Forums and workshops

Library Skills Week 2021

Posted by Angela Brcka for University Libraries

Make your academic life easier! Advanced skills and new tools can take your student game to the next level. Join us Nov. 15-19 for Library Skills Week, a free workshop series that will help you develop research skills to be the best student you can be. 

Whether it’s your first semester or you’ve advanced to the doctoral level, we’ve got tips and tricks to make your research more efficient and effective. Follow the links below to register for the sessions that interest you.

All sessions qualify for the “Research & Creative Scholarship” WMU Signature pathway credit

The following sessions qualify for SPuRS credit:

  • Tips & Tricks for Finding Data (foundational leadership and service)
  • Research Time Management (foundational leadership and service)
  • Keeping Current with Scholarly Lit (foundational leadership and service)
  • Market Research and Gen Z (foundational personal and interpersonal knowledge)

Monday, Nov. 15

TimeSessionLocation
1 to 2 p.m.

Conducting a Literature Review in the Sciences

Learn specific techniques for conducting a literature review – searching the published research for all the relevant information – in the sciences disciplines.

Online
4 to 5 p.m.

Tips & Tricks for Finding Data

Discuss considerations for choosing and reusing data and explore a variety of strategies for locating datasets relevant to your project.

Online
7 to 8 p.m.

Research Time Management: Breaking Projects Down to Get Them Done

Learn how to break down research projects, set up a schedule for time management, and create a step-by-step process with a timeline to get it done.

Online

Tuesday, Nov. 16

TimeSessionLocation
1 to 2 p.m.

Citation Software SmackDown (Zotero vs Mendeley)

Get an introduction to citation management software, find out how it works, and a comparison of Zotero and Mendeley, two free software platforms.

Waldo Library
4 to 5 p.m.

Keeping Current with Scholarly Literature in Your Field

Learn how to set up database alerts, and use library tools to get automatic notifications when research on relevant topics, or by authors or journals of interest, are published.

Waldo Library
6 to 7 p.m.

Market Research and Gen Z

Learn about the market research reports available through WMU Libraries and find out what market research firms are saying about Gen Z.

Online

Wednesday, Nov. 17

TimeSessionLocation
3 to 4 p.m.

Chicago Style Notes/Bibliography

Practice citing different kinds of sources using Chicago notes/bibliography style, a style commonly used in some humanities' fields, particularly history, art history and musicology.

Online
4 to 5 p.m.

Managing Your Data in Spreadsheets

Be guided through more effective data wrangling strategies using Excel including: good data entry practices, how to avoid common formatting mistakes, and basic quality control.

Online
5 to 6 p.m.

Finding Reputable Publishing Opportunities (or How to Spot and Avoid Predatory Publishers)

Find out how to look for reputable publishing opportunities and about library resources that can help with this process.

Waldo Library
7 to 8 p.m.

Citing with MLA

Learn how to create citations in the Modern Language Association (MLA) 8th and 9th editions, including how to identify the components and where to find them in an article, book or in Library Search.

Online

Thursday, Nov. 18

TimeSessionLocation
11 a.m. to noon

Smart Notes: Moving Beyond Citation Management to Synthesis

Get an introduction to the "Smart Notes" system developed by Sönke Ahrens, a way of working with your research sources, and ideas that can support the synthesis of what you have read.

Waldo Library
3 to 4 p.m.

Note Taking & Study Strategies

Get tips and tricks for both effective note taking and study strategies.

Online
4 to 5:30 p.m.

Conducting a Literature Review in Education Disciplines

Learn specific techniques for conducting a literature review – searching the published research for all the relevant information – in education-related disciplines.

Waldo Library
6 to 7 p.m.

Citing with APA

Learn about citing sources in APA style; the differences between quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing; formatting and incorporating in-text citations into your paper or presentation; and formatting citations for your reference list.

Online

Friday, Nov. 19

TimeSessionLocation
10 to 11 a.m.

Little Known Tips and Tricks for the PC User

Get an overview of productivity boosts accumulated over 30 years of Windows usage including: automating repetitive tasks, creating custom hotkeys, power searching Google, extracting data from PDFs and websites, favorite Excel tips, and more. 

Online 
Noon to 1 p.m.

Data Cleaning in OpenRefine

Learn the basics of OpenRefine, a powerful and free tool used for wrangling small to medium-sized spreadsheets, and get a demonstration of data cleaning techniques you can use on your datasets.

Online
Date: Monday, Nov. 15 (All day) Tuesday, Nov. 16 (All day) Wednesday, Nov. 17 (All day) Thursday, Nov. 18 (All day) Friday, Nov. 19 (All day)
Location:
Contact: Juliana Espinosa, User Engagement Librarian
Email for more information