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Library Workshops for Grad Students & Faculty: Current Schedule

OSU Libraries Library Events for Graduate Students and Faculty

Workshops for Next Term

Check back at the beginning of June to see the list of workshops for summer term. 

Spring 2016 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 Data Management          (Steve Van Tuyl)                                  

Tuesday, April 5, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

  • Collecting data for your thesis or dissertation?  Learn to manage your data effectively and efficiently!   This seminar 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.  The discussion will cover granting agencies’ requirements, how to fulfill them and how it is to the researcher’s advantage to do so.

Spreadsheet Best Practices for Research                          (Steve Van Tuyl)

Wednesday, April 6 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

  • This hands-on workshop focuses on best practices for using spreadsheets as part of the researcher’s data collection, analysis, and sharing activities including: managing common errors in spreadsheet data management, recommendations for spreadsheet QA/QC, and introducing Tidy Data Principles.

Intro to Qualtrics - Making Great Surveys          (Stefanie Buck)                              

Thursday, April 7, 1:30 – 3:00 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)      

Thursday, April 7, 3:30 - 5:00 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.

Data Wrangling for Research                         (Steve Van Tuyl)

Monday, April 11. 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

  • This hands-on workshop focuses on tools and strategies for data cleaning including QA/QC functionality in Excel and other spreadsheet programs and an introduction to OpenRefine – a tool for exploring, cleaning, and transforming data.

Open Research - Tools and Best Practices - *Canceled*      (Steve Van Tuyl)

Tuesday, April 12, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

  • This hands-on workshop focuses on concepts and issues in open research and introduces the Open Science Framework, a tool for facilitating scholarly collaboration, and GitHub, a version control and management system. 

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

Wednesday, April 13, 9:00  - 10:00 a.m., Autzen Classroom


Monday, May 2, 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)       

Wednesday, April 13, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m., Autzen Classroom


Monday, May 2, 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.

Graduate Publishing Tips - Where, When & How  (Hannah Gascho Rempel)      

Wednesday, April 13, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Autzen Classroom

  • Learn some key publishing strategies and tips including what to consider when choosing a journal to publish in, how to get your story across, co-authorship considerations, author’s rights and why it matters to you, impact factors and more!

Statistics Basics with SPSS         (Brooke Robertshaw)

Thursday, April 14, 4:00 - 6:00 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.

Mendeley     (Mary Markland)               

Tuesday, April 19, 1:00 - 2:30 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.

Basic EndNote Workshop          (Uta Hussong-Christian)                                  

Tuesday, April 19, 3:00 – 4:30 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)

Tuesday, April 19, 4:30 - 5:30 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.

Data Carpentry (2-Day Workshop)    (Steve Van Tuyl)

Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (registration and attendance both days is required), Autzen Classroom

  • Do you have data you want to analyze?  This hands-on workshop teaches basic concepts, skills and tools for working more effectively with data. We will introduce data organization in spreadsheets and OpenRefine, an Introduction to R, SQL for data management, and data analysis and visualization in R. No prior computational experience is required, but participants should bring their laptops and plan to participate actively. Participants must attend both days. For more information, including a schedule, check out the full workshop website.

3D Scanning Workshop  (Margaret Mellinger)       

Wednesday, April 27, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., Autzen Classroom

  • 3D Scanning  will take participants through the process of creating a digital file from a physical object using a 3D scanner. Attendees will learn the characteristics of 3D files, and discuss how to create watertight, 3D printable files. This workshop is linked to the 3D Printing Workshop that follows - participants are welcome to sign up for one or both parts.

3D Printing Workshop  (Margaret Mellinger)       

Wednesday, April 27, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., Autzen Classroom

  • Have you been curious about how 3D printing works?  If you are a complete beginner and want a dead simple introduction to 3D printing, come to this workshop. We’ll use some simple software to play with existing 3D files, learn what makes a good 3D file and send a 3D file to the Valley Library’s printer.  For those of you who know CAD or other modeling software, this is not the workshop for you!

Introduction to Digital Publishing with Scalar - *Cancelled* (Jane Nichols)

Thursday, April 28, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Autzen Classroom

  • Learn about the open source digital publishing platform Scalar. Much like other content management systems (such as Drupal and WordPress) Scalar is designed to make website building straightforward. Scalar fosters easy integration of multimedia content and multiple paths for navigating that content. By the end of the workshop you will be able to launch your own Scalar project, add various types of media to that project, and create pathways through content.

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