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Library Workshops

The Gellert Library offers small group workshops to help you strengthen your research skills. We are available to help you with:

  • Developing advanced search strategies
  • Performing discipline-specific research
  • Managing your resources and presenting your research

Requesting a small group workshop is easy. Make sure you have a group of at least three students or more. Read workshop descriptions below and fill out Library Workshop Request Form.

Please keep in mind –

1. Workshop requests should be made at least three working days in advance. If assistance is needed sooner, librarians are available during most library hours of operation.

2. Appointments are typically scheduled for Monday through Friday. Other arrangements may be made under special circumstances.

3. This service is for small groups and not classes. If you are an instructor and would like to schedule a library instruction session for an entire class, please fill out a Library Instruction Request Form.

Workshop Descriptions

Academic Search Complete Database
We will go over search strategies for locating articles in Academic Search Complete, a valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database. The features and functionality of the EBSCOhost interface will be demonstrated, including applying limiters to narrow and expand your searches, setting up personal and custom folders, and using citation features.

JSTOR Database
We will cover the basics of searching JSTOR – a scholarly archival database focusing primarily on humanities and social sciences.  Participants will learn how to navigate this database, perform basic searches, and save and export citations.

Learn how to use ebrary – a wide online collection of ebooks in many academic subject areas – as well as InfoTools to save and manage your research and annotations.

Beyond the Library
Learn to Google like a librarian and find scholarly information as well as learn to recognize and locate Creative Commons, Open Access, and Public Domain content on the web.

Education Databases
This workshop will cover ERIC and Education databases. It will include use of the ERIC Thesaurus for finding descriptors (appropriate words that describe your education research topic), ERIC documents, and search strategy.

Business Databases
This workshop will cover the content in EBSCO Business Search Premier and Regional Business News and demonstrate how to use the Business Searching Interface to find company profiles and SWOT analysis, industry profiles, and much more!

Psychology Databases
This workshop will cover the basics of using the PsycInfo and PsycArticles databases. It will include the use of the PsycInfo Thesaurus (finding appropriate terms to search your research topic), limiting to publication type (articles, books, book chapters, etc.), search strategy, and classification codes.

Humanities Databases
This workshop will cover discipline specific databases such as Humanities Full Text and JSTOR. The features and functionality of the EBSCOhost interface will be demonstrated including searching multiple databases, applying limiters to narrow and expand your searches, setting up personal and custom folders, and using citation features.

MS Word – Formatting  a Research Paper
In this workshop, participants will learn to use the citation management features of Microsoft Word as well as to format the document to automatically generate a Table of Contents, Bibliography, and Footnotes.

Designing Effective Presentations
This workshop demonstrates how to use Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Slide to build, show, and share effective presentations.

MS Excel – Introduction and Basic Commands
This workshop will go over the basics of Microsoft Excel. Participants will learn to create a basic spreadsheet and make simple charts and graphs.

Google Apps
In this workshop, we will cover how to navigate Google Drive and use Google Docs, Sheets and Slides to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. These Google Apps allow you to effortlessly work on your documents in real time with others, as well as save and access them online for use at any time.

Mendeley Citation Software
You will learn how to use Mendeley, a citation management software, to collect, organize, annotate, and share your sources. With Mendeley, you can save citations from your favorite databases and websites, store related PDFs or attachments, and quickly build a bibliography for your papers and publications.

Library Workshop Request Form

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