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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.


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

Details on upcoming Spring 2018 Workshops.

Pre-registration is required for all our Library Workshops. Registration opens 60 days before event.
Register for our Library Workshops online through the Learn@ISU website. Please let us know if you require any accommodation.

Spring 2018 Workshops!

Publishing, Copyright and You:
Authors' Rights & Open Access for Early Career Researchers

As you prepare your research publications, it is also important to plan for the rights you want to have over your articles after they are published. This workshop will feature hands-on practice finding journal-specific information on authors' rights, open access information, strategies about copyright and publishing options, and steps you can take to retain ownership of your work.
Thursday, February 22, 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, a free reference manager and academic social network. Make your own fully searchable library in seconds, cite as you write, and read and annotate you PDFs on any device.
Thursday, March 1, 3-4:30 p.m.

Data Management Planning: An Introduction
Ever wondered what makes a good data management plan? Have questions about data sharing and open data? Interested in learning how other researchers manage data? Want to know what resources are available to help you write a data management plan? Then this workshop is for YOU.
Friday, March 2, 3-5 p.m.

Getting Started with EndNote Web
Lost the references you need for your research paper? Thesis and 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, March 8, 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 your research. This workshop will show you the basics so you can: Collect and organize articles and citations, sync data, add references to Word documents and reformat citations to meet any journal's style, share citations an 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, March 22, 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 house plant 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 checkout from Parks Library for continued exploration after the workshop.
Prior experience with coding is helpful but not required.  Desktop computers will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own laptop if you want to save and edit your work afterward.
Thursday, March 29, 3-4:30 p.m.

Hands on History: Using Primary Sources in the Classroom
Are you curious about using primary sources in your classroom? This hands-on workshop will demonstrate how you can incorporate primary source analysis and research into your classroom, whether you want to use historical documents available online or materials from Special Collections & University Archives at Iowa State University.  This is not just for history instructors, primary source literacy benefits students in all subject areas.
Friday, March 30, 3-4:30 p.m.

Shameless Self-Promotion:
an Introduction to Professional and Academic Networking

Start preparing for your career! This workshop will cover various tools and websites to help you build and manage your online presence. We'll cover the differences between and best uses for different networking sites (LinkedIn, Research Gate, and and how to make you and your work visible for peers and potential employers.
Thursday, April 5, 3-4:30 p.m.

Beyond the Text: Rare Books as Artifacts
Trace the transition from manuscript to print culture evidenced in early books and manuscript leaves from the library's rare books collection. Participants will learn to identify unique features of hand-press era books and have the opportunity to explore a book from the collection to discover its history.
Thursday, April 5, 3-4:30 p.m.

Getting Started with LaTeX
LaTeX is a powerful typesetting language often used for writing theses, dissertations, or peer-reviewed journal articles. Unlike a traditional word processor, files are written in a markup language and then run through LaTeX to apply the formatting. This allows authors to focus on their document's content, not its appearance.

Switch from single to double-column formatting by changing a toggle. Build your reference section automatically using the citation feature. Typeset beautiful mathematical equations.

This hands-on workshop uses the Overleaf editor to demonstrate the basics of LaTeX. Attendees will work through examples, experiment with common features and take away a list of additional resources that can be used after the workshop to explore further.
Thursday, April 12, 3-4:30 p.m.

Completed Spring 2018 Workshops

Introduction to Open Educational Resources: How to Find & Evaluate OER
This workshop was held on Friday, February 9.

Digital Humanities in Practice: The Wikipedia "Edit-a-Thon"
This workshohp was held on Thursday, February 15.

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

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