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A drop-in workshop series offered by librarians in Fall and Winter terms.

Library Researcher Series - Fall 2014

 

The Library Researcher Series (LRS) provides workshops on interdisciplinary topics of relevance to the research of graduate students and faculty. All sessions are free! No registration necessary. 

If you wish to follow along with some of the sessions please bring your own laptop or borrow one from the Murray Library.

September 2014 Sessions

Tues Sept 23 - Why and How to Do a Comprehensive Literature Review – Part A, 12-1pm, Murray Library Rm 161

This session will describe the reasons for doing a comprehensive literature review, and will focus on designing a search strategy for keyword databases such as Scopus, Web of Science and Google Scholar.  We will briefly cover saving your search, and writing up your literature review.

Session led by Vicky Duncan & Maha Kumaran, Health Sciences Librarians.

Thurs Sept 25 - Why and How to Do a Comprehensive Literature Review – Part B, 12-1pm, Murray Library Rm 161

This session will describe the reasons for doing a comprehensive literature review, and will focus on designing a search strategy for databases with subject headings such as Medline, ERIC, and PsycINFO.  We will briefly cover saving your search, and writing up your literature review.

Session led by Vicky Duncan & Maha Kumaran, Health Sciences Librarians.

Tues Sept 30 - Literature Searching for Systematic Reviews, 12-1pm, Murray Library Collaborative Learning Lab, Rm 145

This session describes how a systematic review differs from other types of reviews (e.g. narrative reviews), how the literature searching process is unique, essential search skills, and how to document the search.

Session led by Catherine Boden & Vicky Duncan, Health Sciences Librarians.

October 2014 Sessions

Thurs Oct 2 - What is Plagiarism?, 12-1pm, Murray Library Collaborative Learning Lab, Rm 145

Develop knowledge that will prevent you from inadvertently misusing resources while writing your research paper.

Session led by Maha Kumaran, Health Sciences Librarian, & Tasha Maddison, Science Librarian.

Thurs Oct 9 - Why and How to Do a Comprehensive Literature Review – Part A, 12-1pm, Murray Library Collaborative Learning Lab, Rm 145

This session will describe the reasons for doing a comprehensive literature review, and will focus on designing a search strategy for keyword databases such as Scopus, Web of Science and Google Scholar.  We will briefly cover saving your search, and writing up your literature review. (Repeat offering of Sept 23 session).

Session led by Tasha Maddison, Science Librarian.

Thurs Oct 16 - Why and How to Do a Comprehensive Literature Review – Part B, 12-1pm, Murray Library Collaborative Learning Lab, Rm 145

This session will describe the reasons for doing a comprehensive literature review, and will focus on designing a search strategy for databases with subject headings such as Medline, ERIC, and PsycINFO.  We will briefly cover saving your search, and writing up your literature review. (Repeat offering of Sept 25 session).

Session led by Tasha Maddison, Science Librarian.

Mon Oct 20 - What is Plagiarism?, 1-2pm, Delta Lab, Engineering Building, Room 2B04

Develop knowledge that will prevent you from inadvertently misusing resources while writing your research paper. (Repeat offering of Oct 2 session).

Session led by Maha Kumaran, Health Sciences Librarian.

Tues Oct 21 - Keeping Current with the Literature, 1-2pm, Delta Lab, Engineering Building, Room 2B04

Strategies for keeping up-to-date with the scholarly literature in your field: from email alerting services to rss feeds.

Session led by Tasha Maddison, Science Librarian.

Thurs Oct 23 - Finding and Using Open Resources for Teaching and Research, 12-1pm, Murray Library Collaborative Learning Lab, Rm 145

Many research and educational materials are now freely available online. But how do you find high quality resources? And how do you adapt them for use in the classroom? This session will introduce you to Open Educational Resources (OERs), Open Textbooks, Creative Commons licences, and how to find Open Access literature for teaching and research. Join experts from the University Library, the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness, and the University Learning Centre for a discussion of this quickly growing area.

Thurs Oct 30 - Getting the Most Out of Google, 12-1pm, Murray Library Collaborative Learning Lab, Rm 145

Frustrated with your Google results?  Stop wasting time and start searching more effectively to get to the information you really need!  This session will provide you with simple search tips that will help you search Google more efficiently.

Session led by Carolyn Doi, Humanities Librarian, & Angie Gerrard, Social Sciences Librarian.

November 2014 Sessions

Thurs Nov 6 - An Introduction to Critical Appraisal: How to Read a Research Paper, 12-1pm, Murray Library Collaborative Learning Lab, Rm 145

In this session, participants will learn about how to read a scholarly paper to get the most out of it, and get some hands-on practice by using elements of critical appraisal. Critical appraisal is the process of assessing and interpreting research by considering its relevance, validity and reliability. This can sound daunting but it doesn't need to be!

Session led by Virginia Wilson, Director of the Centre for Evidence Based Library & Information Practice (C-EBLIP).

Thurs Nov 13 - Fall Break Week - no session

Thurs Nov 20 - Creating your Scholarly Identity Online, 12-1pm, Murray Library Collaborative Learning Lab, Rm 145

Is it hard to distinguish your research activities from others with similar names?  Are there multiple versions of your name out there? Come and learn how to create a unique scholarly identity and presence for yourself online. Gathering together your publications under one ID, and using it in grant applications, will improve the impact of your research and also ensure you get credit for all of your work.

Session led by DeDe Dawson, Science Liaison Librarian, & Maha Kumaran, Health Sciences Librarian.

Thurs Nov 27 - Indigenous History Resources, 12-1pm, Murray Library Collaborative Learning Lab, Rm 145

This session will focus on some of the library’s most recently acquired and largest collections relating to the history of Indigenous peoples. We will explore both archival and published resources along with some of the most effective search techniques for locating what you need for your research.

Session led by Dave Smith, Humanities Librarian.

Planning Team Members

Please contact any of these librarians if you have comments or suggestions for this series: