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Workshops

University Libraries offers a variety of free workshops to support research and teaching at the university. Choose a workshop title to learn more and register.

Classroom and Teaching Tools

You'll feel more comfortable in the classroom when you understand how copyright applies to course materials. Come explore how to use freely available, licensed, and copyrighted materials in instruction and on Blackboard. We’ll discuss the practical applications of fair use and other exceptions and limitations. Finally, we’ll examine how the library can assist you with posting materials for your class.

Presenter: Amie Freeman

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Learn how OER can save your students money and boost student success! Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching tools that can be customized by faculty and freely accessed by students. This webinar will provide an overview of OER and other affordable course materials. Participants will learn to locate and evaluate OER and to interpret re-use permissions. In addition, attendees will discover techniques and resources for modifying and creating open course content.

Presenter: Amie Freeman

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Learn about Open Pedagogy’s foundational values of “autonomy and interdependence; freedom and responsibility; democracy and participation”  and how they can transform students from consumers to creators of knowledge. In this workshop, we’ll provide practical examples and demonstrate how this can be accomplished with Create Digital and Tru Writer, a simple multi-user web publishing platform.

Presenter: Amie Freeman

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Search Skills and Tools

Learn search techniques and strategies for making the most of UofSC Libraries databases and Google Scholar. Tips for selecting databases based on a given topic, article access, and setting up Google Scholar library links will be covered.

Presenters: Marilee Birchfield, Karen Brown

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Learn how to get the most out of Find It @ UofSC to locate articles, e-books, streaming films accessible to you and request print materials to be held for pick-up or mailed to your home.

Presenters: Marilee Birchfield, Karen Brown

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Research Support Workshops

Technology has allowed for scholarship to be created and shared in new and exciting ways. In this workshop, you’ll learn to create plans for digital projects, identify content management systems and web hosting for your scholarship, and will discover tools that can help bring your research to life on the web. Each workshop offering will provide a distinct focus on a specific tool.

Presenter: Amie Freeman

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Is a Data Management Plan required to obtain funding for your research? Would you like to plan for the management of your research data to make life easier down the road? Learn about Data Management Plans and DMPTool, an online wizard for creating DMPs that meet specific funder requirements.

Presenter: Stacy Winchester

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Did you know that when you publish in traditional journals, you are often required to transfer your copyright to the publisher? The publisher then decides how you may share your research with colleagues, students, and others. Join us to learn how to manage your works by scrutinizing publication agreements, negotiating your rights to make your research more widely available, and finding publishers with unrestrictive copyright policies.

Presenter: Amie Freeman

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Good data management practices can help ensure that your research data are findable, accessible, and re-usable long-term. In this session, learn useful tips to help you manage your data. Topics include best practices for file management, documentation, storage, preservation, and more.

Presenter: Stacy Winchester

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Open Science Framework is a free online research collaboration platform and data archive, and it is NOT just for science. OSF integrates with researchers’ existing workflows and, if desired, makes sharing research results easy. In this session, participants will learn how to build a project and share files with collaborators.

Presenter: Stacy Winchester

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OpenRefine is a free tool for cleaning and transforming messy tabular data. In this workshop, participants will learn about OpenRefine and get hands-on experience with basic data cleaning.

Presenter: Stacy Winchester

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Open access to research allows scholarly literature to be freely shared few restrictions. In this session, we’ll discuss the basics of open access publishing, advantages of making your work openly available, and ways that you can publish open access. We’ll also discuss advances in online publishing that have led to the rise of predatory publishers who abuse the open access publishing model for financial gain. You’ll learn to identify and avoid predatory publishers while increasing the visibility of your work in this session.

Presenter: Amie Freeman

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Discover ways to develop an effective scholarly presence and to promote your research for maximum visibility and impact using ResearchGate, Google Scholar, and other tools. We’ll discuss pre-publication considerations, practice techniques for promoting your work, and explore how to monitor your research impact.

Presenter: Amie Freeman

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ICPSR, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, is one of the world's largest social science data archives. During this session, learn how to create an account, search for data, and download datasets.

Presenter: Stacy WInchester

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This virtual workshop will introduce users to the basics of using Tableau, a powerful data visualization tool. It will cover importing data, how to navigate the Tableau interface, and the basics of creating and saving a simple visualization. Students can get a free one-year license.

Presenter: Kristina Schwoebel

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Citation Management Tools

See how a citation manager can change your research life by organizing references and doing the hard work when it comes to citing sources and creating a bibliography. Discover library support for learning EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero.

Presenter: Marilee Birchfield

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This workshop is for individuals who have purchased a subscription to EndNote. You will learn how to import resources from PubMed and other databases, locate full-text articles, organize your references, and create bibliographies using the Cite While You Write tool. 

Bring your laptop with EndNote and your questions.

Presenters: Amy Edwards, Kristina Schwoebel

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Organize your research with Zotero and you’ll never have to track down a missing source again! Zotero lets you save and edit citation information, save files and create bibliographies right from your browser. It even works with Word to incorporate citations into the text of your paper. Learn the basics of this free tool including setting up a library, collecting citations and citing as you go in Word.

For an online introduction, view these short video tutorials to get started.

Get more in-depth help by booking a virtual consultation for a small group or on your own.


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