Workshops

Fall 2020 Online Workshops 

The Library is offering online workshops on Zotero, Mendeley, and data management planning via Zoom. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. 

Please register for workshops in advance using the links provided. You will be sent a Zoom link prior to the workshop. 

Introduction to Zotero

Instructor: Rick Mikulski 
Date: October 27th
Time: 12-1pm 
Register for the October to Zotero Workshop
(Please register by 5pm, Friday October 23rd.)

Instructor: Rick Mikulski 
Date: November 4th
Time: 4-5pm 
Register for the November to Zotero Workshop
(Please register by 5pm, Monday, November 2nd.)

Description: This workshop provides an overview of Zotero, a free and open-source citation management tool that allows users to capture, save, and annotate research notes. Zotero is an especially powerful research tool because it can capture records directly from databases, GoogleScholar, websites, and the PSU Catalog. In this tutorial session, we will cover: 

  • Basic functions of Zotero; 
  • Saving citations; 
  • Connecting Zotero to your browser via the free plugin; 
  • Importing Zotero citations directly into Microsoft Word documents; 
  • Adding your own research notes to citation records; 
  • Creating project-specific lists and folders. 

To maximize our time, we ask that attendees download Zotero in advance of the session. A detailed walkthrough can be found on our guide

Mendeley 

Instructor: Emily Ford
Date: November 20th
Time: 1:30-3pm
Register for the Mendeley Workshop 
(Please register by 5pm, Wednesday, November 18th)

Description: In this workshop, you’ll be introduced to Mendeley, a citation management tool owned by Elsevier. The workshop will include an overview of the software’s features, and will introduce you to the basics of importing and managing citations and articles. The workshop will also cover some advanced functions, such as syncing articles saved to your computer, as well as practical tips and strategies for using the tool. To get the most out of the workshop, attendees are encouraged to create a Mendeley account and download the software to their computers prior to the workshop time.

Data Management Planning 

Instructor: Rick Mikulski
Date: October 28th
Time: 1-2pm 
Register for the Data Management Planning Workshop
(Please register by 5pm, Monday, October 26th)

Description: Data Management is a vital and necessary part of all research projects, and Data Management Plans (DMP) are now required for most federal grants. This workshop provides a brief overview of Data Management, followed by a hands-on tutorial on DMPTool. DMPTool is software that allows users to create DMP specifically tailored to their discipline and funding agency.  Due to the extremely broad nature of Data Management, which (by design) contains ambiguity and confusion, a large portion of the session will be reserved for Data Management questions. In the interest of time, it would be useful if attendees create a free DMPTool account in advance. 

 

Request a Workshop

Students, faculty, and staff can request workshops. Workshops are held in the Library or any room on campus with presentation equipment.

  1. Find at least four individuals committed to attending one of the workshops in the Workshop Menu.
  2. Submit the Workshop Request form.

Contact your subject librarian for individual, smaller group help, or other instruction services.

Have a suggestion for a workshop? Please email Kim Pendell.

Workshop Menu

Demonstrate Your Impact
Hands-on Workshop 1.5 hours
Learn to track and communicate the impact of your research contributions in a networked information world. This workshop presents resources for quantitative metrics, including impact measures and citation counts, as well as how to gather qualitative evidence via tools like altmetrics and social media.

Manage Your Research Data
Presentation/Demonstration 1 hour
Hands-on Workshop 1.5 hours

Data management is a vital part of the research process. This workshop outlines the steps for data management, so you can develop good habits early on to help you effectively manage and maintain the usefulness for your research data. Managing your data makes it easier for you (and other scholars) to share and build upon your research in new studies.

Organizing Your Information
Presentation/Demonstration 1 hour
Learn how to efficiently review and manage information of all types. This covers software such as RSS readers, read later programs, note taking and storing applications and citation management software.

Power Searching in PubMed
Hands-on Workshop 1.5 hours
Learn expert tricks for searching PubMed, a database for health and biomedical literature, and get more from your searches. This workshop can cover skills such as: using Medical Subject Headings for power searching, finding data sets, using and managing saved searches, customizing PubMed with your NCBI account, and more.

Research for Thesis & Dissertation Literature Reviews
Presentation/Demonstration 1 hour
Hands-on Workshop 1.5 hours

The literature review is a critical piece of your thesis, dissertation, or research article, providing your readers with context of why your research matters. This workshop will give you strategies and tips for conducting an effective and comprehensive literature review.

Introduction to Zotero
Presentation/Demonstration 1.5 hours
This workshop provides an overview of Zotero, a free and open-source citation management tool that allows users to capture, save, and annotate research notes. Zotero is an especially powerful research tool because it can capture records directly from databases, GoogleScholar, websites, and the PSU Catalog. In this tutorial session, we will cover: 

  • Basic functions of Zotero; 
  • Saving citations; 
  • Connecting Zotero to your browser via the free plugin; 
  • Importing Zotero citations directly into Microsoft Word documents; 
  • Adding your own research notes to citation records; 
  • Creating project-specific lists and folders. 

To maximize our time, we ask that attendees download Zotero in advance of the session. A detailed walkthrough can be found on our guide