How do I locate unique historical materials related to my research area? How do I successfully submit an article through a peer-reviewed editorial process? How can I locate grant and fellowship opportunities to support my graduate education and research?
Answers to these questions and many other topics will be addressed through a series of research workshops taught by library faculty this fall.
Nancy Fawley, head, library liaison program, has lined up a series of workshop topics ranging from working with archival sources and oral histories to locating data sources and searching for grant and fellowship opportunities. “We wanted to support the University’s research mission by offering an array of workshops that address the varying needs of our faculty and students,” Fawley said.
The fall series of workshops is the Libraries’ response to requests for additional workshop topics beyond previously offered topics such as effective literature reviews and RefWorks.
“Oral History for Scholarly Research” will offer insight and guidance on the most important concept to grasp from the oral history methodology. Claytee White, the director of the Oral History Research Center at UNLV Libraries, will instruct this workshop from 10-11 a.m. on September 12, in the Special Collections Reading Room on the 3rd floor of Lied Library.
“Active listening is learned over time. This workshop is designed to begin that learning process. Whatever your oral history project, you must learn enough about the topic to ask good questions,” White said.
For students interested in finding grant and fellowship opportunities to support their graduate education and research, subject librarians Patrick Griffis and Sue Wainscott will offer resources and strategies at a “Locating Grants and Fellowships” workshop from 3-4 p.m. on September 17, in the Pioche Room on the 1st floor of Lied Library.
Su Kim Chung, head of special collections public services, and humanities librarian Priscilla Finley will explore the most efficient approaches to discover unique historical materials. Their workshop, “Strategies for Research in Archives & Special Collections,” will explore research scenarios that take participants into university special collections and archives from 3-4 p.m. on September 25, in the Special Collections Reading Room on the 3rd floor of Lied Library.
“If you are new to historical research, archives and special collections can be intimidating. We are going to demystify doing research in an archive in this workshop,” Chung said.
The full workshop line-up includes a number of other important research topics, including traditional literature review and citation workshops. New workshops will also be offered on critical reading and data and statistical sources in business, social sciences, education, health sciences, and STEM.
The workshop series wraps up in November with two workshops for researchers interested in locating publishing opportunities, submitting a manuscript for peer-review, and identifying predatory journals that masquerade as legitimate research journals.
The Libraries’ fall series of workshops is open to all UNLV students, faculty, and staff.
Register and learn more about each workshop online.