WU Libraries’ Free Research & Tech Workshops Return March 21

dariaIf you missed the February round of WU Libraries’ Research Studios, we have good news for you! A second round of workshops will begin on March 21. These sessions will  take place in the evenings (see schedule below) in the Arc Lab, located on Level A of Olin Library.

The Research Studios are free and open to the WU community. If you want to attend a particular workshop but have a scheduling conflict, go to Libcal to request a one-on-one session for yourself or a small group at a time that works for you. For more information, contact Jenny Akins at jakins@wustl.edu.

Citation Management with Zotero and related apps Papership & Zed with Daria Carson-Dussan and Jenny Akins

Monday, March 21; 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Zotero is essential for graduate students and faculty—a simple tool that helps users collect, organize, cite, and share research sources. In this session, you’ll learn how to gather and organize references and create formatted citations. You’ll also learn about related apps Papership for Mac and Zed for Android, which can be synced with a Zotero library. Registration for this session is limited to WU students, faculty, and staff. A WUSTL key is required in order to use library computers.

R for Mere Mortals with Cindy Traub

Tuesday, March 22; 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Learn what R can do for you and your data. This quick workshop will get you up and running using R and R Studio—great tools for examining, cleaning, visualizing, and analyzing your data. This session is ideal for users with little or no working knowledge of R.

Online Notebooks for Organizing Notes and Research with Daria Carson-Dussan and Rina Vecchiola

Wednesday, March 23; 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Learn how to organize and manage notes, writing, and research using collaborative and individual cloud-based writing notebooks. This session will introduce you to features in Evernote and OneNote.

Scrivener with Brian Vetruba and Eliot Boden

Thursday, March 24; 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Scrivener is a writing software application aimed at writers of all kinds—novelists, journalists, academics, screenwriters, playwrights—who need to structure a long piece of text while referring to research documents. Come give it a try at this workshop!

True Time-Savers Research Alerts and BrowZine with Brian Vetruba

Friday, March 25; 4:00-5:00 p.m.: Using alerts can save you valuable time and help you stay current! Come learn how to set up research aIerts for new content in library databases, library catalogs, and from journal publishers. This session will also cover BrowZine, a new library app that allows you to save your favorite journal articles.

Introduction to QGIS with Jennifer Moore

Monday, March 28; 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Learn about this open-source, desktop GIS software, which can be installed directly on your Mac.

Finding and Using Images in Your Research with Jenny Akins

Tuesday, March 29; 5:30-6:30 p.m.: This session will teach you new strategies for finding images and tips for ethically using and citing images. You’ll also learn about multidisciplinary image sources, including Artstor.

Tips for Networking Events within Your Field with Charmaine Scott

Wednesday, March 30; 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Planning to attend a colloquium or conference? At this session, you’ll learn how to meet and build relationships with researchers in your field.

Data Management Best Practices with Cynthia Hudson-Vitale

Thursday, March 31; 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Data management isn’t just the organization of multiple spreadsheets and log files—it’s also the management of the entire data spectrum, including images, text files, and interviews. Learn how to effectively manage your data in this workshop, which will focus on file organization, descriptions, naming conventions, and other best practices.

Googling Like a Pro with Debbie Katz

Friday, April 1; 4:00-5:00 p.m.: This session will cover some really cool research options on Google. Swing by and learn some hidden tricks that are guaranteed to help you search like a pro!

Tap into Special Collections with Sonya Rooney and Joel Minor

Monday, April 4; 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Washington University Libraries’ Special Collections are valuable resources for primary and rare secondary source materials. In this session, you’ll learn how to access these materials and get an overview of Special Collections’ holdings and services.




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