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Winter Workshops in the Library

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
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If you have any questions or would like to be put on a waiting list for a class, please contact Jody Kempf ( ), Sci/Eng instruction coordinator.

Summer Workshops


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.

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Our Winter Break Workshops in Walter are designed specifically for graduate students in the sciences and engineering. They are free and open to anyone, just register by following the links below each event. Many more workshops are also available throughout the University Libraries, see a full list here.

Introduction to Citation Managers
Tue, 01/05/2010 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 101 Walter Library
Instructor(s): Meghan Lafferty
Wed, 01/06/2010 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Thu, 01/07/2010 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Mon, 01/11/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Tue, 01/12/2010 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Instructor(s): Jon Jeffryes
Wed, 01/13/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Wed, 01/13/2010 - 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Thu, 01/14/2010 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Instructor(s): Janet Fransen
Register for this Course

Workshops at the Library for September


The Sci-Eng librarians teach 50-min workshops in Walter Library through-out the year. Here are this months free learning opportunities. All you have to do is sign-up to attend.

These workshops take place in Room 310 Walter Library. Contact Jody Kempf ( if you have questions. View the full list at

Introduction to Citation Managers
Sept 14 1:30 - 2:30pm | October 6 11:15 - 12:15pm
Learn why you should use a citation manager. 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. Register Here

RefWorks Basics
Sept 15 2:30 - 3:30pm
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. Register Here

EndNote Basics
Sept 21 1:30 - 2:30pm
An introduction to using EndNote. 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. Register Here

Grant Funding for Graduate Students

Sept 22 3:30 - 4:15pm
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. Register Here

Zotero : Basics
Sept 23 1:30 - 2:30pm
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. Register Here

Create Posters Using PowerPoint

Sept 28 1:30 - 2:15pm
Getting ready to do a poster at an upcoming conference? Learn
pointers about using PowerPoint to create the poster as one giant
slide, and send it to a large-scale printer. Register Here

Web Tools for Working Collaboratively
Sept 29 1:30 - 2:30pm
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, and UThink. Register Here

Engineering : Find Better Information Faster
Sept 30 2:30 - 3:30pm
A quick tour of the resources available for finding the best
information for your engineering research. We'll demonstrate how
to find journal articles and conference papers using Engineering
Village and Web of Science, show how to access reference books
online using Knovel, and discuss best practices in patents and
standards searching. Register Here

Formatting Your Dissertation in *Word 2007*

October 5 1:30 - 3:30pm
Learn how to use Word features effectively and efficiently, including:
inserting images and page numbers, generating tables of contents
and figures; and more! Participants should have basic experience
using MS Word. This workshop covers the basic formatting you'll
need to comply with Graduate School guidelines. For advanced
formatting questions, please consult the Writing Center. Register Here

Spring Workshops at Walter

January 29RefWorks Basics11:00-12:00
January 29Making an Impact with Wikipedia1:00-2:00
February 4Web Tools11:15-12:15
February 5EndNote for Sci/Eng11:15-12:15
February 9Keeping Up: Web-Based Tools2:30-3:30
February 10Zotero11:15-12:15
February 11Research Made Easy2:30-3:30
February 12Grant Funding3:00-4:15

These workshops are available in Walter 310. More workshops are available at other libraries. Check them out on the registration page.

Walter Winter Workshop Series

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

Monday, January 12, 2:00-3:00: Research Made Easy: Discover the Web of Science
Tuesday, January 13, 2:00-3:00: Google for Researchers
Tuesday, January 13, 3:00-4:00: Getting Published: How to Publish Your Science Research Article
Wednesday, January 14, 3:00-4:00: RefWorks Basics
Thursday, January 15, 3:30-4:30: Collaborative Web Tools Additional class held on February 4th.

Morning workshops are also available at Magrath Library.

Find Grant Funding

The Office of the VP of Research and the libraries have put together a bunch of search tools to help you find grant opportunities. Many of these resources are best used in combination with their e-mail alerts to update you to new grants in your subject areas.

There are many databases to explore, but good ones to try are: IRIS, SPIN, and Community of Science. Also don't forget to search for grant opportunities in internal U of M funding sources.

The library also offers regular workshops on how to search and set-up your alerts in the best databases for scientific researchers. Look for "Grant Funding - Search Tools and Resources" on our Workshop page for the next opportunity to sign up for this free event or contact our outreach coordinator to deliver this workshop to your class or research group.