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Workshop Descriptions

Enrich Your Research with Data: Data Sets for the Social Sciences

You've read the theories and articles, and you know it must be true, but sometimes finding concrete data to back it up can be difficult. This hour-long workshop will cover where and how to find data sets for social sciences research.




Advanced Mendeley User Group

A workshop to discuss your usage of Mendeley and to get help with issues you're encountering with Mendeley. Bring your own laptop if you need specific help or want to show something.




Advanced Zotero User Group

A workshop to discuss your usage of Zotero and to get help with issues you're encountering with Zotero. Bring your own laptop if you need specific help or want to show something.




Beyond the journal impact factor: introduction to altmetrics, new ways of measuring scholarly impact on the social web

Learn about alternative measurements for the impact of your publications, and how they fit into the scholarly landscape.




Business Research Help

It's the end of the quarter and your projects are due! Get help from a librarian with a live online workshop tailored to business students.




Current Awareness: Keeping up with Research in Your Area

Information on the tools available for keeping up with the latest scholarship in your research areas. This session will cover the following topics:

*RSS Feeds vs. Email Alerts
*RSS readers and start pages
*How to create database search alerts
*How to create Journal TOC alerts
*Keeping up with new books
*Turning RSS feeds into email alerts




Embedding Articles, Books and Multimedia in Online Classes

The Portland State University Library provides access to a wealth of online materials that can be used as online course content. Learn how to seamlessly integrate online articles, books, and multimedia with D2L while respecting copyright and licensing agreements.




Finding Non-English Materials

Can't find books or articles in Spanish or Russian? Want to know if the library has Harry Potter in Japanese? Wonder no more! This workshop will help you discover books, articles and DVDs in an array of languages, both online and libraries worldwide. We will review searching for materials via library catalogs and online databases, as well as how to use online translation tools. By the end of the workshop, users will have a mental toolkit for locating materials written or spoken in the language of your choice.




FRINQ & SINQ Drop-in Research Workshop

It's the end of the quarter and your projects are due! Get help from a librarian in a workshop tailored to students in FRINQ and SINQ.




Grad Student Library Workshop Series: Discover Your Library

An orientation to the Library and its resources, including a brief tour of the website and building. Refreshments will be served! See http://library.pdx.edu/graduatestudentservices.html for more information. No registration required.




Grad Student Library Workshop Series: Government Information

Learn the most important strategies and sources to find government information.




Grad Student Library Workshop Series: Library Skills Refresh

Feeling a bit rusty after a few years out of school? Or ready to take the next step in your grad program but not quite sure how to best conduct library research? This confidence-building workshop will improve your skills in choosing search keywords, searching the library catalog, choosing and searching library databases, and using Google Scholar to find out who has cited important articles. You'll also learn how to know when it's time to consult a librarian. All grad students are welcome!




Grad Student Library Workshop Series: Meet Your Subject Librarian

Librarians for specific subject areas will describe the library resources to support your research.




Grad Student Library Workshop Series: Presenting Your Scholarly Work

Graduate students are expected to present their work in many different forums and formats. This session will cover presentation standards, offer an overview of different software for presentations, and demonstrate the Library's practice presentation rooms.




Grad Student Library Workshop Series: Research on the Intellectual Frontier: Exploring Emerging Topics through the Literature

New and emerging research areas, while represented in scholarly journals and other publications, pose unique challenges for discovery. In this session, you'll learn about strategies and techniques for researching areas that are rapidly evolving and less well-defined. In addition to discovery tips within traditional scholarly publications, we will also discuss the value of grey literature--white papers, government reports, technical reports, preprints, and other materials.




Grad Student Library Workshop Series: Special Collections, University Archives, and Digital Libraries

Not everything is online, and some online collections can be hard to find. Learn about the interesting manuscripts, papers, books, and other materials held by the Library's University Archives and Special Collections from University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Cris Paschild. Then Joan Petit will share tips and techniques for finding free, online digital libraries from archives, museums, and libraries around the world. This session will be relevant for anyone interested in archives and primary sources.




History Research Lab

Librarian Joan Petit will be available for this drop-in lab for any students needing help finding primary and secondary sources for History papers, as well as papers in related areas like Judaic Studies.




Keep your author rights and increase the impact of your scholarship: open access practices and PDXScholar

This workshop will discuss strategies for retaining the rights to your publications, open access concepts, and how to use PDXScholar, Portland State University's Institutional Repository, to create global visibility for your scholarly work and address open access mandate requirements.




Laptops, Tutoring, Group Study Rooms and Other Surprises the Library Offers






Library Tour

Take a guided tour of the library and learn about the different services and facilities that are available to help you with research. Library Tours last 1/2 hour and are offered twice a week. Please call 503 725-5874 if you have questions about the tours.
Upcoming Workshops:
04/22/2014 (Millar Library - Circulation Desk) @ 11:00am-11:30am
04/23/2014 (Millar Library - Circulation Desk) @ 4:00pm-4:30pm



Library Workshop for FRINQ/SINQ Mentors

Brush up on what the library has to offer you at this workshop for FRINQ and SINQ mentors. We will cover resources that will help you support your students' research as well as what we can do to help YOU!




Literature Review Research for Theses and Dissertations

A thorough literature review sets the stage for success in a large research project like a thesis, dissertation, or grant proposal. This session will give students tips and strategies for conducting effective and comprehensive literature review research.




Managing Information

Organizational skills are critical to success in research. This session will present tips for staying organized, not getting overwhelmed with information, and approaching research methodically. This runs from note taking to citation management with programs like Zotero and Mendeley. No registration required.




Managing Information Overload






Mendeley for Beginners

Bibliographies made easy! Learn to use the citation management system Mendeley to collect, organize and cite research sources. Bring a laptop if you want to use Mendeley in-class and visit http://guides.library.pdx.edu/managecitations for info on installing and using Mendeley.




Open Access (OA), Authors Rights and PDXScholar

The benefits of open access publishing are many. Among them, OA publications are cited more frequently, researchers and students have access to research studies and scholarship without pay barriers, and content is accessible worldwide. Additionally U.S. federal agencies already require or will soon require open access for research studies published from funded grants. This workshop will discuss OA concepts, author rights best practices and how to use PDXScholar, Portland State University's Institutional Repository, to create global visibility of your scholarly work and address open access mandate requirements.
Sarah Beasley, Scholarly Communication Coordinator and Karen Bjork, Digital Initiatives Coordinator




Open access practices and PDXScholar: increase the impact of your scholarship






Power Searching in Ovid MEDLINE

Learn to use Ovid MEDLINE like the pros! Creating power searches in Ovid MEDLINE will save you time, energy, and frustration as you complete that research project, literature review, or other school work. This session will cover the ins and outs of finding appropriate subjects to search, constructing searches using the "explode" and "focus" features, and general tips. All graduate students are welcome to attend, but it will be especially useful for students working toward MPH degrees, Gerontology Certificates, MA/MS in Health Studies, or an MPA in Health Administration.




Publishing Your Work

This workshop will cover resources to help you determine where to place your articles (what journals publish in your area and how can you evaluate their quality), open access publishing, as well as your rights as an author and strategies for retaining them when you publish.




Research Assignment Design to Promote Student Learning

This workshop will help you to design research assignments that are clear, supportive, and scaffold the development of student research skills.




Scholarly Communications, Publishing, and Copyright

What rights do graduate students have as authors? Are open-access journals a viable alternative for publication? This session will address these and other questions about the quickly changing world of publishing and copyright.




Writing Drop-In Research Workshop

It's the end of the quarter and your projects are due! Get help from a librarian in a workshop tailored to students in Writing.




Zotero and Mendeley Basics

Bibliographies made easy! Learn to use citation management tools Zotero and Mendeley to collect, organize and cite research sources. This will provide a basic overview of each system. Bring a laptop if you want to use the tools in-class and visit http://guides.library.pdx.edu/managecitations for info on installing and using Zotero and Mendeley.




Zotero for Beginners

Bibliographies made easy! Learn to use the citation management system Zotero to collect, organize and cite research sources. Bring a laptop if you want to use Zotero in-class and visit http://guides.library.pdx.edu/managecitations for info on installing and using Zotero.




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