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Library Workshops

OSU Libraries Workshops and Events

Fall 2020 Workshop Schedule

*In keeping with social distancing precautions taken for COVID-19, all workshops will be offered remotely only via Zoom. Register for workshops via our new registration page. Registration is now required for all workshops due to new Zoom security measures. Participants must register in order to receive the Zoom meeting password. The schedule is also subject to change as we respond to the COVID-19 situation.*

Intro to LaTeX (Clara Llebot Lorente)      

Monday, October 5, 2:30 - 4:00 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. 

Intro to LaTeX (Clara Llebot Lorente)      

Tuesday, October 6, 2:00 - 3:30 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. 

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

Wednesday, October 7, 9:30 - 11:00 a.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)       

Wednesday, October 7, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 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.

Intro to Qualtrics - Making Great Surveys (Diana Castillo)

Thursday, October 8, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. via Zoom

  • 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)

Thursday, October 8, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. via Zoom

  • 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. 

Researching for the Literature Review (Hannah Rempel)

Monday, October 12, 3:00 - 4:30 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. 

Researching for the Literature Review (Colleen Johnson)

Tuesday, October 13, 10:00 - 11:30 a.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. 

Copyright and Fair Use in Research and Teaching (Michael Boock)
Monday, October 19, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., via Zoom

  • 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.

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

Tuesday, October 20, 1:00 - 2:30 p.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. Please set up Git on your own computer before the start of the workshop, as there will not be time allocated to do this during the workshop. For more information and set-up instructions visit https://osulp.github.io/workshop_intro_to_git/  

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

Tuesday, October 20, 2:45 - 4:00 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. Be sure to set up Git on your computer in advanced as there will not be time dedicated to doing this during the workshop. 

Mendeley Reference Manager  (Colleen Johnson)

Thursday, October 22, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., via Zoom

  • 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."

Intro to MATLAB (Clara Llebot Lorente)

Monday, October 26, 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 will be required to set up Matlab on your own computer before the workshop begins, as there will not be workshop time dedicated to doing so. For information about setting up your computer for the workshop visit https://osulp.github.io/matlab-novice-inflammation/setup.html

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

Thursday, October 29, 1:00 - 2:00 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 (Hannah Rempel)       

Thursday, October 29, 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.

Intro to Qualtrics - Making Great Surveys (Diana Castillo)

Monday, November 2, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. via Zoom

  • 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)

Monday, November 2, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. via Zoom

  • 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. 

Zotero Q&A Session (Hannah Rempel)

Thursday, November 5, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., via Zoom

  • Have questions about saving sources to your Zotero library, formatting citations in Word or Google Docs with Zotero, or importing libraries from other citation managers? Or maybe you are looking for ideas on how to organize and take notes in Zotero? Come ask your questions, or get help troubleshooting technical difficulties with Zotero, during this open Q&A session with OSU Libraries’ Zotero trainer Hannah Rempel.

Zotero Q&A Session (Hannah Rempel)

Wednesday, November 9, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., via Zoom

  • Have questions about saving sources to your Zotero library, formatting citations in Word or Google Docs with Zotero, or importing libraries from other citation managers? Or maybe you are looking for ideas on how to organize and take notes in Zotero? Come ask your questions, or get help troubleshooting technical difficulties with Zotero, during this open Q&A session with OSU Libraries’ Zotero trainer Hannah Rempel.

Basic EndNote  (Uta Hussong-Christian)

Tuesday, November 10, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., via Zoom

  • 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, November 10, 3:45 - 4:45 p.m., via Zoom

  • 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.

Zotero Q&A Session (Hannah Rempel)

Monday, November 16, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., via Zoom

  • Have questions about saving sources to your Zotero library, formatting citations in Word or Google Docs with Zotero, or importing libraries from other citation managers? Or maybe you are looking for ideas on how to organize and take notes in Zotero? Come ask your questions, or get help troubleshooting technical difficulties with Zotero, during this open Q&A session with OSU Libraries’ Zotero trainer Hannah Rempel.


All workshops are offered via Zoom and require registration through the workshop registration page in order to receive the Zoom password.

If you have any questions about these workshops, contact Colleen Johnson (colleen.johnson@oregonstate.edu) or Hannah Gascho Rempel (hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu).