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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 (e.g. 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 »

Day Date Time Workshop Type Room


  • icon-basic Basic: Workshops provide the foundation needed to begin your research.
  • icon-everyone Everyone: General information that is useful in all research included in these workshops.
  • icon-advanced Advanced: For those who already know how to use the library and want to advance their subject research skills.
  • Premier: Intended for student researchers and faculty.

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.


Learn what copyright is, what kinds of things it protects, how long it lasts, how you can use copyrighted material (Creative Commons, Fair Use, or getting permission), and how you can protect your own creative works.


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.

RefWorks Basics

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

Chicago Manual of Style

Chicago style is used extensively in the humanities and social sciences; however, its eccentricities can make it more difficult to navigate than the other styles. This workshop will introduce you to the Online Chicago Manual of Style and demonstrate its many important features.

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.

Selecting a Topic and Planning Your Research

This workshop is for students who are struggling to find manageable topics for their research papers or projects. The session will cover how to identify topics that are too broad, too narrow and those that are manageable. Participants will brainstorm topics and get feedback about how to turn those topics into manageable research questions. Also covered will be how to set up a search plan, which includes creating a concept table of search terms and selecting the right databases to find the best sources for the topics selected.

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.

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.

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.

Social Sciences: Beyond the Basics

You know the basics—the library catalog, the databases in your discipline and many of the tools you have used habitually for your coursework and basic projects, but now you want to go deeper, either because you are getting ready to write your thesis or you want to work on a manuscript for publication. This workshop will cover the tools researchers use to go beyond the basics in order to do an exhaustive review of the literature. Learn how to expand your literature review beyond the familiar databases by and by employing current awareness services. Follow the bibliographic trail by using advanced searching techniques in Google Scholar, World Catalog, Retrospective databases, dissertation databases, and through cited author references.

Locating Funding Opportunities – Grants, Foundations, & Residencies

This workshop will offer information about the best sources for locating funding opportunities in the form of grants, foundations, and residencies for scholars looking for support for their research. The session will look at finding and accsessing databases and government sites that offer these opportunities.

Mindmapping for Research

Learn how to create, edit, and display mind maps in order to visualize your information. This workshop will cover a free online tool that can be used to help brainstorm and preserve your research ideas, to visually outline your papers, and to share your ideas with others.

Evernote for Research

Evernote is a popular free tool that can be used to create, edit, organize, and display your notes, photos, audio files, website clippings, and other kinds of information. Learn how to use the web-based version as your personal research information repository.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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