January 2010 Archives

Especially for the Housing Students....

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Beginning Spring Semester 2010, walk-in government information-
related research help will be provided at the main first floor
reference desk in Wilson Library, rather than from the present
service desk in the basement of Wilson Library.
This will increase the number of hours government information
help is available, and make it easier for faculty and students
to get Library help, as more librarians and Libraries staff will be
trained in government information research.

 

Upcoming Workshops at the Libraries

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January 11-15

Getting Published: How to Publish Your Science Research Article
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.
Time: Monday, 01/11/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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. 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. This class is also available online: http://www.lib.umn.edu/research/instruction/modules/index.html
Time: Monday, 01/11/2010 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

How do I Know I Found Everything?
Working on a new research project, a thesis or dissertation? Need to be comprehensive in your literature search? Explore ways to approach the search, and identify useful--and perhaps unusual--resources.
Time: Tuesday, 01/12/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

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: http://www.lib.umn.edu/research/instruction/modules/index.html
Time: Tuesday, 01/12/2010 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

EndNote: Basics
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. Find a self-paced online version of this course at http://www.lib.umn.edu/research/instruction/modules/index.html.
Time: Tuesday, 01/12/2010 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

Creating Posters Using PowerPoint
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.
Time: Tuesday, 01/12/2010 - 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

Introduction to Data Management for Scientists and Engineers
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.
Time: Wednesday, 01/13/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

Grant Funding for Graduate Students
Find out more about funding opportunities available to graduate students. Learn how to use IRIS, SPIN, and Community of Science and the Foundation Directory to search for grant opportunities. Setting up e-mail updates on specific subjects will also be covered, as well as how to find internal U of M funding sources. Resources for the course are listed on the Web site of the Office of the VP for Research, http://www.collaborate.umn.edu/explore/searching.html.
Time: Wednesday, 01/13/2010 - 11:00am - 12:15pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)
Time: Wednesday, 01/13/2010 - 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

Google for Researchers
With Google, you already search the web, share photos/movies/music, map directions and discover new things...but there are some tools you may have missed. This web search engine is on a mission to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible." So let's explore the new tools and technology that pair Google-efficient tools with library-quality results to weave together a rich information web that goes beyond just the World Wide Web. We'll look at tools such as, Google Docs, RSS Reader, Google Scholar, and iGoogle Research Gadgets that will help you access, evaluate, and share information in an easy collaborative environment.
Time: Wednesday, 01/13/2010 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

RefWorks: Advanced
For RefWorks users who would like to learn more about linking to full text documents, editing styles, and other specialized tasks. Attendees are encouraged to bring their RefWorks questions to the session. A list of advanced features may be found at http://courses.lib.umn.edu/page.phtml?page_id=2603
Time: Wednesday, 01/13/2010 - 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

Formatting Your Dissertation or Thesis in *Word 2007*
Focus on your research instead of your formatting! In this workshop, you'll learn how to use Microsoft Word features effectively and efficiently. We'll cover inserting images and charts, getting your page numbers in the right place, generating tables of contents and figures; and more. Please note that this workshop covers the basic formatting you'll need to comply with Graduate School guidelines. Participants should have basic experience using MS Word. Note this version of the workshop specifically uses Office 2007; an instruction manual is available for Word 2003. We will be using a template and not be working with individual dissertations. Class materials can be found on the Moodle page, at: https://moodle.umn.edu/course/view.php?id=5102. This class is available online: http://www.lib.umn.edu/research/instruction/modules/index.html.
Thu, 01/14/2010 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)
Time: Thursday, 01/14/2010 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

EndNote: Basics
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. Find a self-paced online version of this course at http://www.lib.umn.edu/research/instruction/modules/index.html.
Time: Thursday, 01/14/2010 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

Introduction to Citation Managers
Learn why you should use a citation manager. This workshop will look at 3 common citation managers, RefWorks, EndNote and Zotero. Their features will be compared so you can decide which citation manager best meets your needs.
Time: Friday, 01/15/2010 -  10:30am - 11:30am
Location: S30B Wilson Library

Leveraging Archival Materials into the Curriculum
With a world of materials from art, images, books and reports to maps, blue prints, letters, and more; Archives and Special Collections (http://special.lib.umn.edu/) at the U will broaden a student's experience in any class. This workshop will help faculty and instructors to navigate the logistics of using archival material in your instruction. Get ideas for the possibilities of using primary materials to enrich the classroom experience. A tour will be offered at the end of the workshop.
Time: Friday, 01/15/2010 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: 120b Andersen Library

 

New, Free Scanner available at Magrath Library

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Free scanning is now available at Magrath Library. Just bring your jump drive. Scanning may be done on the printer closest to the Reference Desk. The default file format is PDF, although TIFF and JPEG are also options. The default resolution is 300 dpi, and you may also select a higher one. Some older jump drives may not be compatible. Questions? Please stop in or contact the Reference Desk at 624-1212 or magrath@umn.edu

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