Improve Research Skills

symposiumsThis semester, the Washington University Libraries are offering a series of free workshops designed for advanced researchers. There are 12 sessions, and they’ll be offered twice this semester over a two-week period. September sessions will take place in the evening, and October/November sessions will be held at noon. The workshops all share the intersection of scholarly research and technology, providing practical help with key tools, research trends, and issues. This semester’s lineup includes repeats of popular sessions as well as some fresh additions.

All workshops will be held in Olin Library’s Arc Technology Lab, on Level A. Registration is recommended; go to

Data Management Best Practices. Tuesday, September 8, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Monday, October 19, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Learn how to effectively manage your data. This workshop will focus on skill development in the areas of file organization, descriptions, naming conventions, and other best practices.

Visualizing Your Data in Tableau Public. Wednesday, September 9, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, October 20, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Learn about data sources and visualization tools that can be incorporated into research to produce more compelling scholarly outputs. This workshop focuses on the resource Tableau Public.

Reading Digital Texts and Annotating PDFs. Thursday, September 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, October 28, 12:00-1:00 p.m. This workshop will explore reading environments for PDFs and ebooks, with emphasis on annotation tools and other methods to enhance comprehension and memory.

What Happens to Your Thesis or Dissertation (ETD)? Friday, September 11, 4:00-5:00 p.m. and Thursday, October 29, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Learn how to submit your dissertation or thesis electronically, and find out what will happen to it after you leave WU.

Creating Maps for the Web with CartoDB. Monday, September 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, October 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Learn how to create a web map using CartoDB. Students are encouraged to bring data or an idea to this session.

Conducting a Literature Review. Tuesday, September 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, October 27, 12:00-1:00 p.m. The literature review is an essential step when conducting scholarly research. In this session, students will learn and practice strategies for thorough searches in appropriate sources. Attendees are encouraged to bring topic ideas to this session.

True Time Savers: Research Alerts and Browzine. Wednesday, September 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Thursday, October 22, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Learn how to set up research alerts for new content in library databases and catalogs, and from journal publishers. This session will also cover BrowZine, a new library app that allows users to save selected journals and articles.

Googling Like a Pro. Thursday, September 17, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, November 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Are you Googling like a pro? Not sure? This session will cover cool research options on Google.

Finding and Using Images in Your Research. Friday, September 18, 4:00-5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, November 4, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Learn about multidisciplinary image sources (including Artstor), search strategies for finding images, and tips for ethically using and citing images.

Grants and Funding for the Arts and Humanities. Monday, September 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Monday, November 2, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Learn about resources for finding arts and humanities funding opportunities. This session will explore directories, guides, websites, and other resources, including Pivot and Grant Forward.

Zotero, the Bibliography that Builds Itself. Tuesday, September 22, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Monday, October 26, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Zotero is a simple tool that helps you collect, organize, cite, and share research sources. Learn how to use it to gather and organize references and create formatted citations.

Writing the Dissertation. Wednesday, September 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Friday, October 23, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Writing Center staff will provide writing strategies and tips for time management.

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