Research Tools for Graduate Students Workshop Series: Upcoming Workshops
Getting the Most Out of Your Citation Manager
Monday, September 26, 4-5 pm, Zoom
Instructor: Lisa Becksford
Citation managers like EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero are powerful tools that can help you save, organize, and cite your references. Their use can also help improve your workflow and make the research process easier and less stressful. This session will focus on ways to get the most out of your citation manager. By the end of the session, you’ll be able to
Integrate citation managers into your existing workflow
Identify personal best practices for using citation managers
Use advanced features of the citation manager of your choice to streamline your research workflow
This session will assume that you are already using and are familiar with a citation manager like EndNote, Zotero, and Mendeley. If you’re not, you should familiarize yourself with a citation manager by signing up for one of the introductory sessions in this series or via one of the tutorials on this guide: https://guides.lib.vt.edu/citationmanagers
Literature Reviews and Database Searching for Engineers
Wednesday, September 28, 2:30-3:30 pm
Instructor: Sarah Over
You need to write a literature review for your research or class... but how do you get started? What kinds of literature reviews are there? Where should you search? How do you search efficiently and effectively? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this interactive workshop.
By the end of this session, you’ll be able to:
Identify different types of literature reviews
Find relevant engineering and related databases
Create effective searches
This workshop will focus on research in engineering, including computer science. Participants from other disciplines are welcome, but should be aware of the disciplinary focus of this workshop.
Introduction to Online Scholarly Presence
Wednesday, October 12, 3:30-4:45 pm, Zoom
Instructor: Rachel Miles
LinkedIn, ORCID, ResearcherID, ResearchGate, Google Scholar Profile...how do you choose which sites you should create professional and scholarly profiles for? This workshop will provide an introduction to creating an online scholarly presence. Learn how to create and maintain your unique author identifier to ensure you get credit for your work, link your profiles together for ease of use, and track research impact metrics and online engagement of your research.
Advanced LaTeX for ETDs and More
Tuesday, October 4, 2-3:30 pm
Instructor: Sarah Over
Looking for a different platform besides Word or Google for your thesis or dissertation? Or do you want to go beyond the basics in LaTeX? Come learn more about working with LaTeX in Overleaf for larger projects!
In the workshop we’ll cover:
Setup and structure of large projects with multiple .tex files
Using citation managers with LaTeX
Creating your own commands
Options for collaboration
Experience with LaTeX or other coding experience is highly recommended for this workshop. Students should use their own laptops and have a citation manager (EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero, etc.) installed. Although we will be using Overleaf, you are welcome to use your preferred LaTeX distribution.
Introduction to Scholarly Publishing
Thursday, October 6, 2-3:15 pm, Zoom
Instructor: Rachel Miles
Are you ready to publish? Are you wanting to publish but uneasy about the process? Are you uncertain about all the different types of publishing and copyright policies? Are you wary about how to select a journal? Are you confused about author rights?
This introductory workshop will take you step-by-step through the scholarly pre-publishing process to help you identify “predatory journals,” understand author rights, find journal copyright policies, negotiate your rights during submission and acceptance, understand the different Open Access (OA) types, learn how OA benefits you, find high quality journals in your field (OA or subscription), and potentially secure funding when publishing in an OA journal.
Literature Reviews and Database Searching for Animal & Life Sciences
Wednesday, October 26, 2:30-3:45 pm, Zoom
Instructor: Kiri DeBose
You’ve been assigned to write a literature review...but how do you get started? What kinds of literature reviews are there? Where should you search? How do you know what search terms to use? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this interactive workshop. By the end of this session, you’ll be able to
- Identify the type of literature review to be conducted
- Find relevant databases to search in the life sciences
- Create effective search strategies
This workshop will focus on research in the life sciences. Other discipline-specific workshops will be offered; see other options above.