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Library Workshops for Grad Students & Faculty

OSU Libraries Library Events for Graduate Students and Faculty

Fall 2017 Workshop Schedule

*Click on the workshop title or date link to register for a workshop. Registration is encouraged, but not required.
All workshops are in the Autzen classroom on the 2nd floor of the Valley Library, unless otherwise noted.*

Intro to Qualtrics - Making Great Surveys          (Stefanie Buck)                              

Tuesday, September 26, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.,  Autzen Classroom


Wednesday, November 1, 1:00 -2:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

  • If you are doing program/event assessment or research involving data gathering, then you'll want to learn about Qualtrics. Qualtrics is a powerful survey research tool available to all OSU faculty and students. It's easy, powerful and, best of all, IRB compliant. This session will be an introduction to Qualtrics and will provide you with a basic overview of Qualtrics’ tools including how to create a basic survey and the different survey question types. We will learn about skips and display logic. We will also cover some different options for distributing surveys and getting reports out of Qualtrics.

Advanced Qualtrics                                            (Stefanie Buck)      

Tuesday, September 26, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.,  Autzen Classroom


Wednesday, November 1, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

  • Learn how to create more sophisticated surveys and data gathering strategies using Qualtrics. We will cover survey flow (branching), piping text, using panels to distribute a survey to a specific group of people, triggers and using  libraries to store and reuse questions and surveys. Requirement: Introduction to Qualtrics or significant experience.

Intro to LaTeX  (Clara Llebot Lorente)      

Wednesday, September 27, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

  • LaTeX is a free high-quality typesetting system suitable for any form of publishing, but specially useful for technical or scientific documents. It is designed so that you won’t have to worry as much about the appearance of your document, and will be able to focus on getting the right content. We will talk about the basic structure of a document, the typesetting of complex mathematical formulas, inclusion of figures, and the generation of bibliographies with BibTeX. 

Mendeley     (Mary Markland)               

Tuesday, October 3, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

  • Learn to use Mendeley a "free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.

Manage Your Research Data (Clara Llebot Lorente)

Wednesday, October 4, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

  • Learn to manage your data effectively and efficiently!   This workshop will provide an introduction to capturing, storing, and describing research data throughout the life of the research project and after. This is intended for those researchers who need help with a data management plan or for those who are just beginning a data management plan. We will also talk about best practices for formatting data in spreadsheets, common mistakes and how to avoid them, and how to do basic quality control and data manipulation. 

Intro to Zotero: A Web-Based Way to Manage Your Citations   (Hannah Gascho Rempel)       

Friday, October 6, 2:00  - 3:00 p.m., Autzen Classroom


Monday, Oct. 23, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., Autzen Classroom

  • Learn the basics about this free web-based citation management tool, which you can use to save citations and pdfs, as well as incorporate citations into a Word document.  In this session we will cover how to set up a Zotero library, how to put citations into your library, how to use Word to cite as you go, and how to sync Zotero across multiple computers.

Intermediate/Advanced Zotero (Hannah Gascho Rempel)       

Friday, October 6, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Autzen Classroom


Monday, Oct. 23, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., Autzen Classroom

  • Learn more advanced features of this free web-based citation management tool.  In this session we will cover how to store PDFs in Zotero, how to import and export from EndNote, how to add in more citation styles, how to use Zotero Groups and the options for using Zotero on mobile devices.

Researching for the Literature Review Workshop             (Hannah Gascho Rempel)                                     

Tuesday, October 10, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom


Wednesday, October 11, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., Autzen Classroom

  • Find out what the literature review is and how to get started, how to keep track of sources, searches and new research, and how to use library resources more effectively.

Statistics Basics with SPSS       (Brooke Robertshaw)

Wednesday, October 11, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

  • This hands-on SPSS workshop will cover the basics of SPSS - including opening different file types into SPSS, manipulating and transforming data, and running basic descriptives. If time permits, t-tests and chi-square will also be covered. Those who have had limited or no experience using SPSS should attend this workshop.

SPSS Intermediate       (Brooke Robertshaw)

Thursday, October 12, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

  • This intermediate SPSS workshop will cover how to run ANOVAs, repeated measures ANOVAs, linear regression, and non-parametric tests in SPSS.  It is for those who already have some experience with SPSS, such as having attended Statistics Basics with SPSS.

Introduction to Git  (Clara Llebot Lorente)       **Registration Required**

Tuesday, October 17, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Autzen Classroom

This workshop is an introduction to version control systems with Git. Version control systems are tools that keep track of the changes made on a document, and help version and merge files. They allow the user to decide which changes make up the next version, and keep useful data about them. Version control systems are usually used by developers and people who write code, but are very useful also for people working with documents in general. It is especially helpful for collaborative work with more than one person working on the same file. This workshop is designed for people who have never used Git or a version control system before, and want to learn more about what version control systems can do for them and their research. It will be a hands-on workshop where we will create a GitHub account, and code together to learn the basic flow of Git from the command line. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own computer. Follow the instructions in to get ready for the workshop.

Showcasing Your Research  (Hui Zhang)

Wednesday, October 18, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.,  Autzen Classroom

  • Do you feel the pressure of defending the importance of your research? Or do you see the Web as an opportunity to increase the visibility of your research but are frustrated about how to make it happen? This workshop will introduce quantitative measures for scholarly impact (e.g., citation, altmetrics, and h-index), open access initiatives (OA), and their correlation. The participants will also learn how to use social media and an institutional repository (IR) to boost and demonstrate the influence of their work.

Basic EndNote Workshop          (Uta Hussong-Christian)                                  

Thursday, October 19, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.,  Autzen Classroom

  • Love the writing but hate formatting those citations?  Wrapping up your thesis or dissertation this spring or summer?  Learn to use basic but powerful features of the reference management tool, EndNote.  In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn to setup an EndNote library, save references and pdfs, automatically create and edit a bibliography, and prepare a document for publishing.  This workshop is intended for novice EndNote users and is intentionally slow-paced and very interactive.

Intermediate/Advanced EndNote         (Uta Hussong-Christian)

Thursday, October 19, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.,  Autzen Classroom

  • Learn more advanced features of EndNote including retrieving full-text articles via EndNote, using PDFs to create references, editing/adding citation styles and using references in document sections. We'll also explore EndNote's library sharing option.

Preservation and Curation of Your Thesis and Dissertation Research Data: Storage and Version Control (Michael Boock)

Tuesday, October 31, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Autzen Classroom

  • Where and how you choose to store and organize your research materials and writings will determine how long they survive. The risks to your digital files are many and varied: from file corruption, viruses, storage device malfunctions, accidental or malicious deletions to not knowing what version of your work is the most current. In this workshop, you will learn how to understand the range of threats to storage stability in the digital environments you are using for your research outputs, gain familiarity with storage options for your research, and learn to use naming/storage conventions to “version” your research files, making it easier to know your research history.

Preservation and Curation of Your Thesis and Dissertation Research Data: Data Organization and Metadata (Michael Boock)

Thursday, November 2, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Autzen Classroom

  • As you develop your research, you will have to consider how to manage and organize the data you’re gathering. The type of research you are doing and the standards of your field(s) will affect your data organization and analysis practices. When you prepare and submit your final work as a thesis or dissertation, earlier decisions you have made about how the data is structured and organized will have implications for how readily others will be able to access and make use (or sense) of your data. In this workshop you will learn what metadata is and how it can impact the future usefulness of your research content; what types of metadata you can create; how to use a basic spreadsheet to build an inventory for your ETD package; options for data management and data organization.



All workshops are in the Autzen Classroom on the 2nd floor (main floor) of the Valley Library (unless otherwise noted).

If you have any questions about these workshops, contact Hannah Gascho Rempel at