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Research Rescue offers a variety of useful workshops that provide the skills you need to be a successful researcher. Workshops are free to USF students and faculty.

 
Audrey Powers
Associate Librarian
813-974-9001
apowers@usf.edu

Workshops

These workshops are designed to teach you about how to use library resources, the scholarly research process, and academic integrity. Please register 24 hours in advance in order for us to accurately anticipate the number of attendees expected. If there is something you would like to learn about but don’t see a workshop offered, please suggest a workshop »

  • Workshop descriptions are listed at the bottom of your screen.
  • Day Date Time   Workshop Room
    Fri. Sep. 11 10:00 Preparing Your Promotion/Tenure Portfolio – Documenting Impact LIB201
    Wed. Sep. 16 2:00 Exploring Topics LIB125 D
    Thurs. Sep. 17 2:00 Using the Library: Research 101 LIB201
    Tues. Sep. 22 2:00 Using the Library: Research 101 LIB201
    Tues. Sep. 29 9:30 Avoiding Plagiarism LIB125 D
    Wed. Sep. 30 2:00 Using the Library: Research 101 LIB201
    Mon. Oct. 5 2:00 Using the Library: Research 101 LIB201
    Tues. Oct. 6 2:00 Locating Government Statistics LIB201
    Tues. Oct. 6 3:30 Keeping Track of Where You Found It LIB201
    Tues. Oct. 6 3:30 Choosing Where to Publish Your Article LIB125 D
    Wed. Oct. 7 2:00 Conducting a Literature Review LIB201
    Wed. Oct. 7 3:30 Choosing Where to Publish Your Article Online
    Thurs. Oct. 8 2:00 Understanding Citations LIB201
    Thurs. Oct. 8 2:00 Using RefWorks: Basic Skills LIB309
    Thurs. Oct. 8 3:30 Conducting Research in the Social Sciences Online
    Fri. Oct. 9 2:00 Locating Primary Sources LIB201
    Mon. Oct. 12 2:00 Complying with Copyright LIB125 D
    Tues. Oct. 13 2:00 Using EndNote LIB201
    Tues. Oct. 13 3:30 Using RefWorks: Advanced Skills Online
    Wed. Oct. 14 2:00 Using RefWorks: Basic Skills LIB201
    Wed. Oct. 14 11:00 Avoiding Plagiarism LIB125 D
    Wed. Oct. 14 2:00 Using Evernote for Research LIB309
    Thurs. Oct. 15 2:00 Using Web of Science LIB201
    Mon. Oct. 19 2:00 Mindmapping for Research LIB201
    Tues. Oct. 20 2:00 Using EndNote Online
    Wed. Oct. 21 2:00 Conducting a Literature Review LIB201
    Wed. Oct. 21 2:00 Using Mendeley LIB309
    Wed. Oct. 18 2:00 Using the Library: Research 101 LIB201


    Workshop Descriptions

    Workshops for anyone using the library for the first time

    Using the Library: 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 at no charge.
    By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

    • navigate the library webpage
    • locate resources online or in the library
    • identify types of materials available in the library

    Exploring Topics

    This workshop is for students who want to explore topics for their research papers or projects. Participants will brainstorm topics and get feedback about how to turn those topics into manageable research questions.

    By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

    • identify topics that are too broad, too narrow and those that are manageable
    • create a search plan with keywords and major concepts
    • select databases to find the best sources for your topic
    Useful information for all levels of research

    Understanding Citations

    Learn strategies for interpreting bibliographies and citations in discover if a resource is available at the USF Libraries.

    By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

    • identify where to locate bibliographies
    • read citations correctly
    • determine where to look to ascertain if USF owns the needed resources

    Complying with Copyright

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

    By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

    • define copyright
    • identify what copyright protection is and how long it lasts
    • discuss use of copyrighted materials
    • protect your own creative works

    Conducting a Literature Review

    Learn what a literature review is and develop a search strategy to conduct a literature review in your field.

    By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

    • identify types of literature reviews
    • design search strategies to complete a successful literature review
    • recognize standard search tools to develop efficient and effective searches

    Locating Government 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.

    By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

    • identify what is available
    • identify appropriate sources for statistical data
    • locate statistics for use in your research

    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.

    By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

    • list the benefits of using citation management systems
    • identify citation management systems
    • discover which system is best for you

    Using EndNote

    This session covers everything you need to know to get started with the EndNote citation management software. Bring your own computer or use the EndNote equipped computers available in the teaching lab.

    By the end of this workshop you will be able to use EndNote to:

    • establish an Endnote library
    • import citations from databases
    • create in-text citations and bibliographies

    Using Mendeley

    This session covers everything you need to know to get started using Mendeley, “a free reference manager and academic social network.” This resource combines the qualities of a database and a citation management system into one efficient tool.

    By the end of this workshop you will be able to use Mendeley to:

    • organize your research
    • collaborate with others online
    • discover the latest research in your field

    Using RefWorks: Basic Skills

    Get started with RefWorks, a free citation software that helps you organize and cite your sources.

    By the end of this workshop you will be able to use RefWorks Basics to:

    • create a RefWorks account
    • import citations
    • organize your references
    • generate a bibliography

    Using Chicago Manual of Style

    Chicago style is used extensively in the humanities and social sciences. This workshop will introduce you to the Online Chicago Manual of Style and demonstrate its many important features.

    By the end of this workshop you will be able to use Chicago Manual of Style to:

    • identify the components of 16th edition Chicago citation style, 16th edition
    • create your own citations

    Using Web of Science

    This session explores the Web of Science database. Learn citation metrics, alerts, and funding sources.

    By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

    • navigate the Web of Science
    • understand citation metrics
    • use the advanced features of this database

    Avoiding Plagiarism

    Do you know the rules about when and how to cite your sources to avoid plagiarism?

    By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

    • identify techniques and tools for avoiding plagiarism
    • discuss rules about when to cite your sources
    • identify the difference between summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting sources

    Using Evernote for Research

    Learn how to use the web-based version of Evernote as your personal archive for notes, photos, audio files, website clippings, and other kinds of information.

    By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

    • use Evernote to create, edit, organize, and display your data

    Mindmapping for Research

    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.

    By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

    • identify the principles and advantages of visual “mindmapping”
    • create, edit, and display mind maps in order to visualize your information
    Workshops for student researchers and faculty who want to enhance their research skills.

    Using RefWorks: Advanced Skills

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

    By the end of this workshop you will be able to use RefWorks to:

    • use Write-N-Cite to create in-text references
    • edit your references
    • back up your account
    • identify other advanced features

    Conducting Research in the Social Sciences

    By now you are familiar with the basic research tools such as the catalog, general databases and those in your field. This session is for those who want to go deeper, either because you are doing in depth research for a thesis or because they are writing a manuscript for publication.

    By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

    • locate and expand your knowledge of specialized databases
    • utilize bibliographies and cited references to locate resources
    • employ advanced searching techniques with Google Scholar and other databases
    • identify e-alerting tools
    • identify resources for doing historical or retrospective searching of the literature

    Funding Opportunities for Research

    This workshop will offer information about the best sources for locating funding opportunities in the form of grants, foundations, and residencies for scholars seeking research support.

    By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

    • identify your funding needs in a professional context
    • locate databases and government sites that offer funding opportunities in your field
    • search for grants, foundations, and residencies

    Locating Primary Sources

    Primary sources are original artifacts or documents and are the raw materials of research. Primary sources can be a challenge to identify. Learn how to utilize these materials in the USF Library Special Collections.

    By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

    • recognize, locate, and analyze primary sources
    • navigate USF Library Special Collections

    Choosing Where to Publish Your Article

    Impact factors and journal rankings figure heavily into are important in the promotion and tenure process because they indicate to others the visibility and value of work in the public sphere. Metrics are used to evaluate journal quality when submitting manuscripts for publication.

    By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

    • identify library resources that offer journal profiles
    • locate bibliometrics that offer journal rankings and impact factors
    • identify tools to avoid predatory journals

    Preparing Your Promotion/Tenure Portfolio – Documenting Impact

    This workshop is designed to show scholars how to build a strong tenure/promotion portfolio through documenting the impact of journals in which they publish and cited references to their work.

    By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

    • identify tools that offer journal rankings and metrics that measure journal impact
    • build a strong promotion/tenure portfolio that documents cited references to your work
    • discuss the use of altmetrics trend and their place in the promotion and tenure process
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