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Library Workshops for Grad Students & Faculty

OSU Libraries Library Events for Graduate Students and Faculty

Fall 2018 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)                              

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


Friday, October 26, 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)      

Monday, October 1, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.,  Autzen Classroom


Friday, October 26, 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)      

Tuesday, October 2, 3:00 - 4:30 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. 

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

Wednesday, October 3, 4:00  - 5:00 p.m., Autzen Classroom


Friday, November 2, 2:00 - 3:00 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, October 3, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Autzen Classroom


Friday, November 2, 3:00 - 4:00 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)                                    

Monday, October 8, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom


Tuesday, October 9, 3:00 - 4:30 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.

Showcasing Your Research  (Hui Zhang)

Wednesday, October 10, 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.

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

Friday, October 12, 1:00 - 3:00 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.

Basic EndNote Workshop          (Uta Hussong-Christian)                                  

Tuesday, October 16, 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)

Tuesday, October 16, 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.

Intro to MATLAB         (Clara Llebot Lorente)

Friday, October 19, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.,  Autzen Classroom

  • This is an introductory workshop to Matlab for beginners. We will follow a shortened version of the Software Carpentry lesson “Programming with Matlab” ( We will talk about reading data with Matlab and organize it in variables, vectors, and matrices.  We will perform some basic operations on the data (mean, maximums, minimums) and will create some visualizations and save them. We will talk about writing Matlab scripts and functions, and we will write loops and conditional statements. You are encouraged to bring your own computer, but can use one of the class computers if needed. For information about setting up your computer for the workshop visit

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