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Library Instruction Workshops

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Pre-registration is encouraged for all our Library Workshops in order to reserve a seat. 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.

Here's how to register:

  • Visit Learn@ISU 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.

Library Workshops @ Parks Library

Register for our Library Workshops through the Learn@ISU website. 
Registration is encouraged to reserve a seat and opens 60 days before event.
Walk-ins are welcome, but you are not guaranteed a seat.
All workshops are presented by our librarians.
Please let us know if you require any accommodation.


Spring 2020 Workshops.

Getting Started with LaTex and Overleaf

February 13, 12:30 - 2 p.m., 32 Parks Library
Instructor led by Eric Schares

This hands-on workshop uses the Overleaf editor to demonstrate the basics of LaTeX. LaTeX is a powerful typesetting language often used for writing theses, dissertations, peer-reviewed journal articles, and scientific documents.  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.

Using NVivo as a Research Tool

February 20, 2:10 - 3:30 p.m., 134 Parks Library
Led by - Dave Kolodny, Rep for NVivo Software

Are you a qualitative researcher? Does your research involve deep analysis? Working with text-based/multimedia information? The ISU Library has NVivo installed on all public computers; it can be a useful tool in any stage of the research process.  Using NVivo as a Research Tool webinars are offered and cover a variety of topics: transcription, literature review, coding, analyzing data, findings and publishing.

Copyright in the Classroom

February 27, 1:10 - 2:30 p.m., Memorial Union - Cardinal Room
Instructor led by Abbey Elder

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.

EndNote Web Basics

March 12, 3:10 - 4:30 p.m., 134 Parks Library
Instructor led by Jesse Garrison

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.

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Center for Communication Excellence/ Library - Literature Review Workshop Series

Literature Review Workshop Series

Part I: Conducting a lit review: A Citation Here, a Citation There. . .Pretty Soon You’ll Have a Lit Review  - Click link to register

February 27, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., 134 Parks Library

Instructor led by Jeffrey Kushkowski and Sarah Huffman

Searching for publications for a literature review is a frustrating experience for many graduate students. If you dread finding material for your lit review, join us for this workshop where you’ll learn about search strategies, how to find and search subject databases, and how to keep up with literature in your field. You’ll also be introduced to citation chains and how they can streamline your search for relevant publications.

Part II: Lit Review Without Tears: Tangible Strategies for Writing a Pain-Free Literature Review - Click link to register

March 5, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., 134 Parks Library

Instructor led by Sarah Huffman and Jeffrey Kushkowski

Many graduate students consider the literature review one of the most daunting parts of scholarly writing. 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.