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OSU Libraries Workshops and Events

Spring 2020 Workshop Schedule

*Register for workshops via our new registration page. Registration is encouraged, but not required.
In keeping with social distancing precautions taken for COVID-19, all workshops will be offered remotely only via Zoom. The schedule is also subject to change as we respond to the COVID-19 situation.*

Intro to Zotero: A Web-Based Way to Manage Your Citations (Diana Park)      

Tuesday, April 7, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., via Zoom

  • 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 (Diana Park)       

Tuesday, April 7, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., via Zoom

  • 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.

Digital Safety for Researchers (Kelly McElroy and Diana Park)

Wednesday, April 8, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., via Zoom: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/861540083

  • In an increasingly connected scholarly environment, new researchers must balance promoting their work with maintaining their personal privacy. This interactive workshop will help you think critically about where your information is and how to keep it safe as you build your academic career.

Intro to Qualtrics - Making Great Surveys (Diana Castillo)

Tuesday, April 14, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

  • 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. 

Advanced Qualtrics (Diana Castillo)

Tuesday, April 14, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • 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 qusetions and surveys. Requirement: Introduction to Qualtrics or significant experience. 

Intro to LaTeX (Clara Llebot Lorente)      

Wednesday, April 15, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., via Zoom

  • LaTeX is a free high-quality typesetting system suitable for any form of publishing, but especially 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. 

Researching for the Literature Review (Colleen Johnson)

Thursday, April 16, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., via Zoom

  • 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. 

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

Friday, April 24, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.,  via Zoom

  • 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. The Intro to Git workshop has two parts: beginner and advanced. Participants are welcome to come to only the beginner, only the advanced, or both. The beginner 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 repository, record changes to files, create a GitHub account, and synchronize the local and remote repositories. This workshop uses the command line to learn git, but no previous experience using command line is necessary. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own computer but classroom computers will be available. More information in https://osulp.github.io/workshop_intro_to_git/  

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

Friday, April 24, 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.,  via Zoom

  • This workshop is an introduction to version control systems with Git for people with a little bit of experience with the basic commands of 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. The Intro to Git workshop has two parts: beginner and advanced. Participants are welcome to come to only the beginner, only the advanced, or both. The advanced workshop is designed for people who are still not very comfortable with Git but know the basic commands. Having completed the beginner workshop is a good way of preparing for the advanced workshop. During the advanced workshop we will work collaboratively in a repository, solve conflicts, create branches, forks, and pull requests. This workshop uses the command line to learn git, but no previous experience using command line is necessary. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own computer but classroom computers will be available. More information in https://osulp.github.io/workshop_intro_to_git/. If you come to the advanced lesson but not to the beginner lesson please follow the instructions in https://osulp.github.io/git-advanced/setup.html to come prepared before the workshop.

Intro to MATLAB (Clara Llebot Lorente)

Monday, April 27, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.,  via Zoom

  • This is an introductory workshop to Matlab for beginners. We will follow a shortened version of the Software Carpentry lesson “Programming with Matlab” (https://osulp.github.io/intro_to_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 https://osulp.github.io/matlab-novice-inflammation/setup.html

Copyright and Fair Use in Research and Teaching (Michael Boock)
Thursday, April 30, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

  • Copyright is intellectual property law that gives creators exclusive rights (for a limited time) to print, copy, publish, perform, film, or record original works that they have fixed in a tangible form. In this workshop we'll describe copyright as well as exceptions to copyright including teaching and fair use exceptions.

Intro to Zotero: A Web-Based Way to Manage Your Citations (Diana Park)       

Tuesday, May 5, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

  • 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 (Diana Park)       

Tuesday, May 5, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

  • 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.


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 Colleen Johnson at colleen.johnson@oregonstate.edu.