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January 27, 2020

K-State Libraries announce schedule for spring graduate workshop series

Submitted by Darchelle Martin

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Join K-State Libraries for The Library and Your Research, a free workshop series co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Council that helps graduate students enhance and professionalize their scholarly pursuits.

Each Monday session takes place 12:30-1:20 p.m. in 3121 College of Business Building. If you are unable to attend in person, participate online via Zoom.

• Feb. 3: "Starting Your Literature Review in Social Sciences and Education"
Are you preparing a literature review for a paper, article, thesis or dissertation? This workshop will help! Learn why a literature review is important, how to use K-State Libraries' databases to select articles, how to evaluate the articles and how to organize the review. For this session, article searching will be demonstrated using social sciences and education databases; however, the concepts will be applicable to all disciplines.

• Feb. 10: "Getting Started with Citation Managers"
Citations and references, while essential to research and publishing, also consume a lot of valuable time to store, organize and format. Fortunately, a number of tools exist that can help. This hands-on workshop introduces the features of various citation management tools so participants starting their research can select the tool that will work best for them. Participants will create an account in Zotero to learn common steps for organizing citations and creating bibliographies. Computers will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops to get set up on their computer. Note: Citations added to Zotero can be exported to other citation management tools.

• Feb. 17: "Getting a Head Start on Using the ETDR Writing Template"
Whether you're preparing to graduate next semester or you just want a bigger head start, this workshop is for you. The emphasis will be on getting started with the ETDR template for electronic theses, dissertations or reports that meets the Graduate School's formatting requirements. This session also will cover how to use special features found in Word. Some citation management and copyright will be included, too. Don't wait until the last minute to learn the ropes: Start documenting your hard work in the ETDR template now.

• Feb. 24: "Retaining Rights to Promote Your Research"
Writing and publishing your scholarly work can be both exciting and daunting. This workshop will cover how to understand publisher copyright contracts, your rights as an author and how to potentially retain more of your rights when you decide to publish. Working on a thesis, dissertation or report? Learn how to reuse your own work in your ETDR or publications and how to legally and ethically reuse others' works, all while getting a crash course in copyright.

• March 2: "Discover-Use-Manage: An Overview of Data and its Lifecycle"
We all have data, we all need data — whether it's text, digital photos or spreadsheets full of numbers. Learn how to identify, access, evaluate and use data.

• March 16: "Systematic Reviews: An Overview"
Have you seen the term systematic review in article titles and wondered what that means? Has your professor asked you to perform a systematic review, and you're not sure what that involves? Are you curious about how they are different from other reviews? If you answered yes to any of those questions, this session is for you. Hear from two science librarians as they define what a systematic review is and discuss the broad steps to conduct one.

• March 23: Browzine: "Your E-journals ... Only Better"
How do you make e-journals better? You make them easier. Browzine is a virtual bookshelf that simplifies the process of finding and reading articles from e-journals. Tables of Contents and PDFs are available for thousands of journals and can be accessed at the speed of a click. The platform also has tools for helping you keep track of which issues you have or have not yet read and for discovering journals to which K-State Libraries subscribes. Come to this session for a hands-on introduction to this new addition to K-State Libraries' array of productivity and discovery applications. Your e-journal reading will be forever changed.

• March 30: "Starting Your Literature Review in the Sciences"
Are you preparing a literature review for a paper, article, thesis or dissertation? This workshop will help! Learn why a literature review is important, how to use K-State Libraries' databases to select articles, how to evaluate the articles and how to organize the review. For this session, article searching will be demonstrated using PubMed, Web of Science and other science databases; however, the concepts will be applicable to all disciplines.

Questions? Contact Adriana Gonzalez, head of academic services.

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