Spring 2022 Library Workshops

Your librarians are hosting a series of workshops this spring to help you build up your research skills and get to know the library a bit better. Whether you need help getting started with your research or want to upgrade your search skills to the next level, we have a little something for everyone!

Workshops will be offered multiple times throughout the spring semester.

You can also view all workshops and register at this link.

Library Research 101
Learn everything you need to know to get started with Brookens Library. This workshop will provide an introduction to the most highly used library resources and services, including the catalog, library databases, InterLibrary Loan, and research help services. We’ll discuss:

  • Navigating the library website to discover library resources and services
  • Searching for books in the library catalog
  • Selecting the best library databases to search for articles
  • Requesting materials from other libraries

Dates and Times: February 1 at 7pm, February 9 at 7pm, March 24 at 2pm, April 6 at 7pm

Searching the Library Catalog
This workshop will give you an overview of how to search the library catalog so you can find books, articles and other library materials. Topics include:

  • Searching the catalog for books, articles and media
  • Requesting books that aren’t available at UIS from I-Share libraries
  • Accessing your library account

Dates and Times: February 16 at 7pm

Library Resources for Online Students
This workshop provides a review of the essential online tools available from Brookens Library to help students locate the eBooks and articles they need from the comfort of their own home. We’ll discuss:

  • Navigating the library website to discover online library resources and services
  • eBooks available through library collections
  • Accessing and searching for articles in library databases

Dates and Times: February 2 at 7pm, February 8 at 7pm, April 7 at 2pm

Getting the Most Out of Google Scholar
Is Google Scholar a favorite in your research strategy? This workshop will teach you how to use advanced features such as search alerts, metrics, and more. Additional topics covered:

  • Overview of Google Scholar, what it searches, and how to access articles
  • Setting up a Google Scholar profile
  • Linking Google Scholar to Brookens Library
  • Overview of basic and advanced search strategies
  • Understanding the results list and how to manipulate it

Dates and Times: February 24 at 2pm, March 2 at 7pm, March 31 at 2pm

Spotting Fake News
Evaluating online content is complex and incredibly important. This workshop will help you to be a savvier searcher. In this workshop you will:

  • Learn about fake news and why it exists
  • Learn about confirmation bias and filter bubbles
  • Learn about tools and criteria for evaluating information on the internet

Dates and Times: February 17 at 2pm, March 9 at 7pm, April 13 at 7pm

Finding Articles in Library Databases
Learn how easy it is to get exactly what you need for your research when you use the library’s online databases. We’ll give you an overview of Academic Search Complete and share our best tips for locating scholarly articles and narrowing your search to get more relevant information – a must for anyone doing a research paper.

Dates and Times: February 10 at 2pm, February 23 at 2pm, March 30 at 7pm

Managing Citations with Zotero
Learn the ins and outs of citation management with Zotero, a tool to make managing your citations, bibliographies, and reference lists easier, saving you valuable time.

Dates and Times: March 10 at 2pm, March 23 at 7pm

Government Information and Statistics
Sometimes statistics and official government information are precisely what you need. Find out how to access these primary sources to support your argument. This workshop will include:

  • Government information in its myriad forms
  • Government statistics for every occasion
  • Statistical Universe database for nuanced research

Dates and Times: March 2 at 7pm, March 3 at 2pm, April 14 at 2pm

Fall 2021 Library Workshops

Your librarians are hosting a series of workshops this fall to help you build up your research skills and get to know the library a bit better. Whether you need help getting started with your research or want to upgrade your search skills to the next level, we have a little something for everyone!

Workshops will be offered multiple times throughout the fall semester.

You can also view all workshops and register at this link.

Library Research 101
Aug. 31, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Sept. 2, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Sept. 9, 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Sept. 15, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Learn everything you need to know to get started with Brookens Library. This workshop will provide an introduction to the most highly used library resources and services, including the catalog, library databases, InterLibrary Loan, and research help services. We’ll discuss:

  • Searching for materials in the library catalog
  • Selecting the best databases to search
  • Requesting materials from other libraries

Searching the Library Catalog
Sept. 1, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Sept. 8, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Sept. 16, 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Oct. 13, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Nov. 2, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

This workshop will give you an overview of how to search the library catalog so you can find books, articles and other library materials. Topics include:

  • Searching the catalog for books, articles and media
  • Requesting books from I-Share libraries
  • Accessing your library account

Library Resources for Online Students
Sept. 7, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Sept. 14, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Sept. 29, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Oct. 28, 11:00 – 12:00pm
Nov. 11, 1:00 – 2:00pm

This workshop provides a review of the essential online tools available from Brookens Library to help students locate the sources they need from the comfort of their own home. We’ll discuss:

  • eBooks available through library collections
  • Databases which include articles, primary sources, data, images, media and more
  • Virtual help services

Getting the Most Out of Google Scholar
Sept. 21, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Sept. 28, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Oct. 27, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Nov. 3, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Is Google Scholar a favorite in your research strategy? This workshop will teach you how to use advanced features such as search alerts, metrics, and more. Additional topics covered:

  • Overview of Google Scholar, what it searches, and how to access articles
  • Setting up a Google Scholar profile
  • Linking Google Scholar to Brookens Library
  • Overview of basic and advanced search strategies
  • Understanding the results list and how to manipulate it

Spotting Fake News
Sept. 22, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Oct. 5, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Oct. 20, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Nov. 4, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Evaluating online content is complex and incredibly important. This workshop will help you to be a savvier searcher. In this workshop you will:

  • Learn about fake news and why it exists
  • Learn about confirmation bias and filter bubbles
  • Learn about tools and criteria for evaluating information on the internet

Finding Articles in Library Databases
Sep. 30, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Oct. 6, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Oct. 14, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Nov. 10, 7:00 – 8:00pm

Learn how easy it is to get exactly what you need for your research when you use the library’s online databases. We’ll give you an overview of Academic Search Complete and share our best tips for locating scholarly articles and narrowing your search to get more relevant information –a must for anyone doing a research paper.

Managing Citations with Zotero
Oct. 19, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Nov. 9, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Nov. 17, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Learn the ins and outs of citation management with Zotero, a tool to make managing your citations, bibliographies, and reference lists easier, saving you valuable time.

Government Information and Statistics
Nov. 18, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Nov. 30, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Sometimes statistics and official government information is precisely what you need. Find out how to get at these primary sources to support your argument. This workshop will include:

  • Government information in its myriad forms
  • Government statistics for every occasion
  • Statistical Universe database for nuanced research

Library Workshop Series in Spring 2021

Your librarians are hosting a series of workshops this spring to help you build up your research skills and get to know the library a bit better. Whether you need help getting started with your research or want to upgrade your search skills to the next level, we have a little something for everyone!

Workshops will be offered multiple times throughout the spring semester. Click on the date next to the workshop title for the workshop description and to register.

You can also view all the Spring 2021 Workshops and register at this link.

Research Starter Series

Library Resources for Online StudentsFeb 10 | Feb 16 | Feb 18 | Feb 24
Finding Stuff in the Library CatalogFeb 25 | Mar 10 | Mar 16 | Mar 18
Finding Articles in Library DatabasesMar 9 | Mar 11 | Mar 17

Databases and Search Tools

InterLibrary Loan: Getting What You NeedFeb 9 | Mar 24 | Apr 27 | Apr 29
Advanced Database SearchingMar 23 | Mar 25 | Mar 31
Getting the Most Out of Google ScholarMar 30 | Apr 1 | Apr 7
Citation MagicApr 14 | Apr 20 | Apr 22

Special Research Topics

Spotting Fake NewsFeb 11 | Feb 17 | Feb 23
Statistics & Government InformationApr 6 | Apr 8 | Apr 28
Getting Started with ZoteroApr 13 | Apr 15 | Apr 21

Faculty Workshops

Open Educational Resources and Course ReservesJan 26 | Jan 28 | Feb 3 | May 4
What Brookens Library Can Do For You!Jan 27 | Feb 2 | Feb 4 | May 5

Fall 2020 Library Workshops via Zoom

Brookens Library is launching a new workshop series via Zoom for students this fall! These workshops are an opportunity to build up your research skills and get to know the library a bit better.

Please register and tell us which workshop(s) you’d like to attend by filling out the Registration Form, and you will receive a link to the Zoom session.

See our workshop schedule below:

Finding Articles in Library Databases
Tuesday, October 6 at 1pm-2pm
Thursday, October 8 at 10am-11am

Learn how easy it is to get exactly what you need for your research when you use the library’s online databases. We’ll give you an overview of Academic Search Complete and share our best tips for locating scholarly articles and narrowing your search to get more relevant information – a must for anyone doing a research paper.

Library Open Office Hours
Monday, October 12 at 3pm-4pm
Tuesday, October 13 at 1pm-2pm
Wednesday, October 14 at 5pm-6pm
Thursday, October 15 at 10am-11am
Friday, October 16 at 11am-12pm

The Library will be holding open office hours via Zoom to help students with their research projects, including using the library catalog and databases to find articles, ebooks, books, etc. If you have a question about library resources or services, stop by via the Zoom link below and ask! All open office hours are drop-in; no registration necessary.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://uis.zoom.us/j/93218324904?pwd=WkFGb2w5SElTbmNYaDVEOUpoSEYxdz09

Optimizing the New Library Catalog: Articles, Books, I-Share & More
Tuesday, October 20 at 1pm-2pm
Thursday, October 22 at 10am-11am

Come take a hands on tour of the new library search interface and learn from your librarians about the recent updates to our library catalog and I-Share interface. Topics include: requesting books from I-Share, searching the catalog, and accessing your library account.

Spotting Fake News
Tuesday, October 27 at 1pm-2pm
Thursday, October 29 at 10am-11am

Evaluating online content is complex and incredibly important. This workshop will help you to be a savvier searcher.  In this workshop you will:

  • Learn about fake news and why it exists
  • Learn about confirmation bias and filter bubbles
  • Learn about tool and criteria for evaluating information on the internet

Getting the Most Out of Google Scholar
Monday, November 2 at 1pm-2pm
Thursday, November 5 at 10am-11am

Is Google Scholar a favorite in your research strategy? This workshop will teach you how to use advanced features such as search alerts, metrics, and more. Additional topics covered:

  • Overview Google Scholar, what it searches, and how to access articles
  • Setting up a Google Scholar profile
  • Linking Google Scholar to Brookens Library
  • Overview of basic and advanced search strategies
  • Understanding the results list and how to manipulate it
  • Organizing and saving results using the Google Scholar “My library”

Upcoming CINRC Virtual Workshops

The Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center (CINRC) is holding two free virtual workshops via Zoom on Thursday, July 30th.

The New Frontier: Positioning Your Nonprofit Post Covid-19
Thursday, July 30 at 9am – 11am
Registration Link and Details

UIS alum, Dr. Tosha Cantrell-Bruce, will lead a workshop on July 30, 2020 from 9 to 11 am. She will be discussing how nonprofits can use different approaches to provide both internal and external scans of their environments to maximize the efforts and reach the most clients as possible.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning
Thursday, July 30 at 2pm – 3:30pm
Registration Link and Details

This introductory class offered by Sarah Rice, an information specialist at Forefront in Chicago, will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on: – Making your case for support – Diversifying your organization’s fundraising base – Creating a plan of action.

For more information about CINRC, visit the CINRC website.

Summer Workshops & Open Office Hours

Brookens Library is hosting a series of online workshops this summer to give you an update on what’s new with our new library catalog. We’ll also have workshops on how the library can assist faculty with reducing financial stress for students using course reserves and OER. If you can’t make it to our workshops, the librarians will also be available during open office hours throughout the month of July to answer any questions you might have.

Check out the details below:

I-Share and the New Library Catalog
Come take a hands on tour of the new library search interface and learn from your librarians about the recent updates to our library catalog and I-Share interface. Topics include: requesting books from I-Share, searching the catalog, accessing your library account, and updating your existing links to items in the catalog.

Tuesday, July 7 from 10am – 11am
Wednesday, July 8 from 11 am – noon
Thursday, July 9 from 2pm – 3pm
Tuesday, July 14 from 10am – 11am
Wednesday, July 15 from 3pm – 4pm
Thursday, July 16 from 10am – 11am

Join Zoom Meeting: https://uis.zoom.us/j/99236163691?pwd=SHF2R0NuZDkyNGxYM3NEL0ZZZnBFdz09
Meeting ID: 992 3616 3691
Password: 615855

Supporting Students with Course Reserves and Open Educational Resources
Course Reserves and Open Educational Resources are great ways to utilize library and online resources in order to increase access to class materials and ease student financial stress. Brookens Library is holding a workshop to help you better embed the library into your classes through navigating best practices for utilizing and requesting course reserves and finding and implementing OERs into your coursework.

Tuesday, July 7 from 1pm – 2pm
Thursday, July 9 from 11am – NOON
Tuesday, July 14 from 1pm – 2pm
Thursday, July 16 from 2pm – 3pm

Join Zoom Meeting: https://uis.zoom.us/j/91647873953?pwd=NXh1NTViME8wWXV4S1Rvay9OZHVxQT09
Meeting ID: 916 4787 3953
Password: 936297

Library Open Office Hours
The Library is holding open office hours via Zoom for faculty to drop-in with any questions regarding the changes to the new catalog, I-Share, course reserves, or finding OER materials. Open office hours take place Monday – Friday from 11:00 AM – NOON from July 6 through July 31. You can also reach out to your liaison librarian for assistance and support as you normally would: https://libguides.uis.edu/librarians

Join Zoom Meeting: https://uis.zoom.us/j/96766987717?pwd=WitXK3QvUWJrbVJSWVFYWFd6MnA5UT09
Meeting ID: 967 6698 7717
Password: 710281

Upcoming Lunch & Learn Library Workshop Series

Brookens Library will be presenting a number of workshops and informative sessions on research tools and various scholarly communication topics in the Library Learning Center (BRK 230A) from noon to 1:00 pm on the dates below.

These workshops focus on the most popular citation tools or bibliographic management applications designed to help researchers and scholars organize their personal libraries of important articles, books, etc. as well as creating bibliographies. 

Some of the informative sessions will cover such topics as OER (Open Educational Resources), author rights, copyright, using citation tools to determine impact of your scholarship, and related scholarly communication topics.

Workshop Topics, Dates and Descriptions

Faculty Author Rights and Copyright
Thursday, February 27, 12 – 1pm
Follow-up to the UIS Faculty Author’s Festival Open providing more in depth information on copyright and methods/strategies to help faculty retain certain rights to their scholarship.

Overview of Citation Tools and Bibliographic Management Applications
Wednesday, March 4, 12 – 1pm
This session will demonstrate the basic features of the various bibliographic management applications (EndNote/EndNote Web, Zotero, Mendeley, etc.) as well as discuss the similarities and differences in helping choose the application right for you. Then, you can attend a later specific session on the tool that best meets your needs.

Open Educational Resources and How to Locate Open Textbooks and OA Resources
Thursday, March 12, 12 – 1pm
This session will discuss Open Educational Resources, Open Textbooks, and the Open Textbook Network, including how to locate and use these resources in place of expensive commercial offerings saving students monies and improving educational outcomes.

Open Access and Creative Commons Licensing
Thursday, March 26, 12 – 1pm
This session will discuss Open Access including how to publish openly as well as how to locate open access materials.  It will also discuss the basics of Creative Commons Licensing. 

EndNote and EndNote Web
Wednesday, April 1, 12 – 1pm
This session will cover EndNote and EndNote Web including specifics related to getting citations into the application and demonstrate using this tool to create bibliographies and organizing the important papers related to your research and scholarship.

Using Citation Tools and Other Metrics and Tools to Determine the Impact of Scholarship/Publications
Thursday, April 9, 12 – 1pm
Using Web of Science and other tools to help determine the impact of your scholarship.  How to set-up citation alerts, create ORCID profiles, and related topics.

Zotero Bibliographic Management Tool
Wednesday, April 15, 12 – 1pm
This session will cover the Zotero Bibliographic Management tool to organize your citations and create bibliographies. 

UIS’s Institutional Repository IDEALS – How to Use IDEALS to Share Research/Scholarship
Thursday, April 23, 12 – 1pm
Increase the profile and visibility of your scholarship by using UIS Institutional Repository to increase availability.  How to deposit items and track usage.

Mendeley Bibliographic Management Tool
Wednesday, April 29, 12 – 1pm
The Mendeley Bibliographic Management tool was recently purchased by Elsevier and works with Scopus and other databases.  This session will demonstrate how this tool works for creating bibliographies and managing citations.

If none of these times work for you and you’d like to learn more about one of these topics, contact any of our librarians here.

Open Access Week Activities 10/21 – 10/25

This year, Open Access Week is from October 21 – 27, 2019.

Open Access Week is an annual scholarly communication event focusing on open access and related topics.  This week is celebrated with a number of workshops, seminars, etc.  The full schedule of events held this year around the globe may be found at their website: http://www.openaccessweek.org/

Brookens Library will be hosting two events next week.

“Open for Students and Educators: Open Educational Resources Level the Playing Field” Webinar
Tuesday, October 22, 1pm – 2pm, Brookens Library Learning Center (230A)

The Library will host the first event, a webinar led by Sara Rachel Benson at UIUC and sponsored by the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) on Open Educational Resources (OER). A description of this webinar is as follows:

Open educational resources (OERs) are not usually a hard sell for students. But what about educators? How do they benefit from having access to resources that are licensed openly? And how can we, as librarians, guide faculty in adopting and adapting OERs? This free webcast will cover essential OER questions and topics, including:

  • What does OER mean?
  • How is OER helpful not only to students, but to educators as well?
  • Locating and adapting OER (or how to interpret Creative Commons licensing attached to OERs)

Speaker: Sara Rachel Benson, Copyright Librarian and Assistant Professor in the Scholarly Communication and Publishing Unit at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Open Textbooks, the Open Textbook Network & Finding Alternate Free Textbooks
Wednesday, October 23, noon – 1pm, Brookens Library Learning Center (BRK 230A)

The Director of Collections and Scholarly Communications, Stephen McMinn, will follow up with a session on Open Textbooks, the Open Textbook Network, and finding alternate free textbooks in your discipline. 

For more information on these events or other Scholarly Communications or Open Educational Resources (OER) contact your subject librarian or Stephen McMinn (hmcmi3@uis.edu).

Scholarly Communications Workshop Series

The Director of Collections and Scholarly Communications, Stephen McMinn (hmcmi3@uis.edu), at the Brookens Library will be presenting a number of informative sessions on various scholarly communication topics in the Library Learning Center (BRK 230A) from Noon to 1pm on the dates below. Anyone is welcome to attend, and feel free to bring your lunch!

This Fall, most of the topics covered are related to practical advice and demonstrations of the most popular Bibliographic Management applications designed to help researchers and scholars organize their personal libraries of important articles, books, etc. as well as creating bibliographies.  The Spring sessions will cover such topics as OER (Open Educational Resources), author rights, copyright, using citation tools to determine impact of your scholarship, and related scholarly communication topics.

Scholarly Communications Lunch & Learn Workshop Series:

Overview of Bibliographic Management Tools
October 9th, Noon – 1pm, Library Learning Center (BRK 230A)

This session will demonstrate the basic features of the various bibliographic management applications (EndNote/EndNote Web, Zotero, Mendeley, etc.) as well as discuss the similarities and differences in helping choose the application right for you. Then you can attend the specific session on the tool that best meets your needs.

Open Access Week Event discussing Open Textbooks and the Open Textbook Network
October 23rd, Noon – 1pm, Library Learning Center (BRK 230A)

Open Access week is October 21st-27th (http://www.openaccessweek.org/).  This event will discuss Open Textbooks, the Open Textbook Network, including how to locate and use these resources in place of expensive commercial offerings saving students monies and improving educational outcomes.

EndNote and EndNote Web
November 6th, Noon – 1pm, Library Learning Center (BRK 230A)

This session will cover EndNote and EndNote Web including specifics related to getting citations into the application and demonstrate using this tool to create bibliographies and organizing the important papers related to your research and scholarship.

Zotero Bibliographic Management Tool
November 20th, Noon – 1pm, Library Learning Center (BRK 230A)

This session will cover the Zotero Bibliographic Management tool to organize your citations and create bibliographies. 

Mendeley Bibliographic Management Tool
December 4th, Noon – 1pm, Library Learning Center (BRK 230A)

The Mendeley Bibliographic Management tool was recently purchased by Elsevier and works with Scopus and other databases.  This session will demonstrate how this tool works for creating bibliographies and managing citations.

Workshop Series for International Students

If you’re an international student at UIS, you’ve probably noticed that the excitement of being away from home is not without its drawbacks.  There’s a lot to experience and a lot of cultural differences to contend with.  Whether you knew it or not, that sentiment extends to the library as well.  There’s a lot to experience at Brookens Library and things may be different from what you are used to.

At the library, we want to make sure you have access to information, resources, and services that will help you succeed during your time at UIS.  We have created a workshop series for all international students that will cover topics specifically chosen to help you navigate the services and resources the library provides to all students on campus.  

Introduction to the Library – Tuesday, September 19, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm 

BRK 232 – Brookens Classroom (Main Level)

 

Introduction to Library Databases – Monday, October 9, 10:30 am – 11:30 am 

BRK 232 – Brookens Classroom (Main Level)

 

Introduction to Library Databases – Monday, October 16, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm 

BRK 232 – Brookens Classroom (Main Level)

 

Citation Styles and Plagiarism – Thursday, November 9, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

BRK 232 – Brookens Classroom (Main Level)

 

Citation Styles and Plagiarism – Friday, November 17, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

BRK 232 – Brookens Classroom (Main Level)

 

Each session will cover a variety of topics we hope you find helpful! For more information about the content covered in each session, contact John Laubersheimer at: laubersh@uis.edu