Library 501: Graduate Student Workshops

Beginning in the Winter Term of 2018, the UTM Library will be offering a set of 1 hour workshop sessions aimed at Graduate Students. All sessions with be in the Library or LKCFLC.

Research Stream

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 Blackboard, 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.

Scholarly publishing best practices and avoiding predatory journals
This session will give a brief overview of the scholarly publishing process touching on author rights, copyright, open access, in addition to repositories and self-archiving. 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. 

Blogging, Publishing, and Impact: Going Beyond Tradition
No longer are traditional publishing avenues the sole way to disseminate your research ideas and outputs. Beyond books and journal articles, academics are now bringing their ideas to blogging, microblogging, and social media. Attend this session to learn about blogging in academia, open access publishing, metrics, and the ethical use of websites like Research Gate and, all through the lens of benefitting your research impact.


Technology Stream

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. 


“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.

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!