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Library Workshops

OSU Libraries Workshops and Events

Winter 2022 Workshop Schedule

*In keeping with social distancing precautions taken for COVID-19, most workshops will be offered remotely only via Zoom. Register for workshops via our 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.*

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

Wednesday, January 12, 9:00 - 10:30 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, January 12, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 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 LaTeX (Clara Llebot Lorente)      

Tuesday, January 18, 10:00- 11:30 a.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 (Jane Nichols)

Thursday, January 20, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., West Classroom, Valley Library

  • 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. 

Introductory Research Data Management 

Monday, January 24 - Thursday, January 27, via Canvas

  • Do you create or use data in your research? Looking for tips and tools to better help you manage your research data and preserve it for long-term use? Do you want to learn how to write a good Data Management Plan for a grant proposal? OSU Libraries offers this Introductory Research Data Management Workshop as an asynchronous online workshop for OSU community members engaged in research with data. Topics will include getting started with data management planning, funder requirements for data sharing, metadata, tips to help keep you organized, sharing, archiving and preservation, and an introduction to tools and on-campus support to aid researchers. This workshop is designed for those with either no or minimal research data management experience. For more information view the registration page.

Intro to MATLAB (Clara Llebot Lorente)

Monday, January 24, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 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.” 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 Programming with MATLAB: Setup page.

Intro to Qualtrics - Making Great Surveys (Diana Castillo)

Monday, January 31, 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, January 31, 3:00 p.m. - 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), creating contact lists, distribution, building reports, and using  libraries to store and reuse questions and surveys. Requirement: Introduction to Qualtrics or significant experience. 

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

Tuesday, February 8, 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 Oregon State University Introduction to Git Workshop page.

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

Tuesday, February 8, 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 Oregon State University Introduction to Git Workshop page. If you come to the advanced lesson but not to the beginner lesson please follow the instructions in Version Control with Git: Advanced: Setup page 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. 

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

Thursday, February 10, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., West Classroom, Valley Library

  • 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, February 10, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., West Classroom, Valley Library

  • Learn more advanced features of this free web-based citation management tool.  In this session we will cover how to use notes and tags for creating a more effective research ecosystem, how to import and export from EndNote, how to add in more citation styles, how to use Zotero Groups and Zotero storage options.

Researching for the Literature Review (Jane Nichols)

Tuesday, February 15, 1:00 - 2:30 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. 

Writing Data Management Plans (Clara Llebot Lorente)      

Wednesday, February 16, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., via Zoom

  • Do you need to write a data management plan for a grant proposal, for your thesis proposal, or for a research project? In this workshop we will talk about good data management practices that should be reflected in a data management plan, and will share tips and tricks to make a data management plan as strong as possible. We will look at examples of data management plans, and we will identify resources available to OSU researchers to write data management plans. This will be a domain agnostic workshop, we will not focus on a specific field of research or on a specific founder, but you are welcome to come with your project specific questions.

Copyright and Fair Use in Research and Teaching (Michael Boock)      

Wednesday, February 16, 1:00 - 2:00 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.

Intro to Qualtrics - Making Great Surveys (Diana Castillo)

Wednesday, February 23, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. West Classroom, Valley Library

  • 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)

Wednesday, February 23, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. West Classroom, Valley Library

  • Learn how to create more sophisticated surveys and data gathering strategies using Qualtrics. We will cover survey flow (branching), creating contact lists, distribution, building reports, and using  libraries to store and reuse questions and surveys. Requirement: Introduction to Qualtrics or significant experience. 


Most workshops are offered via Zoom and require registration through the workshop registration page in order to receive the Zoom password. For workshops that are offered in person, please bring your laptops if possible. Some laptops will be provided.

If you have any questions about these workshops, contact Diana Castillo (diana.castillo@oregonstate.edu).