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History Research Guide

The items listed below represent some of the best current sources for history. They contain numerous links to other websites which feature various aspects of the past.

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This extensive guide of history sources has been compiledfor the Iowa State University Libraryby History Subject Specialist, Ed Goedeken.

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Library Workshops @ Parks Library

Pre-registration is required for all our Library Workshops. Registration opens 60 days before event.

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Spring 2019 Workshops
Data Management Planning: An Introduction
This workshop took place on Jan 31.

How to Find and Use OER (Open Educational Resources)
This workshop took place on February 6.

Getting Started with LaTex
This workshop took place on February 7.

In Collaboration with Center for Communication Excellence
Conducting a Lit Review:
“A Citation Here, A Citation There. . .Pretty Soon You’ll Have a Lit Review”

This workshop took place on February 12.

Getting Started with Zotero
This workshop was held February 14.

README: The 5 W’s of Your Data
Tuesday, February 19, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Working with data that’s not well documented can leave you asking “what even is this?” or “what was I thinking?” This workshop will teach you how to take steps to prevent these situations by creating a README: a text document that explains how to open and use a other files. Documenting the Who, What, When, Where, and HoW of your data (5 W’s) isn’t high tech and no prior experience is needed.

In Collaboration with Center for Communication Excellence
Lit Review Without Tears: Tangible Strategies for Writing a Pain-Free Literature Review
February 19, 2019 3:30 – 5:30 PM  (Parks Library 198)
Many graduate students consider the literature review one of the most daunting part of the research article to write. If you're one of those students, join us for this workshop, where we'll discuss purposes of the lit review, overview qualities of a successful lit review, and provide easy-to-apply techniques to help you craft an effective argument in your lit review with as little stress as possible.

Open Access Publishing: Where do I Start?
Thursday, February 21, 3:10 - 4:30 p.m..
Start exploring your options for Open Access publishing today! This workshop will walk you through the process of identifying and evaluating a publisher, locating funding, and exploring other options for making your research open. Whether you want to publish your dissertation or share your research data, we'll get you started!

Getting Started with EndNote Web
Friday, March 8, 3:10 - 4:30 p.m.

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.

Copyright in the Classroom
Tuesday, April 2, 1:10 - 2:30 p.m.
“Have you ever wondered what “Fair Use” really means? In this workshop, representatives from the University Library and University Counsel will use real-life scenarios to help you navigate topics such as Fair Use, the TEACH Act, copyright support on campus, and more! The workshop will focus on topics that are relevant to instructors, but it will be useful for anyone with questions about copyright on campus.”

Escape from Spreadsheet Hell
Friday, April 3, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Have you ever felt like Excel is working against you instead of with you? This workshop will cover best practices for set-up and formatting, the differences between spreadsheet file types, and tips for avoiding common pit-falls in Excel and similar programs. There’s no escaping spreadsheets but you can escape spreadsheet hell!  TL;DR – we’ll teach you how to create spreadsheets optimized for reuse by you and others. Your future self will thank you.

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon: Digital Humanities in Practice
Wednesday, April 10, 1:10 - 2 p.m.

Digital Humanities has been one of the most ubiquitous phrases on university campuses for a number of years. This workshop will put a practical and pedagogical face to the phrase, by introducing the concept of a Wikipedia “Edit-a-Thon.” Attendees will learn how to turn Wikipedia editing (updating as well as creating entries) into a valuable teaching tool in the humanities.