February 2010 Archives

Libraries Workshops

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The University Libraries are working with the graduate school on a pilot program to offer a "Grad Commons"--basically a space on campus where graduate students can work and meet. The idea for this semester is to offer a workshop early in the week then have a corresponding time on the following Friday for individuals consultations. Here are our offerings: 

Tricks of the Trade: Conducting Efficient Library and Web Research
February 23, 2010
Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Location: 101 Walter Library

There are many tools available from the University Libraries and the
web that can increase your effectiveness and efficiency as a
researcher. Learn how to use these to help narrow your topic, research
your literature review, and fill in research gaps. This workshop will
include mini-versions of popular Library workshops including "How do I
know I have found Everything?," "Introduction to Citation Managers,"
"Google for Researchers" and more.

Individual consultation on conducting efficient library and web research is offered through
Friday Grad Commons.


  • Kate Peterson, University Libraries
  • Kristen Mastel, University Libraries

Publishing Your Science Research Article
Date: March 2, 2010
Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Location: TBA

workshop, intended for graduate students 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.

Individual consultation on publishing is offered through
Friday Grad Commons.


  • Kris Fowler, University Libraries
  • Jody Kempf, University Libraries

Friday Graduate Student Commons
Location: N-119 Elliott Hall, East bank
The "Friday Grad Commons" is a collaboration of multiple units across campus to provide students with a quiet space in which to write/read and to also consult with staff and faculty on a wide range of topics related to the graduate student experience. Each Friday will feature a specific topic and University staff and faculty with expertise on that topic will be available for individual consultations.

February 26
10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Quiet space
1:00-4:00 p.m. Individual consultations--Efficient library and web research
Register: http://www.grad.umn.edu/gradcommons/feb26/

March 5
10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Quiet space
1:00-4:00 p.m. Individual consultations--Getting publishing (quiet space starts at 10:30 a.m.)
Register: http://www.grad.umn.edu/gradcommons/mar05/

Article on research

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Writing a Paper? Try These 7 Research Tips
February 10, 2010 05:39 PM ET | Lynn F. Jacobs, Jeremy S. Hyman

Once in a while you get hit with it: the 15- to 25-page research paper, also called the term paper or semester project. This is your chance to join the community of the 20 percent or so of college professors who are actually doing research. How do they do it? And how can you? Have a look at our seven best tips for doing research like a professor:

1. Start from where you are.
2. Think E.
3. Discover WorldCat.
4. Learn the shortcuts.
5. Use the resources that live and breathe.
6. Learn about ILL.
7. Look for "gateway" sources.

PRC Open Houses

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PRC Open House
Come and meet the Peer Research Consultants and talk to Jody Gray and Kate Peterson about this program at this open house. Please encourage all staff to stop by.
When: February 22, 2009 12:30pm-1:30pm
Where: Wilson Library S30A

When: March 1, 2010 12:30pm-1:30pm
Where: Appleby 169

The Peer Research Consultants (PRC) program's goal is to support FYW students as they do library research and find sources to use in their writing. Your students can sit down one-on-one and get personalized research help on their topics. The PRCs build on skills learned in the Unravel the Library workshops.
For more information visit: http://www.lib.umn.edu/services/prc.

PRCs available for spring

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PRC_ad_UGVL.jpgDo you have a student who need extra help with research? Do you have any students who complain they can't find any sources? Do some of your students bibliographies not meet your expectations? Please talk to your students about the Peer Research Consultants (PRC) program. The program's goal is to support FYW students as they do library research and find sources to use in their writing. Your students can sit down one-on-one and get personalized research help on their topics. The PRCs build on skills learned in the Unravel the Library workshops.

New for spring:

*Evening drop-in hours available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with daily drop-in hours Monday-Friday in Wilson Library, Walter Library, and Appleby Hall.
*Students can get a certificate to show they have worked with the PRCs. This can be useful for giving points or extra credit.
*Like last semester, the PRCs are available for class visits and/or we can send you fliers for class distribution.

How many students were seen in fall?

*The PRCs met with over 60 students in fall semester-this exceeded our estimates for this new program.
*Over 60% of students were in WRIT 1301 and 3% from WRIT 1201
*In general, students met with PRCs for over 30 minutes for in-depth guidance

What did students have to say about the PRCs?
Here are some quotes from students this fall:

*"She was very helpful when I was looking for specific information on the library website. She explained the website very well and gave excellent tips!"
*"He was very helpful in helping me figure out what I wanted to write my paper on and where I could find the sources. Afterwards I was able to understand my paper."
*"Approachable advising that assisted me with furthering my research goals; very useful."

How do students find out about the PRCs?

*From you--their class instructors. Over 50% of the students heard about the program from FYW instructors.

For more information visit: http://www.lib.umn.edu/services/prc. The PRCs are also linked from the Undergraduate Virtual Library (http://www.lib.umn.edu/undergrad/).

Art in Wilson Libraries

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The Art in the Libraries 2010 exhibition Tangible Digital Matter celebrates digital media in the work of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff from the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota. All of the work in some way is shaped, affected, manipulated or informed by digital technology. Digital prints, ink jet and laser pieces, mixed media works, and installations integrate simple and complex digital facets with fabric, ceramics, photography, drawing, painting, and sculpture.

The theme of the exhibit is particularly timely for the University Libraries. As books and information find their way more and more in digital form, researchers are, like artists, inventing and journeying through new paths of research praxis. Not only is the path of research and discovery new, but the end products are, also, finding new form and born digital. Tangible Digital Matter is a reflective and metaphoric show for the Libraries, inviting researchers to contemplate the visual manifestations of digital information as it integrates traditional and technologically formed media.

Explore the basement, first and fourth floors of Wilson Library to find the artworks on exhibit.

Jasmine Wallace, MFA Candidate
Tonya Balik, MFA Candidate
Deborah K. Ultan Boudewyns, Exhibit Coordinator
Diane Katsiaficas, Exhibit Co-coordinator
Opening Reception
January 29th
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Wilson Library
4th floor

Wilson Library
University of Minnesota
309-19th Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55455