October 25, 2012



Graduate Student Library Day at K-State Libraries

By Donna Ekart

K-State Libraries will host Graduate Student Library Day from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. All K-State graduate students are invited to attend. Concurrent sessions are offered over the course of the afternoon, structured like a conference and led by library and research experts.

All sessions focus on graduate student research and technology needs and highlight multidisciplinary resources. Participants are welcome to come for just one session, attend several, or stay all afternoon. Registration is not required. A schedule including room locations and full session descriptions is available online.

Offerings for this year's Library Day include:

  • Advanced database searching
    Learn advanced searching options and tools including proximity searching, wildcards, thesauri, index browsing, search histories, and field searching.
  • ARTstor Essentials
    Need images for your research, or for teaching purposes? Learn the ARTstor essentials: how to find, view, crop, save, and print images, create image groups and utilize folders.
  • ARTstor: Teaching with ARTstor
    prerequisite: ARTstor Essentials
    This session builds on ARTstor Essentials.  Learn how to utilize password-protected and student-work folders, instructor notes, ARTstor's Offline Image Viewer, how to generate stable URLs and citations as well as utilize ARTstor content with K-State Online and Microsoft PowerPoint.  You will need to use your ARTstor password during this session.
  • Data literacy: They're just numbers, they can't hurt you
    Learn some tips and tricks to send you on your way to being a Data Detective: where to go to find data, how to evaluate data sources- including what questions to ask yourself when looking at a dataset, why methodologies matter, and why a lack of data is data.
  • Microsoft Word: Tips, tools and troubleshooting
    Word is a powerful word processor, but it can be frustrating to use, particularly for long documents. Bring your laptop if you have one.
  • RefWorks
    RefWorks is a bibliographic management system that will let you collect all of your research in one place and help you format your citations and bibliographies.
  • Research impact
    Come to this session to get a basic understanding of what research impact factors are, how to find them in sources like Scopus, Web of Science, and Google Scholar, and what to do with them.
  • Resources for publishing
    Learn the tools and methods used to help increase your article acceptance rates.  We will cover tools including Ulrich's, Cabell's, DOAJ, JCR and others.
  • Scopus and Web of Science
    One of our newest databases, Scopus is a good starting point for finding articles on almost any topic. The session will give an overview and also cover creating updates and RSS feeds for your searches.
  • Search It and Google Scholar
    SearchIt and Google Scholar are enormous, multi-disciplinary, user-friendly databases that should be a part of every scholar's search reportoire.
  • Special collections: See what's new
    Find out how students, faculty and visiting scholars can work with unique historical records, manuscripts, photographs, letters and other primary source materials and learn how to get the most out of class visits.
  • Teaching, research and copyright
    In this session you will get an introduction to what copyright is (and why it shouldn't be so frightening!), how you can use copyrighted works in your teaching and research, and how copyright protects your work.
  • Tour for international students
    This library tour is oriented specifically towards international graduate students. Ask any questions you have about how libraries are different from those in your country.

Questions about Library Days can be directed to Laura Bonella, faculty and graduate services librarian.