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Listed below are Research Rescue workshops that were designed to help you become proficient at using the library in order to avoid last minute frustrations. They are intended for students and faculty new to USF (Research 101) as well as those who happen to be more advanced library users. Workshops about specific subjects, citation management, and other general topics (i.e. copyright, using apps, finding dissertations, conducting a literature review, documenting impact) are provided (). Please register 24 hours in advance to give us an idea of the expected workshop size. If there’s something you would like to learn about but don’t see a workshop offered, please schedule a one-on-one consultation or suggest a workshop »

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Workshop Descriptions

Research 101

Learn more about how to locate items in the library, either physically or electronically, what kinds of materials are available and what services the library has to offer with no charge.

Locating Statistics

In this workshop you will discover how to find U.S. census materials and other international sources such as United Nations data along with World data information including statistics for multiple areas of interest.


What you need to know as an author, how to use copyrighted materials, re-using your own published works, and how to protect your work.

Special Collections 101

Visit Special Collections and learn about the unique resources available here at USF. Learn how to conduct research with rare and fragile materials and how to find primary sources in Special Collections. From navigating archival collection guides to tips and tricks for handling manuscripts, this session will equip you to perform research with the Library’s unique primary sources.

There’s an App for That!

Learn how to use graphical mind mapping software to generate and preserve ideas, how to record, organize, and preserve notes and images (using Evernote), and how to backup and synchronize your most important working documents and other files across multiple computers, tablets, and smartphones (using Dropbox).

Locating Primary Sources

Primary sources are original artifacts or documents, and are the raw materials of research. Often, primary sources can be a challenge to identify. Learn how to recognize, find and analyze primary sources in this workshop.

RefWorks Basics

This session covers all the basics – creating a RefWorks account, importing data, organizing your database and generating a bibliography.


This session covers everything you need to know to get started with the EndNote citation management software. You can bring your own computer (ask us about getting EndNote from the USF computer stores), or participants may use the EndNote equipped computers available in the teaching lab. By the end of the workshop, attendees will be familiar with all the major EndNote features, including establishing a library, importing citations from the databases into EndNote, and creating bibliographies by using the EndNote MS Word interactivity.


This session covers everything you need to know to get started using Mendeley, “a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.” To learn more and set up an account prior to the workshop, just go to: http://www.mendeley.com/. This unique (and free) resource combines the qualities of a database and a citation management system into one unique tool.

Keeping Track of Where You Found It

Discover the benefits of using a citation management system. An overview of the various systems offered at USF will help you decide which one is right for you.

Resources for News & Media

Learn how to locate and use the USF Tampa Library to find reliable news and media sources.

Documenting Scholarly Impact

How do scholars profile the impact of their work through cited references and journal ranking? The session will cover bibliometric tools that assist researchers in deciding where to submit their manuscripts, how to determine the impact of their journal publications, and finally, how to build a strong tenure/promotion portfolio in documenting their cited references.

Conducting a Literature Review

In this workshop you will learn what a literature review is as well as develop a search strategy to implement a comprehensive literature review. You will acquire the skills to develop a methodology for conducting a literature review that you are comfortable with in order to move forward with your research endeavors.

Sciences: Beyond the Basics

This session will include an introduction to the Web of Science database and you will also learn how to use many of the more subtle features, such as learning about funding sources, citation metrics, and setting up alerts.

The Arts: Beyond the Basics

There are many resources available to you when doing research in the arts. Discover very cool image, audio and video databases that are become important to you in your research and scholarly pursuits.

Find What You Need at the Library

Learn the secrets of identifying how to interpret bibliographies and citations in order to know what you are looking for and then to discover if we have it at the USF Libraries.

Scholarly Research & Publishing

This workshop will introduce you to the world of scholarly publishing. Learn how to read a journal article, what the peer review process is like, how to find impact factors of journals, and many other basic research skills.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Do you know the basic rules about when and how to cite your sources to avoid being accused of plagiarism? What is common knowledge and how does that play a part in citing sources? This workshop will help you with this aspect of your research by covering basics about techniques and tools for avoiding plagiarism, rules about when to cite your sources, and how to cite a variety of materials used for your research. Bring your questions and research projects to this workshop for assistance.

RefWorks Advanced: Keeping Track of Where You Found It

This session covers topics such as using Write-N-Cite to create in-text citations, editing references, account back up and more.

Locating Test & Measures

This workshop offers an introduction to finding tests, measurements, and survey tools. Databases featured include Mental Measurements Yearbook and the HaPI database. Additional information about where to access tests and measures is provided.

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