February 2, 2022
K-State Libraries announce schedule for spring graduate workshop series
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 1:30-2:30 p.m. via Zoom. Participants must register online to attend the workshops.
• Feb. 7: "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. 14: "Managing Citations and References"
Citations and references, while essential to research and publishing, can consume a lot of valuable time storing, organizing and formatting them. This workshop introduces essential citation manager tools, including Zotero. Participants will set up an account and learn some of the common steps in organizing citations and creating bibliographies.
• Feb. 21: "Rights and Reuse in Research: A Primer"
Writing and publishing your scholarly work can be both exciting and daunting. This workshop will provide a crash course on the fundamentals of copyright law and help you understand user and author rights. We will cover how to interpret publisher copyright contracts and discuss licensing models. You will learn how to retain your rights when publishing and how to reuse your own work. We will also discuss how to reuse others' works legally and ethically, and explore tools for making decisions about what content to use and for finding content that is easily reusable.
• Feb. 28: "Understanding Academic Publishing"
Whether you are thinking about publishing your work or already have, this workshop is for you. Come hear from the librarians from the Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship and New Prairie Press as they pull back the curtain on academic publishing and the lifecycle that powers how scholars communicate. They will discuss how to find journals for your work, ways to spot and stay away from predatory publishers, how to legally share your work after you've published, what an ORCID ID is and why you should get one and whether you should embargo your ETDR.
• March 7: "Starting Your Literature Review in the Sciences"
Are you preparing a literature review for a paper, article, thesis or dissertation in the sciences? 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.
• March 21: "Intro to Survey Design"
Surveys are a critical element of research in the social sciences and beyond. If you're planning survey research but you aren't sure where to start — or if you're simply looking for a new perspective on your existing research — this workshop is for you. Our goal for the workshop will be to provide an understanding of what skills are required to conduct strong survey research and provide a foundation for participants to develop those skills. Together we'll explore the basics of writing a strong survey, building a sample, recruiting participants, and analyzing your results.
• March 28: "Finding Social Sciences Data Sets"
Are you looking for existing data sets for a paper, thesis or dissertation? Learn about the social sciences data sets available to you through K-State Libraries subscriptions and other free, high-quality data sources. This hands-on workshop will demonstrate strategies for locating social sciences data, with an emphasis on the ICPSR data archive.
• April 11: "Systematic Reviews and More: An Overview for Non-Health Sciences Researchers"
Systematic reviews are just one of many types of reviews that are part of the evidence synthesis family. Evidence synthesis refers to a range of methods that researchers use to identify, analyze and synthesize the results of multiple studies. Learn about types of evidence synthesis, such as scoping reviews and systematic reviews and the steps involved in an evidence synthesis project. Librarians who work with social sciences and sciences students and faculty will discuss what you should know before embarking on an evidence synthesis project.
• April 18: "After Graduation: Accessing research on the Job"
Are you graduating soon? As you transition from K-State, your access to library resources will change. This workshop will review library privileges for alumni and introduce you to research sources available in your future.
Questions? Contact Laura Bonella, head of academic services.