Library 501: Graduate Student Workshops

2018-19 Library 501 Workshops

How to be a Graduate Scholar
Pick up all the right tools to becoming a graduate scholar! This session will cover both the traditional scholarly publishing process as well as ways of disseminating your research and ideas through non-traditional avenues such as through blogging, micro-blogging, and social media. Join us and learn to navigate the intricate world of publishing by increasing your understanding on issues such as: author rights, copyright, open access, self-archiving, blogging in academia, metrics, and the ethical use of websites like Research Gate and Academia.edu. There will also be a focus on predatory journals which will aim to help students to learn what a predatory journal is, how to identify predatory journals, and how to assess whether or not a journal is credible. By the end of this session, you will have a primer on how to be a graduate scholar by using a variety of approaches to publishing and getting your work seen.
Thursday, September 27th 2-4pm -- Library Smart Classroom B (Rm.190)

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Finding, Using and Publishing Images in Advanced Research, Teaching and Graduate Studies 
This session introduces you to advanced tools for finding, using and building ‘sustainable’ image collections for teaching, research and publishing. How do you design an image collection to store those valuable ideas and easily retrieve them in the future? How do you add metadata to image files for effective computer searches? What type of image file should you be saving your images in? What are the differences in image files? Why can you not cut and paste images into your PowerPoint presentations? Where do you look for that particular image? How do you quickly find copyright information on the various publishers? How do you determine what copyright permissions are needed for teaching or publishing your thesis, book, article? Are there different requirements? Is copyright permission needed for using images on Quercus, webpages or blogs? What are the best resources to save time and obtain the images you need?  This session introduces tools, resources and answer those questions.   
Tuesday, October 2nd  2-3pm -- Library Smart Classroom B (Rm.190)

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Practice Makes Perfect: Best Practices for Making Research Posters 
As a Graduate Student, you will very likely be presenting a research poster at least once in your academic career.  Attend our session on creating research posters and learn about the dos and don’ts of poster creation, and what makes an effective poster for an academic audience.
Tuesday, October 16th  3-4pm -- Library Smart Classroom B (Rm.190)

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Your Twitter ROI: Making the Most of Twitter in Academia
Looking to optimize your Twitter activity in order to effectively benefit your career? This hands-on session will introduce you to Twitter best practices, how to find online communities in your field, and how to get the most out of the time and effort you put in to using Twitter. Get your ideas out there and get recognized by utilizing these tips and tools!
Wednesday, October 24th  3-4pm -- Library Smart Classroom B (Rm.190)

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Author Identifiers and Measuring your Research Impact 
Interested in making your researcher more visible and raising your impact as an author?  Researcher identifiers are an easy way to ensure your work is properly cited, will make it easier to search and to help you analyze your research impact. Learn about what author identifiers are, the benefits of having one and how it can impact your current and future research.  Attendees will also be guided through the process of where and how to sign up for an ID.
Thursday, November 1st,  3-4pm -- Library Smart Classroom B (Rm.190)

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ArcGIS Beginners: Sources and Steps for Mapping Out Your Research Sites
Doing field research and need to make a map of your research site? Unsure where to find digital base maps or data to use with your research data. This session will provide you with everything you need to know to begin making professional looking maps for research purposes. 
Tuesday, November 6th,  4-5:30pm -- Library Smart Classroom B (Rm.190)

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Google Like a Pro 
Get more from your Google and Google Scholar searching by attending this one-hour workshop.  Learn advanced search tools and techniques in Google and Google Scholar that can save you time and make you more productive.  This interactive, hands-on session will introduce participants to:

  • Google’s search logic, search operators and other advanced search features
  • Google’s search widgets for quick reference, calculations and more
  • Google’s image and reverse image searching capabilities
  • Google Scholar’s search functionality and integration with the library’s collections
  • Other useful Google products and tools that may have research value

Attendees should leave the workshop with practical tips and know-how about Google and Google Scholar they can use in their own research.    Note that this session will be in the Finance Learning Centre located on the Lower Level of the Innovation Complex.
Thursday, November 15th,  3-4pm – Library Smart Classroom B (Rm. 190)

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Introduction to Open Source Imaging Tools
Eye-catching images for presentations, posters, or social media can have a great impact.  There are plenty of robust and powerful imaging tools that are free and open source.  This session will be an introduction to using GIMP, specifically how to use layers, adjust levels, set transparency, export images for print and web, and retouching photos.  We can also explore other tools and other, GIMP alternatives.
Thursday, November 22nd,  3-4pm -- Library Smart Classroom B (Rm.190)

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