3:30-4:30
Register Here

If you're unable to attend, I've also put together a self-directed online version of the class. If you have any questions feel free to send me an email.


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This class is new to me, but it sounds interesting--all about Creative Commons licensing. Both discussing using the Creative Commons license for your own work and using Creative Commons-licensed material to enhance your work.

Some Rights Reserved: An Introduction to Creative Commons
Wednesday, April 8
1:00-2:00
Register Here

Here's some more information on Creative Commons if you want to learn more.

SciFinder Scholar Workshop

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Chemistry Librarian, Meghan Lafferty, will provide a guided tour of SciFinder Scholar...a chemistry database that provides useful information on substances and materials. The tour will introduce users to the database and provide hands-on opportunities to familiarize yourself with this information source.

Here are the details:

Introduction to SciFinder Scholar
Monday, March 30
4:00-5:15
Walter 310
Register Here

Walter Workshops Next Week

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We'll be hosting a variety of workshops next week that you may interested in as you gear up for the end of the semester. Here's a listing of the workshops that still have seats open:

Autoalerts (Automatic Updates and News) For Research
Tuesday, March 24
1:30-2:30
Walter 310

Description: Autoalerts are brief information updates automatically generated by a database, search engine, journal publisher's website or blog. The alerts are sent to you as either an e-mail or an RSS feed. This is an easy-to-use technique for staying up to date with news and research literature for a specific discipline or topic. This workshop will demonstrate some introductory methods for setting up autoalerts for your work. The class will be taught utilizing science and health science information resources for demonstration purposes. Class level: Introductory, no previous experience with autoalerts is necessary. Some experience with basic literature database searches is helpful. Audience: The class is open to U of M faculty, staff and students.
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Unravel 2: The Research Process--Finding Articles

Wednesday, March 25
12:30-1:45
Walter 310

Description: The U of M has the 15th largest research library system in the United States. How do you find appropriate books and articles in this huge place? This free workshop will help! Save time and energy by learning to do it right. The workshop will focus on effectively accessing articles through the University Libraries and identifying which of these materials are consider scholarly. This workshop is geared towards undergraduates, but all researchers are welcome to attend.
Register Here.

Zotero Workshop

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Are you curious to know more about the free Mozilla Firefox plug-in that will allow you to save and organize online websites, citations, and full text articles?

The plug-in is called Zotero and we'll be teaching a workshop here at Walter Library that will show you how to

• Save websites, citations, and full-text articles
• Organize your research for maximum efficiency
• Format in-text citations in Microsoft Word or Google Docs
• Create a quick bibliography

Here's the information on the workshop...if you have any questions about the workshop or Zotero in general, please feel free to drop me an email.

Zotero: An Introduction
Monday, March 9
1:25-2:25
Walter Library 310
Register Here

Getting Published

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Are you getting started in the process of publishing in scholarly journals? Come to our workshop, Getting Published: How to Publish Your Science Research Article.

This workshop will help you to identify appropriate journals to submit your articles to and discuss how to manage your rights when signing a contract with a publisher. It will also give you an opportunity to discuss issues and share ideas with your colleagues.

Here's the info:

Getting Published: How to Publish Your Science Research Article
Thursday, March 5
11:15-12:15
Walter Library 310
Register Here

Online Tools for Keeping Current

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If you're still looking for the best way to manage all the new information that comes flowing at you daily then you may be interested in attending Keeping Up: Web-Based Tools That Help You Work Smarter. In this workshop one of Walter's Librarians, Jody Kempf, will take you through a host of different online tools that will make keeping up-to-date a much simpler process. She'll discuss tools such as online tagging, setting up RSS feeds, and taking advantage of advanced features in library databases.

Here's all relevant information
Keeping Up: Web-Based Tools That Help You Work Smarter
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Walter Library 310
2:30-3:30
Register Here

Wikipedia Workshop

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We're offering our Wikipedia workshop one more time this semester. Librarian, Jan Fransen, will discuss ways to get the most out of this free, online reference tool. Jan will give you a behind the scenes tour of the way that Wikipedia entries are made and will show you how to follow Wikipedia entries to find more information on your research topic.

Jan will also provide some best practices in writing Wikipedia entries, so you can help make this resource even more useful!

Here are the details:

Making An Impact With Wikipedia
Wednesday, February 25
11:00 - Noon
Walter Library Room 310
Register Here

Engineering: Find Better Information Faster

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We’re trying out a new drop-in workshop geared specifically to help engineering students in their research. Jan Fransen and I will be presenting:

Engineering: Find Better Information Faster
Wednesday, February 18
3:30-4:30 pm
Walter Library 310
Register here

In this workshop we’ll give a quick tour of a variety of Engineering information resources to help you locate scholarly journal articles, electronic reference books, patents, and standards. We’ll also provide you with research tips and techniques to make your searches as efficient as possible.

Hope to see you there!

Who Owns Your Scholarship?

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Who Owns Your Scholarship? Copyright, Publication Agreements, and Good Policy
Presented by Kenny Crews, Founding Director of Columbia University's Copyright Advisory Office.
Monday, February 16, 2009
2:30-4:30
Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union
Register Here

Dr. Crews will address such questions as:

Who owns the article or book you just published?
Who owns your course syllabus and lecture notes?
Who controls publishing in your discipline?
How can you fairly use the work of others in your scholarship?
How does the new University Copyright Policy affect you?

For Faculty this course will satisfy the Awareness/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education requirement.

Refreshments will be provided.

Click here to learn more
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Grant Funding Workshop (Feb. 12)

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Come to our workshop on finding grant funding for your research. Librarian Julie Kelly, will show you how to search a variety of grant databases to find the funding that matches your project's needs. Julie will demonstrate searching in:

-Community of Science
-Foundation Directory Online
-Illinois Researcher Information Service (IRIS)
-Sponsored Program Information Network (SPIN)

All of these databases can be found at http://www.research.umn.edu/opportunities/SearchTools.html

Here are the workshop details:

Grant Funding: Search Tools and Resources
Thursday, February 12.
3:00-4:15
Walter 310
Register Here

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Research Made Easy

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Next Wednesday, Walter Librarian Lisa Johnston will be unlocking the secrets of the Web of Science in her workshop Research Made Easy: Discover the Web of Science.

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In this workshop Lisa will discuss
• search strategies,
• how to access the articles you find
• journal rankings
• exporting citations to Endnote

Here are the details:

Research Made Easy: Discover the Web of Science
Wednesday, February 11
2:30-3:30
Walter 310
Register Here

Keeping Current Workshop

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Do you find your mental and physical workspace getting cluttered with all of the information that's out there to follow? Are you having difficulties deciding what the best way to plug in to this information might be?

If so you may be interested in a library workshop we'll be holding at Walter Library next week, Keeping Up: Web-Based Tools That Help You Work Smarter. In this workshop one of Walter's Librarians, Jody Kempf, will take you through a bunch of different online tools that will make keeping up-to-date simpler. She'll discuss tools such as online tagging, setting up RSS feeds, and taking advantage of advanced features in library databases.

Here's all relevant information
Keeping Up: Web-Based Tools That Help You Work Smarter
Monday, February 9, 2009
Walter Library 310
2:30-3:30
Register Here

If you have any questions, drop me an email

EndNote Workshop

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This Thursday I'll be teaching an Introduction to EndNote class here at Walter Library.

Here's all the info:

EndNote for Engineers and Physical Scientists
Thursday, February 5
11:15-12:15
Walter 310
Register Here

This workshop will give you a basic introduction to EndNote using the most recent version, X2. I'll show you how to save references in EndNote, how to use EndNote to cite in your paper and create bibliographies, and how to link up to the free EndNote Web to access EndNote from any computer.

So if you've already purchased EndNote and are just looking to get started or if you interested in test driving version X2 for an hour on Thursday feel free to sign up!

If you have any questions, let me know!

Web Tools for Working Collaboratively

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Are you working on a project and tired of keeping track of multiple versions of a document? Are you looking for an easy way to share Internet links with your colleagues around the world?

If these types of troubles are besetting your group work you may be interested in attending the following workshop:

Web Tools for Working Collaboratively
When: Wednesday, February 4 @ 11:15-12:15
Where: Walter Library, Room 310
Register: Yes! Here

Science and Engineering Librarians will share some of their favorite collaboration tools--both University-sponsored tools and tools that are available for free on the Internet. The workshop will cover Google Docs, del.icio.us, Uthink and much more!

If you have any questions feel free to drop me an email

Walter's Wikipedia Workshop

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Making an Impact with Wikipedia
Presented by Jan Fransen, Librarian

In this new workshop you'll learn how:

• To get the most out of Wikipedia
• Wikipedia articles come together
• To use Wikipedia as a launch pad for further research
• To write and edit quality Wikipedia articles

The workshop is on Thursday, January 29 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm at Walter Library, Room 310

Visit our Registration Site to save yourself a spot!

Walter Winter Workshop Series

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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: RefWorks Basics
Thursday, January 15, 3:30-4:30: Collaborative Web Tools

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.
Register


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

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.
Register


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.
Register


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.
Register

RefWorks Workshop (Nov. 6)

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Next Thursday I'll be offering another RefWorks Basics class at Walter Library, Room 310.

We'll cover getting citations into RefWorks, organizing your citations, making instantaneous bibliographies and using Write-N-Cite to format in-text citations.

This workshop will be perfect for those students beginning end of semester projects...save yourself time and hassle as you go into the final stretch of the Fall Semester.

The Info:
RefWorks Basics
Walter Library, Room 310
Thursday, November 6 (2:30-3:30)
Register Here

Collaborating Tools Workshop (Oct. 23)

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Do you find scheduling a meeting for a group project or research team to be getting more and more difficult?

On Thursday the Physical Science and Engineering Library will be offering a new workshop, Web Tools for Working Collaboratively," highlighting Internet-based tools for working with colleagues across campus and all over the world. These tools will allow you to get the benefits of collaboration without the headache of aligning busy schedules.

Librarians Jan Fransen, Jody Kempf, and Meghan Laffterty will lead this class, discussing such tools as:
• Google Docs
• del.icio.us
• UThink

The class is Thursday, October 23 in Walter 310 from 11:00 - 12:00.

You can register here.


Grant Funding Workshop (Oct. 22)

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On Wednesday, October 22 Librarian Leslie Delserone will be offering Grant Funding for Graduate Students at Walter Library (Room 310) from 3:00-4:15.

In this workshop she'll introduce 3 grant databases and provide tips for searching so that you find an applicable grant to support your research with greater ease. She'll also demonstrate setting up email alerts to be notified of new grants and discuss internal funding opportunities from UMN.

If you interested, register here.
If you have questions, just let me know!

Google for Researchers

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Do you keep hearing about all of the cool new tools that Google is developing, but haven’t had time to explore them? Come to the Google for Researchers class at Walter Library for a quick introduction to a lot of Google gadgets that will enhance your research, collaboration, and productivity.

In this workshop we will quickly go through a variety of Google search tools (Google Scholar, Google Books, etc.) and productivity tools (Google Docs, iGoogle, etc.). We’ll show you how you can use these tools effectively to make your research process flow even smoother.

You can expect to learn:
• How to connect Google Scholar to library resources such as our online print subscriptions and RefWorks.
• How to use Google Docs to easily collaborate with colleagues all over the world…for free!
• How to locate physical copies of the books you find search Google Books.
• How to personalize you iGoogle page to maximize it’s efficiency

All that and much, much more. It’s a fast-paced, hands-on workshop that should be a good time.

The details:
What: Google for Researchers
Where: Walter Library, Room 310
When: Tuesday, October 21 (2:30-3:30)
Register here!

Any questions? Just let me know.

Getting Published Workshop (Oct. 14)

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Are you preparing your first paper for publication but don't know where to start? Have you been publishing, but want to find out which journals will maximize exposure to your research?

Let Walter Library help! Next Tuesday, October 14 from 1:30-2:30 in Walter 310, Math Librarian, Kris Fowler, will lead Getting Published: How to Publish Your Science Research Article, a workshop geared towards graduate students and newer faculty members seeking to publish their research.

Kris will cover the following topics:
• Identifying appropriate journals to submit your paper
• Managing your rights, protecting your access to your work when negotiating with publishers

This workshop is an opportunity to introduce yourself to some publishing issues and meet and share experiences with other publishing newcomers.

Click here to register today!

Creating Posters Using PowerPoint

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Are you getting ready for an end of semester presentation and want to wow your professor with a strong visual aid? Are you getting ready for a professional conference and want to make sure that your materials draw the positive attention of your colleagues?

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Then come to Walter Library next Tuesday (October 14) for “Create Your Poster in PowerPoint? from 2:30-3:30.
In this workshop I’ll help you with the basics of using PowerPoint to create a winning poster for both class and professional presentations. I’ll cover:

• Best Practices
• Layout/Design Fundamentals
• Finding Templates

If you’d like to attend, registration is currently open. If you can’t attend, but are still interested in learning more we have an online tutorial that you can view at your convenience.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Keeping Current Workshop

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Are you looking for ways to stay on top of the most current advances in your research area? Come to the Keeping Up Workshop next Wednesday, October 8 from 2:30-3:30 at Walter Library Room 310 and learn some time-saving tricks from librarian Jody Kempf.

Jody will show you how to make the most of easy-to-use Internet tools such as tagging and RSS feeds to keep you aware of the most current developments in your fields of interest. She’ll also show you how to use library databases to bring the most current research directly to you.

If you’re interested in learning more about these tools, sign up here

Oct. 1 RefWorks Workshop

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Tired of misplacing citations? Formatting bibliographies? Let the libraries help you make your research process more organized and efficient.

Next Wednesday, October 1 from 11:15-12:15 we’ll be offering another RefWorks workshop at Walter Library (Room 310).

If you’re new to RefWorks it’s a web-based software that allows you to store and organize all of the citations that you discover in the research process. And it’s free to UMN students, faculty and staff!

In this workshop, Jan Fransen and I will be demonstrating:
• How get citations into your account
• How to store pdfs in your account
• How to use Cite While You Write to format your in-text citations
• How to generate a fully-formatted bibliography in seconds.

If you’re interested in attending register here.

Special Advanced EndNote Workshop

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Next Thursday (October 2 ) the Science and Engineering Library will be hosting an Advanced EndNote Workshop taught by a representative from EndNote. EndNote trainer Doug Nguyen will be in Walter Library Room 310 from 12:30-1:30 providing answers to questions EndNote users may have about ways to maximize their use of the software.

This is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge of the EndNote software from an expert on the topic. He’ll start with a quick demonstration on how to set up the journals term list so that EndNote can do full and abbreviated journal names and then he’ll open it up to your questions.

This class will be a great opportunity to learn more about customizing citation styles, personalizing your database to best fit your needs, and troubleshooting any problems you may have run into using the software.

This class is free and open to the public. If you’re interested, space is limited. Register here.

Research Made Easy

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Looking to start research on a topic, but don’t know where to begin? Come to the Walter Library Workshop “Research Made Easy: Discover the Web of Science?.

This workshop is great for both undergraduates and graduate students looking to begin research on a wide variety of topics. Librarian Lisa Johnston will be providing a guided tour of the large, multidisciplinary Web of Science, a search engine for scholarly journal articles.

The workshop will be held at Walter Library, Room 310 on Wednesday, September 24 from 2:30-3:30. You can register here.

Also if you’re starting your research on a big project, I’m more than happy to meet with you individually and help you brainstorm library resources and search strategies to use to find the best information. Send me an email or give me a call and let me know your research topic and I’ll be happy to help.

Got EndNote?

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Do you own EndNote, but haven’t gotten around to learning how to use it? Do you want to give EndNote a test run before making the software purchase?

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If you answered yes to either of those questions then our workshop “Got EndNote? Now What? An Introduction for Science and Engineering? might be for you.

I’ll be teaching a one-hour workshop covering some EndNote basics next Wednesday, September 24 from 11:15-12:15.

I’ll be covering the following topics:
• Adding Citations
• Storing PDFs/Full Text Links
• Using EndNote with Word to format citations and bibliographies
• Accessing your free EndNote Web Account for remote use
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If you’re interested you can register here. If you have questions feel free to send me an email.

Also a heads up…On Thursday, October 2 from 1:30-2:30 we’ll be hosting an Advanced EndNote workshop offered by an EndNote Instructor who will be able to answer in-depth questions and show you how to do things like customize styles. I’ll write more about that when we get closer, but feel free to register if you’re interested. You can register for that class now.

Finding Grant Funding

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Looking to find more information on funding your research projects? The Science and Engineering Library will be hosting a workshop aimed at assisting Graduate Students find applicable grants to fund their research.

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In this workshop, Grant Funding for Graduate Students, you will be introduced to four different grant search engines that you can use to locate grants for which your research may be eligible. Jody Kempf will go over IRIS, SPIN, and Community of Science and the Foundation Directory and show you some best practices in searching.

The workshop is on Tuesday, September 23 from 3:00-4:15. You can register here.

Managing Your Research

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What better way to start off the semester than getting started with RefWorks?

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RefWorks is an online citation management software that the libraries subscribe to, intended to help students, faculty and staff with their research. In this one hour workshop you’ll learn how you can use Refworks to:
• Organize your research
• Store citations and full text copies of articles
• Format bibliographies and in-text citations
• Facilitate group work through easy sharing of citations.

All at no extra cost to you.

The class will be taught be Jan Fransen and myself on Tuesday, September 9, at Walter Library, Room 310 (2:30-3:30). To learn more or register, click here

Web of Science Workshop

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One more workshop coming up this week at Walter that might be of interest: Research Made Easy: Discover the Web of Knowledge. Tomorrow (Tuesday August 19, 3:30-4:30) Lisa Johnston will be teaching an introductory workshop to this great resource.

If you don’t know, Web of Science is a huge article database that covers a wide variety of science and technology-related topics. It indexes over 8,000 international journals.

In this workshop Lisa will cover:
• Search Strategies
• Getting Articles
• Journal Ranking
• Exporting Citations

If you’re interested, save yourself a seat and register here.

Enhance Your Googling

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Next Wednesday (August 20) we’ll be offering another workshop to help get you ready for the upcoming Fall Semester. This workshop is called Google for Researchers and it will be team taught by Lisa Johnston, the Astronomy, Geology,Geophysics and Physics Librarian, and me.

This workshop will quickly go through a variety of Google search tools (Google Scholar, Google Books, etc.) and productivity tools (Google Docs, iGoogle, etc.). We’ll show you how you can use these tools effectively to make your research process flow even smoother.

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You can expect to learn:
• How to connect Google Scholar to library resources such as our online print subscriptions and RefWorks.
• How to use Google Docs to easily collaborate with colleagues all over the world…for free!
• How to locate physical copies of the books you find search Google Books.
• How to personalize you iGoogle page to maximize it’s efficiency

All that and much, much more. It’s a fast-paced, hands-on workshop that should be a good time.

Once again the date: Wednesday, August 20. 1:00-2:00 Walter 310.

Save yourself a seat--Register here. Email me with any questions.

Getting Published Workshop

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Are you just starting to publish in your field? The Physical Sciences and Engineering Library wants to help. Math Librarian Kris Fowler will be offering a workshop for scholars just starting the publishing process.

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In this workshop Kris will discuss:
• Identifying appropriate journals to submit your work to
• Managing your rights when signing publisher contracts

There will be time to share your questions and ideas with other emerging authors on campus.

The workshop will be held Tuesday, August 19 from 2:00-3:00 in Walter 310. Save yourself a seat by registering here
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Research More Efficiently

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On Monday, August 18 at 2 p.m. Jan Fransen and I will be offering a workshop on getting started with RefWorks. RefWorks is an online citation management system that makes storage and organization of your research more efficient and accessible. Have you ever sat down to start a paper only to realize that the you’ve left your list of important citations back at your apartment? Or have you experienced not being able to remember in what notebook you jotted down that great article you found in Google Scholar last week?

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RefWorks can make those problems obsolete. AND it can format your bibliographies and in-text citations in a matter of seconds.

Here’s what Jan and I will be covering:
• Setting up accounts
• Importing Citations
• Organizing Your Research
• Formatting your bibliography and in-text citations
• Collaborating with your colleagues

If you’ve got a free hour next Monday register here for the class. If this class time doesn’t work for you—send me an email or give me a call. I’m happy to meet with you individually to get you set with a RefWorks account as well.


Looking for Funding?

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Let the library’s help! Next week (Thursday, August 24, 9:00-10:15 a.m.) librarian Jody Kempf will be offering a workshop on searching grant databases to locate sources of funding for your research projects. Knowledge of these resources will help you throughout your academic and post-academic career.

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Jody will give demonstrations and searching hints for the following resources:
Community of Science (COS)
Sponsored Program Information Network (SPIN)
Illinois Researcher Information Service (IRIS)
Foundation Directory Online

You will also learn how to set up alerts to get notifications of funding opportunities sent directly to your email account.

If you’re interested you can register for the class here: http://www.lib.umn.edu/registration/

Are You An EndNote User?

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In two weeks (August 21) we’ll be offering an introductory EndNote workshop at the Science and Engineering Library. The workshop will cover the fundamentals of EndNote. Topics that we’ll cover are:

1.) Setting up a library
2.) Customizing your library
3.) Adding citations
4.) Formatting a bibliography and in-text citations
5.) Using EndNote Web when you’re away from your computer
6.) The new features of version X2

If you’re just starting to use EndNote and you think this workshop would be helpful, please feel free to sign up here.

Coming up in October (October 2nd) we’ll have an instructor from EndNote visiting campus to give a Question and Answer session on more advanced EndNote topics.

If you have questions about the upcoming workshop please let me know. If you have a pressing EndNote question, EndNote’s website offers great customer support.

RefWorks Workshop

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Next Wednesday, I’ll be co-teaching a workshop on RefWorks. RefWorks is a citation management software which you can use for free if you’re affiliated with UMN-TC. Some of the things you can do with RefWorks include:

• Store and organize your citations
• Import citations directly from most databases into your personal account
• Generate formatted bibliographies in seconds
• Format in-text citations in your research papers
• Attach electronic copies of the articles to the citations you’re storing

If this software sounds like it might be useful to you, then you can register for the class here: http://www.lib.umn.edu/registration/#eventidXX75

The workshop will meet from 1:00-2:00 Wednesday, July 23, in Walter 310. If you can’t make it to the workshop, and are interested in learning more, feel free to send me an email and I’d be happy to discuss RefWorks with you one-on-one.

Google Workshop at Walter Library

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Want to learn more about using Google tools effectively in your academic research? Physics, Astronomy and Geology Librarian, Lisa Johnson, will be teaching a workshop exploring Google, Google Scholar, Google Books, and other Google productivity tools that you can incorporate into your research process.

What: Google for Researchers
When: Wednesday, July 9 1:00-2:00 pm
Where: Walter 310

To learn more and/or register go to our workshop webpage