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September 9, 2015

Fall 2015 graduate student workshop series: The Library and Your Research

Submitted by Sarah McGreer Hoyt

Grad students, mark your calendars now.

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

All sessions take place 3:30-4:30 p.m. in 407 Hale Library.

• Writing Effective Literature Reviews, Sept. 14. Are you preparing a literature review for a paper, article, thesis or dissertation? This workshop is for you. 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.

• Using RefWorks, Sept. 21. This workshop will help you get started using RefWorks, a powerful citation management tool. Attendees will set up a RefWorks account and learn how to import, organize and edit citations. They also will learn how to insert citations directly into a Word document, create bibliographies and more. Computers will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops in order to set up a personal copy of Write-N-Cite.

• Using Mendeley: A Citation Management Tool, Sept. 28. Go hands-on with Mendeley: You'll save time during the research process and keep track of valuable citations. We'll cover getting started with the free version of Mendeley, adding citations and PDF files to your account, editing citations, annotating PDFs within Mendeley and citing as you write. While computers will be provided, attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptop, since Mendeley is a downloadable computer application.

• Finding the Data You Need, Oct. 5. We all have data, and all researchers need data — whether it's text, digital photos or spreadsheets full of numbers. Attendees will learn how to identify, access, evaluate and use data.

• Getting to Know Your Primary Sources, Oct. 12. Primary sources play a crucial role in graduate work. Whether you're exploring topics in humanities, social sciences, STEM fields, or some combination, you will learn about K-State Libraries' primary source collections and ways you can apply them to your research.

• Understanding Academic Integrity through Multiple Lenses, Oct. 19. Academic integrity is critical in all aspects of graduate student life. In this workshop, we will examine the various lenses through which you might view academic integrity. You will explore what academic integrity means to you as a student in the classroom, as a researcher, as a scholarly writer and as a graduate teaching assistant. The workshop will outline rules and regulations; explain how to report violations; and help you identify resources that will assist you in your own work and writing.

• Preparing Your ETDR for Submission, Oct. 26. Are you preparing to graduate next semester, or would you like to get a head start? We can help you prepare your electronic thesis, dissertation or report using the template that meets the Graduate School's formatting requirements. We also will cover how to implement special features in Word as well as some citation management and copyright guidelines. Don't wait until the last minute to learn how to submit your hard work to the K-State Research Exchange, or K-REx.

• Knowing Your Author Rights, Nov. 2. Don't get caught using others' works without proper attribution or mismanaging the copyright of your own research or publications. You'll be prepared thanks to this workshop. We'll cover managing and registering the copyright of your ETDR, determining whether something is in the public domain, making a fair use determination, obtaining permission requests and searching for items with creative commons licenses.