Library Workshops for Undergraduates

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: CSSSI Seminar Room
Campus: Science Hill

Do you use (La)TeX? Do you want to make citation as simple as possible when you're writing? Have a bit of time over break? This workshop covers the basics of citing sources in TeX, along with packages such as natbib that add functionality that you may be missing in basic BibTeX. A basic understanding of (La)TeX is expected. Participants should bring their own laptops.

We will cover:

  • Using BibTeX and natbib.
  • What a .bib file is and how it is structured and used by your software.
  • Using two up-and-coming tools, biblatex and biber.
  • How to get .bib file entries without having to type in Google Scholar, library databases, and in reference/PDF article management software.

The CSSSI Seminar Room is on the lower level of the CSSSI. CSSSI is relatively easy to reach during the Science Hill construction. The Kline Biology Tower door that leads you into the CSSSI is the one closest to the beautiful glass windows. Just use your ID card to swipe in and take the stairs down into the 24/7 space. Once in CSSSI, go to the staircase near the restrooms. The seminar room is at the bottom of the stairs.

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Presenter: Sabrina Siciliano, Elsevier
Campus: Central Campus

Engineering Village includes databases for locating published research in articles and handbooks by keyword. Newly added numeric search functionality overcomes the major obstacle to identifying relevant research based on numeric data. In this webinar, you will learn how to locate journal articles by specifying the numeric field, unit of measure, or operator. The numeric filter converts the unit of measure that you choose to the scientific standard default unit so that you do not need to convert this information to build your search queries.

Webinar details will be sent to registered attendees.

Date: Monday, March 5, 2018
Time: 7:00pm - 11:59pm
Presenter: Laura Sider
Campus: Central Campus

The LNAP is for students who want to get serious work done before they leave for Spring Break. The Library will provide a distraction-free (i.e. no phones!), quiet environment for you to work, along with occasional breaks for snacks, stretching and cute animal videos. Register here! First come, first served.

NOTE: ALL phones and personal communication devices (except laptops) will be kept in secure storage during the event. Participants may retrieve their devices when the leave.

Date: Monday, March 5, 2018
Time: 7:00pm - 11:59pm
Presenter: Sarah Woodford
Location: Saint Thomas More, Lecture Hall, 268 Park St. (across from Pierson College)
Campus: Central Campus

The LNAP is for students who want to get serious work done before they leave for Spring Break. The Library will provide a distraction-free (i.e. no phones!), quiet environment for you to work, along with occasional breaks for snacks, stretching and cute animal videos. Register here! First come, first served.

NOTE: ALL phones and personal communication devices (except laptops) will be kept in secure storage during the event. Participants may retrieve their devices when the leave.

Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Presenter: Andy Shimp
Location: 17 Hillhouse: Library classroom, 07
Campus: Central Campus

How are inventions recognized and protected? This session will cover the method for recording an invention with the U.S. Government and how to read a patent. We will look at an invention and discuss how it is described in the patent literature. We also will explore patents in the context of other forms of intellectual property such as trademarks and copyright.

Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Presenter: Andy Shimp, Erin Wachowicz & Miriam Olivares
Campus: Central Campus

Do you have an idea for a startup but need help identifying your competition, keeping current with industry trends, and understanding your market in order to develop a business plan? The library can help! In this workshop we provide an overview of resources and services we provide to support entrepreneurship research including databases for locating market research, tools for finding intelligence on companies and competitors, and methods for identifying customers and understanding your market.

This workshop will be held at the Center for Engineering Innovation & Design (CEID), 15 Prospect St.

Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Presenter: Kayleigh Bohémier, Joan Emmet
Location: 17 Hillhouse: Library classroom, 07
Campus: Science Hill

This workshop is a nuts-and-bolts guide for people who are:

  • Navigating the complex, confusing environment of digital images on the web — from Google Images to ARTSTOR to the Wikimedia Commons
  • Using images in presentations
  • Using images from previously published resources in dissertations and projects

Targeted at scientists and social scientists, this workshop will help you make better use of search engines like Google Images. It will also provide a primer on historical archives and open or educational-use-only content. Throughout the workshop, we will suggest library resources and tools that can help you figure out what rights you do (or, more likely, don't) have to use images in your work.

We will also cover the basics of citing images and provide information on where to find copyright details to stay mindful of limitations. We will close with an introduction of Fair Use analysis and resources for copyright clearance.