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

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.

Library Research Workshops

November 1-9: The library will be offering one-hour research workshops in UHB and online. This is a great opportunity to begin research for your upcoming papers. Bring your assignment and some ideas and we’ll help you get started. Visit the library calendar for details: http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/2725.

Questions? Contact Amanda Binder at binder2@uis.edu or 206-8458.

Library Research Workshops

Check out our full schedule. For registration, location information and a calendar view of workshop dates please visit: http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/2725

Questions? Contact Amanda Binder at binder2@uis.edu or 206-8458.