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Library Workshops for Grad Students & Faculty

OSU Libraries Library Events for Graduate Students and Faculty

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If you are interested in a workshop that is not currently offered, or if you would like to have a workshop delivered to a small group or an individual class, please contact Hannah Rempel (

Citation Management Tools


Receive an introduction to the citation management tool EndNote. Learn how to organize a library, import references from databases, create bibliographies, modify output styles and customize reference types.

EndNote Web

Learn how to use the free version of EndNote - EndNote Web! Discover how easy it is to keep track of your sources, import your references into Word documents and share your sources with others using web-based EndNote Web.


Learn about this new (and free) web-based citation management tool, which you can use to save citations and pdfs, as well as incorporate citations into a Word document.


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."

Becoming a Better Researcher

Research Overview & Library Tools

Literature Review Workshop

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.

Web of Science:  Nuts, Bolts and Power Tools

This workshop will cover a brief overview of what is indexed in Web of Science, using the search interfaces for topic, author, source title, and address searching, expanding your literature search using the unique Related Records search, using cited reference searching to navigate the literature , how to use Refine, Analyze Results, Citation Reporting, and Citation Maps, how to connect to full text from Web of Science, and tools available in Web of Science for managing your search process.

Preparing Your IRB Submission

This session is intended for graduate students and faculty who have identified a research topic.  Practical guidance and tips for submitting high quality study proposals will be provided.  The format will be open discussion and any questions related to the IRB process are welcomed.

Intro to Data Management

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.

Cited Reference Searching:  From the Classic to the Cutting Edge

Find out how "cited reference" searching can help you be a better researcher. Learn how to do a cited reference search using the Web of Science service as well as other options.


Are you interested in determining the average age at which men versus women begin smoking? What if you need to know whether age at marriage differs between your region of the country and other regions, or about differences in political attitudes based on age, gender, education, race, or ethnicity? These and countless other questions can be answered by studies in the ICPSR data holdings.  ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) is the world's largest collection of digital social science data - ICPSR data cover topics from sociology, political science, economics, demography, education, child care, health care, crime, minority populations, aging, terrorism, substance abuse, mental health, public policy, and international relations.  This workshop can help you to increase your skills at searching, downloading and analyzing ICPSR data, or simply let you become more familiar with what ICPSR has to offer.

PubMed & Medline Searching for Advanced Users

This workshop will cover using MeSH (Medical Subject Headings), refining searches using limiters, tracking and saving your searches and linking out to articles available via OSU Libraries.

APA Workshop

Learn how to cite your sources using the new APA style manual (6th edition), how to cite sources in your text, and how to format a works cited list at the end of your document. We will also address some of the changes that have been made in the new edition.

Intro to Qualtris - Making Great Surveys

If you will be doing research that involves collecting survey data, then you'll want to learn about Qualtrics. Qualtrics is a powerful survey research tool (think Survey Monkey on steroids) available to all OSU faculty and students. It's easy, powerful and, best of all, IRB compliant.

Digital Humanities 101

Whether you’ve begun to dabble in the Digital Humanities (DH) or have never heard of it, this workshop provides a brief introduction and broad overview to common threads encompassing DH. During this session, you will learn about Digital Collections, Digital Editions, Texts and Text Encoding, Text Mining and Analysis, and Data Analysis and Visualization. You will also learn about some tools you might use to get started with your own DH project.

NIH and OSU Open Access Policies

Learn the basic terms and conditions of the NIH public access and OSU open access policies, the deposit requirements for each policy and how to submit your articles.


Publishing Guidance

Publishing Tips - Where, When & How

Find out more about some key publishing strategies and tips including what to consider when choosing a journal to publish in, copyright and why it matters to you, impact factors and more!

Author's Rights Workshop

This hands-on workshop will help participants make smart decisions about the rights they turn over to publishers. Participants will come away from the workshop with a better understanding of the language used in copyright transfer agreements, how they can negotiate changes with the publisher, and why retaining rights matters.
The workshop is intended for both graduate students preparing to publish as well as faculty.

Publishing Your Research:  Your Rights, Your Advisor and the Publisher

Find out about copyright transfer agreements, who has the right to do what with research and what questions to ask your advisor and your publisher.

Thesis & Dissertations:  Your Rights & Responsibilities

The Graduate School and OSU Libraries team up to bring you the information you need as you prepare to submit your thesis or dissertation for final approval. The Graduate School Thesis Editor will walk you through the thesis and dissertation submission requirements and answer questions about thesis formatting, deadlines and other issues. The Digital Scholarship Librarian will share the latest information regarding the fair use of copyrighted materials in your research, your rights as an author and the implications of making your work openly available via ScholarsArchive@OSU.

Thesis Savvy: Fair Use & Authors Rights

Wondering about using someone else's image or table in your thesis? Unsure about whether or not you have to ask permission? Want to use your own previously published article in your dissertation? This session will provide you with a basic understanding of your rights as both a creator and user of copyrighted material. Find out why thesis and dissertation authors are often free to make use of someone else's work without asking permission and how you can ensure you retain the rights you need when you publish with a journal.

Keeping Up with Online Tools

Moving Away from Paper:  Useful Practices for Onine & Mobile Notetaking

Interested in transitioning to a more electronic reading and annotating workflow?  Tools discussed will include desktop and mobile options, such as Evernote, iAnnotate, Mendeley, Microsoft OneNote, Note Taker HD, Zotero and EndNote

Google Docs Workshop

Come learn the basics of Google Docs, free web-based word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software that allows you to create and edit documents from anywhere. Using Google Docs, you can easily share work and collaborate with multiple people simultaneously. During this one-hour workshop we will cover the basics and will practice creating, editing and collaborating.

RSS Feeds - News & Research Delivered to Your Desktop

Use this free web-based tool to easily manage all the websites you visit and to keep up with new information - even new content from journal articles!

Social Bookmarking in an Academic Environment:  Moving Beyond Tagging, Cooking Blogs & Shopping Sites

Have you wondered how can you store and organize the web sites and articles you find during your online research journey? Considered ways to discover and explore your colleagues' online research projects? Pondered how social bookmarking tools might work for you? Join in and see how tagging can help you connect, classify, and categorize!

Share Alike:  Creative Commons

What is Creative Commons? Does it replace copyright? How can Creative Commons be useful in the academic setting?  This workshop will address these and other frequently asked questions about Creative Commons Licenses.

Showcasing Your Research

Are you curious about what those impact factor and h-index numbers really mean?  Do you want to know about a variety of ways to quantify how much impact your publications and research have?  Come learn about some traditional (JCR) and new ways (Google Metrics, ScholarsArchive, ORCID and altmetrics) to measure your research impact, explore how you can use this information to demonstrate and find research connections, and become more informed about your choices within the abundant and growing number of publication impact metrics and tools.

Share. Create. Collaborate. Google Non-Core Apps for OSU

You know you have access to Google Drive, Mail, Calendar, Groups, and Sites, but did you know your OSU Google Account also has access to non-core apps? Come to this interactive session and learn about four non-core apps that will increase your productivity.

Financial Support

Graduate Student Financial Support Workshop

This is a grant searching (not a grant writing) workshop. We will discuss the many ways in which graduate students are supported at OSU and also explore search tools and techniques for locating external support.


    Becoming a Better Teacher

    Jing:  Screen Shot, Screen Capture & Share

    If Camtasia and Captivate are too expensive (starting at $300) then try simple, free and easy-to-use Jing software to create instructive screenshots and screen capture videos for your educational website.

    Research Assignments that Work

    Whether you’re looking to improve an existing research assignment or wanting to create a new one from scratch, OSU instruction librarians can help you.  In this workshop, we will show you how to design research assignments that: encourage students to use quality resources, target the skills you want your students to develop, prevent cut-and-paste plagiarism, avoid obstacles to learning caused by limited access to resources.

    Cool Tech Tools

    Save and Share Photos with Flickr

    Learn about this free web-based photo-sharing tool and some ways you can use it in your school work.

    You and Your eReader

    Come join us for this interactive session where four librarians will be on hand to answer your questions and demonstrate their personal eReaders (kobo, sony, nook and kindle). The librarians can show you how to prepare your computer for accepting library eBooks, how to download selections, and how to transfer them to your eReader. Participants are welcome to bring their laptops and/or eReaders.

    3D Printing

    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!