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Tutorials & Workshops

Guide to database tutorials, workshops, and training sessions - live and recorded.


This guide is intended to help researchers locate tutorials or workshops on a specific database or interface - basic and advanced. Links are provided to each database as well as links to training sessions, tutorials and/or live workshop opportunities.

If you need additional assistance - please contact us! Use our Ask Us! service or Find Your Subject Librarian to contact a specific librarian.


Library Workshops @ Parks Library

Check here for details on upcoming Fall 2017 Workshops.

Pre-registration is required for all our Library Workshops. Register for our Library Workshops online through the Learn@ISU website. Please let us  know if you require any accommodation.

Here's how to register:

  • Visit the Learn@ISU site and login with your ISU Net-ID and password (see "User Name" and "Password" area in upper right corner)
  • Locate the Keyword search box (see upper left corner).  Type in:  LIB  and then click the Search button
  • Find Library Workshops on the list, then find your workshop.  Note current Workshops have a List Events link - click the link for your workshop.
  • Click Enroll - a pop-up window gives workshop info and a Register button - click that button to register for the Workshop.  You're done!

You will receive an email with the subject: Enrollment Confirmation.  You may also receive periodic reminders that you have registered for the Workshop.

Fall 2017 Workshops - Coming Soon!

Grad Students: Everything you need to know about the Library...but were afraid to ask!
Learn how to find dissertations, influential research articles and important journals in your subject area!  Find out who is your subject librarian, and learn about Library services that can help facilitate your research and writing!
Thursday, Sept. 7, 3-4:30 p.m.

Getting Started with Zotero
Zotero is  a great free tool for managing citations and documents, ideal for tracking sources used in you research. This workshop will show you the basics so you can:

  • Collect and organized articles and citations - add notes and personalized tags
  • Sync data - add references even when away from your own computer
  • Add references to Word documents and reformat citations to meet any journal's style
  • Share citations and documents through a Group Library

Join us to get started with Zotero! You are welcome to bring your laptop to jump right in or use an ISU computer for some hands-on experience.
Thursday, Sept. 28, 3-4:30 p.m.

Getting Started with Mendeley
Wish you could...

  • extract details from academic papers into a database?
  • filter your library by authors, journals or key words?
  • share and synchronize your library with selected colleagues?

This workshop for beginners introduces Mendeley.  Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network.  Make your own fully searchable library in seconds, cite as you write, and read and annotate your PDFs on any device.
Thursday, Oct. 5, 3-4:30 p.m.

Getting Started with EndNote Web
Lost the references you need for your research paper? Thesis & dissertation citations becoming unmanageable?  This workshop for beginners introduces EndNote Web, a free bibliographic management program that helps you collect, organize, format, and use your collected citations in your writing projects.  Learn how to get started with EndNote Web!
Thursday, Oct. 19, 3-4:30 p.m.

Getting Started with Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Makey Makey‚Äč
Want to build a banana piano or a temperature sensor alarm? Maybe you want a houseplant to Tweet when it needs watering or you're just interested in learning more about electronics and how they work?

This workshop will introduce the basics, pros, and cons of Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Makey Makey, three microcontrollers which allow interactions between computers and the physical world. Participants will get hands-on time to build simple example circuits, and all types of kits are available for check out from Parks Library for continued exploration after the workshop.
Thursday, Nov. 2, 3-4:30 p.m.

Watch for mailings, flyers, and e-Library news!
Contact Jody Kalvik with registration questions.


Videos from Past Library Seminars

The Library at Iowa State University offers a variety of seminars and workshops for the ISU community each fall and spring semester. Topics include: Copyright & Fair Use, Open Source Software: Its Impact on Higher Education, What WorldCat Can Do For You, Niche Social Network Sites, Zotero, Endnote, Endnote Web, Cited Reference Searching, Getting Your Grant, Social Networking & Facebook. Video episodes from Spring 2008 & 2009 are viewable at: