Upcoming Events

Title:Keeping Track of Your Drafts, Edits, and Revisions: An introduction to version control
Date:Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Time:2:30pm - 3:30pm
Presenter:Ian Harmon
Library:Online
Audiences:Faculty, Graduate Students
Categories:Data Management, Dissertation & Thesis, Research Commons Workshop
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

Research is an active, iterative process that consists of editing, re-editing, revising, and otherwise manipulating materials many times over the courses of a project. This can result in in the creation of numerous versions of your files, so how to you keep track of everything? How do you know which draft is the most recent, or which file is your raw data as opposed to your analyzed data? Addressing these challenges is a process known as version control. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to track and manage your files as they change and grow throughout the course of your thesis, dissertation, or other research project.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand that your research files will change over time
  • Learn to use naming and storage conventions to “version” your research files, making it easier to know your research history
  • Gian familiarity with tools that can help you with versioning, particularly when you’re collaborating on documents with others
Title:Zotero: A Free, Easy-to-use Citation Manager
Date:Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Time:12:00pm - 1:15pm
Presenter:Virginia Desouky
Library:Online
Audiences:Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
Categories:Citation Management
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

Zotero is a free, online citation manager that can help you collect, organize, format, and share citations.  Please download and install Zotero before the workshop.  Just follow this easy guide.  If you run into difficulties, the Zotero Documentation is very good, or feel free to contact Beth Royall for help.  Chromebook users will need to follow these instructions for installing Linux and running Zotero from there.  

Zoom link will be emailed on September 22

Are you a Zotero user who would like to go beyond the basics? Click here to request a one-on-one consultation to explore Zotero’s power to format annotated bibliographies, accommodate different citation styles, import sources from other reference managers, create shared Zotero libraries for collaborative research, and more.

Title:Tips and Tricks for Successful Open Access Publishing
Date:Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Time:3:00pm - 4:00pm
Presenter:Susan Arnold
Library:Online
Audiences:Alumni, Faculty, Graduate Students
Categories:Open Access, Research Commons Workshop, Scholarly Communication
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

This online workshop provides an overview of open access, identification of predatory journals, WVUL and free resources that can help faculty and students choose a journal in which to publish, and the WVUL Open Access Author Fund and institutional OA memberships.

Title:Researching West Virginia State Legislation
Date:Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Time:3:30pm - 4:45pm
Location:Classroom 136 (LL)
Library:Downtown Campus Library
Audiences:Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
Categories:Government Information, Research Skills
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

In this workshop participants will learn how to locate and utilize resources for current and historical West Virginia Legislation. In addition to resources for bills and laws, users will also be provided with an introduction on how to find supporting documents including current and historical legislative histories, hearings, documents, and prints. This workshop will be held at the Downtown Campus in the lower level room 136 on Wednesday, September 22nd at 3:30pm.

Title:Copyright & Fair Use
Date:Monday, September 27, 2021
Time:3:30am - 5:00pm
Presenter:Marian Armour-Gemmen & Beth Royall
Library:Evansdale Campus Library
Audiences:Alumni, Faculty, Graduate Students, Public, Undergraduate Students
Categories:Intellectual Property, Research Commons Workshop
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

Come learn the fundamentals of U.S. copyright, what fair use allows, and the benefits of the Creative Commons.

Title:Zotero: A Free, Easy-to-use Citation Manager
Date:Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Time:3:00pm - 4:15pm
Library:Online
Audiences:Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
Categories:Citation Management, Research Commons Workshop
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

Zotero is a free, online citation manager that can help you collect, organize, format, and share citations.  Please download and install Zotero before the workshop.  Just follow this easy guide.  If you run into difficulties, the Zotero Documentation is very good, or feel free to contact Beth Royall for help.  Chromebook users will need to follow these instructions for installing Linux and running Zotero from there.  

Zoom link will be emailed on September 27th.

Are you a Zotero user who would like to go beyond the basics? Click here to request a one-on-one consultation to explore Zotero’s power to format annotated bibliographies, accommodate different citation styles, import sources from other reference managers, create shared Zotero libraries for collaborative research, and more.

Title:Research Tools and Software for Academic Writing
Date:Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Time:12:00pm - 1:15pm
Presenter:Virginia Desouky
Audiences:Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
Categories:Scholarly Communication
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

This workshop will highlight popular online tools that assist writers with various stages of paper or essay writing.  Find out ways to improve your writing skills with online tools designed to help you write more effectively.   Writing and research tools discussed will cover topics including grammar, editing, plagiarism, citation management, and project management software.

 

Title:Backing-up, Storing, and Preserving Your Research Files
Date:Thursday, September 30, 2021
Time:2:30pm - 3:30pm
Presenter:Ian Harmon
Library:Online
Audiences:Faculty, Graduate Students
Categories:Data Management, Dissertation & Thesis, Research Commons Workshop
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

During the life of a research project, you generate a lot of files, but how much thought do you give to their storage and preservation? How often should you backup your materials what steps do you need to take to preserve your data so that it remains accessible in the long-term? In this workshop you will learn how to create a systematic storage process to secure your data against a wide range of loss scenarios.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the range of threats to storage stability in the digital environments you are using for your research outputs
  • Learn how to weigh the pros and cons of different approaches to research content storage
  • Gain familiarity with storage fundamentals, including the current and emerging storage options for digital research outputs
Title:Getting Started on a Literature Review
Date:Thursday, September 30, 2021
Time:3:00pm - 4:30pm
Presenter:Marian Armour-Gemmen, Martin Dunlap, Beth Royall & Martha Yancey
Library:Online
Audiences:Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
Categories:Literature Review, Research Skills
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

Do you have a literature review in your future? Come learn the steps of a lit review and practice database search strategies. Registration required.  This workshop will be held on Zoom.

Title:Engineering Village Basics
Date:Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Time:2:00pm - 3:00pm
Presenter:Martin Dunlap
Categories:Research Skills
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

Get started using the Engineering Village database.

Title:Teaching with Wikipedia
Date:Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Time:3:00pm - 4:00pm
Presenter:Lynne Stahl, Ian Harmon
Library:Online
Audiences:Faculty, Graduate Students
Categories:Open Education Resources (OER), Research Commons Workshop, Teaching & Pedagogy
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

Many students use Wikipedia for research, but few understand how it really works. In spite of (and in some cases, because of) its shortcomings, Wikipedia provides instructors with an opportunity to teach students how to evaluate information for reliability and information sources for credibility. Moreover, Wikipedia enables students and teachers to work together to improve the quality of information on the platform. In this workshop, you will learn about techniques for using Wikipedia in the classroom, including how to develop assignments that allow students to write for a wide range of audiences by editing, contributing to, or authoring Wikipedia articles while conducting relevant research.

Title:Mendeley
Date:Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Time:12:00pm - 1:15pm
Presenter:Virginia Desouky
Audiences:Faculty, Graduate Students
Categories:Citation Management, Research Commons Workshop
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

 Mendeley is a free reference management program that helps you organize your citations, format bibliographies in MS Word, connect with other researchers in your field, discover trending articles in your area of interest, and collaborate with research teams. With both a desktop client and a web application, it's easy to access your research from anywhere in the world. Learn how to use Mendeley Stats and create your author profile.  Learn about Mendeley Data, where you can store, share, and manage your data.  This is an introductory level class, and no prior knowledge of Mendeley is needed. This is an online workshop via Zoom.

Title:Introduction to Election Data Resources
Date:Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Time:3:30pm - 4:45pm
Location:Classroom 136 (LL)
Library:Downtown Campus Library
Audiences:Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
Categories:Data, Government Information, Research Skills
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

In this workshop participants will learn how to access and use popular resources for data on current and historical electoral returns, voter turnout, and administration of elections. This workshop will be held at the Downtown Campus in the lower level room 136 on Wednesday, October 6th at 3:30pm.

Title:Zotero: A Free, Easy-to-use Citation Manager
Date:Thursday, October 7, 2021
Time:12:00pm - 1:15pm
Presenter:Virginia Desouky, Jennifer Monnin & Beth Royall
Library:Online
Audiences:Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
Categories:Citation Management, Research Commons Workshop
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

Zotero is a free, online citation manager that can help you collect, organize, format, and share citations.  Please download and install Zotero before the online workshop.  Just follow this easy guide.  If you run into difficulties, the Zotero Documentation is very good, or feel free to contact Beth Royall for help.  Chromebook users will need to follow these instructions for installing Linux and running Zotero from there.  

Zoom link will be emailed on September 14th.

Are you a Zotero user who would like to go beyond the basics? Click here to request a one-on-one consultation to explore Zotero’s power to format annotated bibliographies, accommodate different citation styles, import sources from other reference managers, create shared Zotero libraries for collaborative research, and more.

Title:Preparing for a Poster Session
Date:Monday, October 11, 2021
Time:3:00pm - 4:00pm
Presenter:Anna Crawford
Audiences:Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
Categories:Conference Preparation, Scholarly Communication
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

Learn how to develop a poster presentation, including best practices for design and engagement. Researchers of all levels are welcome.

Title:Zotero: A Free, Easy-to-Use Citation Manager
Date:Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Time:12:00pm - 1:15pm
Presenter:Virginia Desouky
Location:LC-2
Library:Health Sciences Center Library
Audiences:Faculty, Graduate Students
Categories:Citation Management
Description:

Zotero is a free and open-source citation management tool that offers a way to manage citations and research in a simple and easy to use manner. It also assists with the writing process, providing a Microsoft Word plugin (for Mac-based Word, as well) that allows users to insert citations from Zotero into a document. Learn how to make a bibliography from your sources in just a couple of quick steps.  This is an introductory level class, and no prior knowledge of Zotero is needed. To register, email Virginia Desouky at

Virginia.Desouky@mail.wvu.edu or call  304-293-1921.

Title:A Primer in Data Visualization with Tableau
Date:Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Time:2:00pm - 3:15pm
Presenter:Jessica Vanderhoff
Library: John Chambers College of Business and Economics
Audiences:Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
Categories:Data
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

This workshop is designed to teach users new to Tableau how to prepare their data, navigate the Tableau Desktop interface, create basic visualization (i.e. bar chart, heat map, etc.), and combine visualizations into a dashboard. Recommended for faculty, graduate and upper-level undergraduate students interested in data visualization and storytelling. No prior Tableau experience needed.

Participants are strongly encouraged to download Tableau Desktop prior to the session. A free 14-day trial is available at: https://www.tableau.com/products/trialhttps://www.tableau.com/products/trial .

Location: To be announced in late September (Zoom or Downtown Campus Library). 

Title:Accessing Ebooks at WVU
Date:Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Time:2:00pm - 3:00pm
Presenter:Martin Dunlap
Categories:Research Skills
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

Learn how to access ebooks from our search box and databases.

Title:Tips and Tricks for Successful Open Access Publishing
Date:Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Time:3:00pm - 4:00pm
Presenter:Susan Arnold
Audiences:Alumni, Faculty, Graduate Students
Categories:Open Access, Scholarly Communication
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

This online workshop provides an overview of open access, identification of predatory journals, WVUL and free resources that can help faculty and students choose a journal in which to publish, and the WVUL Open Access Author Fund and institutional OA memberships.

Title:What Works Best for You: Web of Science, Google Scholar, Scopus
Date:Thursday, October 14, 2021
Time:3:15pm - 4:15pm
Presenter:Marian Armour-Gemmen
Library:Evansdale Campus Library
Audiences:Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
Categories:Finding Resources, Research Commons Workshop, Research Skills
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

Three tools allow you to get a landscape of a field of research?  By comparing these three tools, you can discover the advantages and disadvantages for using these bibliographic databases.

Title:Engineering Village Basics
Date:Monday, October 18, 2021
Time:2:00pm - 3:00pm
Presenter:Martin Dunlap
Location:Classroom -- 130
Library:Evansdale Campus Library
Audiences:Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
Categories:Research Skills
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

Learn the basic of the Engineering Village Database

Title:Searching Patents
Date:Monday, October 18, 2021
Time:6:00pm - 7:30pm
Presenter:Marian Armour-Gemmen
Library:Evansdale Campus Library
Audiences:Alumni, Faculty, Graduate Students, Public, Undergraduate Students
Categories:Intellectual Property, Research Commons Workshop
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

Do you have an invention?  Do you want to research older technologies?  Do you want to figure out how a new technology works?  Learn how searching patents using classification will assist you.

Title:Promoting and Measuring the Impact of your Research
Date:Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Time:12:00pm - 1:00pm
Presenter:Susan Arnold & Virginia Desouky
Audiences:Alumni, Faculty, Graduate Students
Categories:Publication Impact, Research Commons Workshop, Scholarly Communication
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

This online workshop will cover ways to establish a research ID profile, measure the impact of a specific researcher or a specific article, make informed publishing decisions, and use the WVU Research Repository.

Title:Accessing Ebooks
Date:Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Time:2:00pm - 3:00pm
Presenter:Martin Dunlap
Location:Classroom -- 130
Library:Evansdale Campus Library
Audiences:Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
Categories:Research Skills
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

Learn how to access ebooks from the search box and the WVU databases

Title:First Steps with Python for Data Analysis
Date:Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Time:3:30pm - 5:00pm
Location:Viewing Room -- Classroom 104
Library:Downtown Campus Library
Audiences:Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
Categories:Data, Research Commons Workshop, Statistical Software
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

This workshop will introduce participants to using Python for data analysis. No prior programming knowledge is required, just a basic understanding of computer files and folders. Participants will need to bring their own laptop with Python downloaded and installed. This workshop will be held at the Downtown Campus in the lower level room 104 on Wednesday, October 20th at 3:30pm.

Title:Finding Fulltext...Fast
Date:Thursday, October 21, 2021
Time:3:00pm - 4:00pm
Presenter:Beth Royall
Location:2nd floor -- 228/229
Library:Evansdale Campus Library
Audiences:Faculty, Graduate Students
Categories:Finding Resources, Research Commons Workshop, Research Skills
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

Have you ever found a great article online, but hit a paywall to access the full text?  This workshop introduces plug-ins and online tools that get you to the full-text…fast.  Bring your own laptop to Evansdale Library room 228/9.  Registration recommended.  Walk-ins accepted as space allows.

Title:Finding Images to Use Legally in Teaching: Open Access and Open Education Resources
Date:Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Time:1:00pm - 2:00pm
Presenter:Jessica Dai & Hilary Fredette
Library:Online
Audiences:Faculty, Graduate Students
Categories:Finding Resources, Open Access, Open Education Resources (OER), Research Commons Workshop, Teaching & Pedagogy
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

Geared for faculty and graduate teaching assistants, this workshop serves as a primer on finding openly licensed images for teaching. The session will guide understanding of the purpose and use of Creative Commons licenses, as well as differentiate between and understand how to choose appropriate licenses for educational products.

Title:Data Analysis and Visualization using Python
Date:Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Time:3:30pm - 5:00pm
Location:Viewing Room -- Classroom 104
Library:Downtown Campus Library
Audiences:Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
Categories:Data, Research Commons Workshop, Statistical Software
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

This workshop will introduce participants to Python tasks such as reading data, analyzing data, and plotting data. Participants are expected to have attended the First Steps with Python workshop or to have some basic knowledge of using Python. Participants will need to bring their own laptop with Python downloaded and installed. This workshop will be held at the Downtown Campus in the lower level room 104 on Wednesday, October 27th at 3:30pm.

Title:From Page to Database: Finding Scholarly Articles from Popular Sources
Date:Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Time:3:00pm - 4:30pm
Presenter:Martin Dunlap & Jeff Werst
Library:Online
Audiences:Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
Categories:Finding Resources, Literature Review, Research Skills
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

Do you want to be able to identify quality articles, and find scholarly sources from articles you might see in casual reading? This online workshop will help alleviate the stress of research by bolstering your skills in both of those fields. Be prepared for some interactive participation in evaluating articles!

Title:Search Strategy Design for Biomedical Systematic Reviews
Date:Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Time:3:00pm - 4:00pm
Presenter:Anna Crawford
Library:Online
Audiences:Faculty, Graduate Students
Categories:Research Commons Workshop, Research Skills, Systematic Review
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

Explore the basics of conducting a systematic literature review, including how to frame a research question, developing a search strategy and searching the biomedical literature databases.

Title:Preparing for a Poster Session
Date:Thursday, November 4, 2021
Time:3:00pm - 4:00pm
Presenter:Anna Crawford
Library:Health Sciences Center Library
Audiences:Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
Categories:Conference Preparation, Scholarly Communication
Registration:Registration is required for this event.
Description:

Learn how to develop a poster presentation, including best practices for design and engagement. Researchers of all levels are welcome.