Libraries offering a series of research skills workshops | Electronic News

Library Research Skills Workshops will help you learn research tips and tricks for academic success. Prepare for your next research assignment, find resources for a literature review, situate yourself in previous literature, and learn where to find key resources by attending one or more of these workshops.

Getting the most out of Google Scholar
Google Scholar offers several powerful features that academics may not be aware of. This workshop will present the main differences between searching in Google Scholar and library databases, techniques to increase your access to full-text documents, and other more sophisticated features to improve your search results.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

• Understand the strengths and limitations of Google Scholar

• Customize Google Scholar accounts by creating alerts, claiming an author profile, and linking to WVU library holdings

• Apply advanced research techniques to create targeted search strategies in Google Scholar

• Explain some of Google’s privacy issues and methods to resolve them

Register for this workshop from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5.

Design of the search strategy for systematic biomedical reviews
Explore the basics of conducting a systematic literature review, including how to frame a research question, develop a search strategy, and search biomedical literature databases. Related LibGuide: Systematic Reviews by Jennifer Monnin.

Register for this workshop from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5.

Find social science datasets
Social scientists use data to map, understand, and make predictions about the social world. This workshop will introduce two of the main social science research data repositories: the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. This workshop will meet at the Downtown Library, Classroom 136. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

• Apply research and navigation techniques to identify relevant datasets for secondary analysis

• Understand a dataset record and other data documents

• Perform full dataset downloads

This workshop will be offered twice:

Register for this workshop from 4 to 5 p.m. on Monday, October 10.

Register for this workshop on Wednesday, October 26 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Writing about data: a scientific writing workshop
Are you a graduate student with a data-rich technical report or thesis in your future? This workshop will explain data writing conventions, including incorporating tables and graphs, using passive voice, and writing successful summaries. This workshop will meet at the Evansdale Library, rooms 228/229. A light pizza dinner will be offered. Registration is mandatory.

Register for this workshop from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12.

Introduction to the Engineering Village
This online workshop will focus on finding better ways to use the Engineering Village database. It can be used as OCE.

Register for this workshop from 3 to 4 p.m. on Monday, October 17.

Introduction to the IEEE Database
This online workshop will focus on more effective use of the IEEE database. This will count as an OCE.

Register for this workshop on Tuesday, October 18 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Introduction to the IEEE Database
This in-person workshop will focus on more effective use of the IEEE database and will count as an ECA. This session will take place at the Evansdale Library, Room 130.

Register for this workshop from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 20.

Which works best: Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar
Scopus, Web of Science and Google Scholar provide an overview of a research area. By comparing these three tools, you can discover the advantages and disadvantages of using these bibliographic databases.

Register for this workshop from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 27.

Paul N. Strickland