Free Library Workshops and Training

Advanced Searching
In this session we will review key information search and retrieval techniques before diving into new ones. We will discuss best approaches to information search and retrieval strategies with the goal to help you retrieve the most relevant results from citation and literature databases. This session will mostly focus on Web of Science and Scopus. Advanced search techniques covered include:
- use index terms, subject headings, descriptors or medical subject headings
- use Boolean operators to narrow, broaden or eliminate results
- use adjacency operators and phrase searching find highly cited papers and authors in your field
- become a registered user to save searches and set up search alerts
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Citation Management
What's the best citation management software? With all the choices available to you, it's important to pick the best one to suit your needs. This workshop will focus specifically on RefWorks, Mendeley, and Zotero, and provide a brief introduction to other citation managers.
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Introduction to Metrics
This workshop will demonstrate how to use a selection of tools for managing the accessibility, citability, and impact measurement of your research articles. We will provide an overview of researcher IDs/ORCiD, teach you about author and journal-level metrics (including h-index and journal impact factor), briefly discuss alternative metrics, and highlight the significance of these elements on your publications and research.
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Alternative Metrics
Author and journal-level metrics have long been used in assessing research impact. Alternative metrics (also known as altmetrics) examine other aspects of research impact, including views, downloads, and prevalence in popular and social media. This session will examine the different tools used in altmetrics, and how you can apply these resources to your research and work.
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Concept Mapping Workshop for Graduate Students
Concept mapping is a proven method for helping to make your knowledge explicit and can help you identify gaps in your understanding of a subject area. Concept maps can be used to map out a research project, plan a literature search, as a study tool, and much more.
Aimed at students who are working on graduate-level or honours thesis projects, this hands-on workshop will introduce students to concept mapping as a method for planning your research.
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Concept Mapping Tools
This hands-on workshop introduces students to using concept mapping software to map out a research project or plan a literature search. Please Note: this workshop requires you to bring your own device (Mac, PC or Linux laptop) and install software prior to the session.
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SAGE Research Methods: Learn how this web based research methods database can help you

SAGE Research Methods is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SAGE Research Methods links the publisher's books, journals and reference content with an advanced search and discovery system. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct research, write up findings, and teach methods to students with concrete examples.

Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than subject areas, it can be used across the all disciplines. Join us and learn how to this tool can help you!

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Buyer Beware: Predatory Publishing
Predatory publishers have become an increasing blight upon scholarly communication as they devalue academic standards and quality scholarship.

In this workshop, you will learn how to:
-Identify predatory publishers
-Differentiate predatory from reputable publishers
-Locate quality journals for your academic work

This workshop will outline strategies so that your research ends up in the right place.
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Library Resources for Job Searching
Are you an undergraduate or graduate student on the job hunt? The library can help! Attend this session to learn all about specialized library resources for researching and finding information on industries, companies, and employers.

Graduating soon? Resources and services available to alumni and how to access them will also be covered.

This session is presented in partnership with the University of Alberta Career Centre.
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Introduction to Archival Research
This workshop will go over the definition of primary and secondary sources, will discuss what kinds of materials can be found in archives, how archives describe materials in hierarchical finding aids, and how to use finding aids to locate appropriate archival materials for primary source research. The workshop will finish with a brief discussion of authenticity and truthfulness in archives as well as a few notes on historical terminology and what to expect when visiting an archive.
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