Libraries Workshops



Spring 2021 Workshop Series

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Citation Manager Showdown: Comparing Mendeley, RefWorks, and Zotero

When you just need an APA or MLA style citation for a few articles, you can grab one from the library website or zbib.org. But for larger projects, when you want to collect and organize PDFs and automatically make formatted bibliographies, citation management software might save you some work. Come to this workshop to find out whether RefWorks, Zotero, or Mendeley is the best fit for your needs. Librarian experts in each program will demonstrate strengths and weaknesses and answer your questions.

Wednesday, February 3, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Instructors: Priscilla Finley, Rachelle Weigel, and Sue Wainscott
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Mendeley 101: Citation Management

Have you found so many articles, books, reports, and other information resources that it is a challenge to find and use them all in your own writing? This workshop will help you create a personal library of information that will enable you to organize, annotate, and cite those items more efficiently.

Thursday, February 4, 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Instructor: Sue Wainscott
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Responding to Reviewer Comments

This workshop will focus on the academic peer-review process with an emphasis on responding to reviewers' comments and developing revision strategies based on reviewer comments. Participants will be able to identify the roles of each stakeholder in the academic peer-review process, and apply strategies for interpreting and responding to reviewer critiques and suggestions.

Friday, February 5, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Instructors: Mark Lenker & Dave Beasley
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Introduction to Open Access Publishing

This workshop will introduce open access article publishing, and will cover paid and free options and what choosing one or the other means for authors. Learn tips for finding open access journals and how to make articles published in traditional subscription-based journals open access for free.

Thursday, February 11, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Instructor: Andrea Wirth
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Organize Your Writing Project With Zotero

Learn how you can use Zotero, a free, easy-to-use tool, to organize your notes, keep track of your research sources, and format citations. This workshop will help you learn how to create a Zotero library and integrate Zotero into your writing workflow.

Thursday, February 11, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Priscilla Finley
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Leave ‘Em Wanting More: Creating Engaging Presentations!

Join us for this workshop to learn audience engagement strategies and best practices for creating dynamic presentations. These tips will help you with both online and in-person presentations!

Friday, February 12, 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Instructor: Mayra Corn
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Starting From Square One: Understanding Scholarly Publishing and Your Role as a Researcher

This workshop is ideal for graduate students who are interested in publishing scholarly work, but aren't quite sure how to get started. We will discuss the key steps of the scholarly publication process. Participants will be able to assess your own unique interests, strengths, and opportunities for growth as researchers.

Friday, February 19, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Instructors: Chelsea Heinbach & Mark Lenker
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Research Data Series: Creating and Managing Reproducible Research

In this hands-on workshop, learn the recommended practices for organizing and documenting your data in order to create and manage reproducible research.

Monday, February 22, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Instructors: Christina Miskey & Rebecca Orozco
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Adobe Creative Cloud & Apps Best Practices

This one-hour workshop will provide training, best practices, and examples for how to utilize Adobe Creative Cloud and the free downloadable apps to help develop ideas in the creative/information gathering process.

Monday, February 22, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Instructors: Richard Saladino
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Research Data Series: Introducing Humanities Data Curation

In this workshop you will be introduced to Humanities data curation, which are practices that support “organization and integration of data collected from various sources” in Humanities research. Data curation will help you think more critically when working with data, improving your research process, helping others understand data driven claims, and promote the potential for data reuse down the line.

Tuesday, March 2, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Instructor: Thomas Padilla
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Strategies for Research in Special Collections and Archives

This workshop is for anyone planning to use unique materials in library special collections and archives either at UNLV or at another library, archive, or museum. Participants will learn to locate where collections are held, use collection descriptions and finding aids to discover relevant material, and share tips on collecting and organizing the historical gems they uncover.

Thursday, March 4, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Instructors: Su Kim Chung & Priscilla Finley
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3D Printing Basics for the Confused Novice

Ever wanted to learn more about 3D printing, but don’t know where to start? Join us for this workshop to learn how 3D Printers work, how to find files, and how to prep them for printing.

Tuesday, March 9, 11:00 a.m.-Noon
Instructor: Mayra Corn
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LinkedIn for Networking & Professional Branding

You might already have an Insta and a finsta, TikTok, Twitter, and Snapchat, but now you are nearing the end of your degree and wondering how to market yourself and your professional skills on a national and international scale. In this workshop, we will focus on how best to set up your LinkedIn profile, grow your network, and be active in order to get noticed. Whether you're an undergraduate students or a postdoctoral fellow, this workshop will help you learn to be strategic to make LinkedIn work for your professional image.

Tuesday, March 9, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Instructors: Kathryn Houk & Christina Miskey
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Publishing Drop-In Session: Ask Anything About Open Access

The Scholarly Communication Initiatives department invites UNLV researchers to ask us their questions about open access publishing. The sessions will be structured with a brief introduction to the topic at the beginning and on the half-hour, and will move on to participant questions in the order received. Participants may join (and leave) at any time during the hour. A short introduction will kick off the session.

Thursday, March 11, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Instructors: Christina Miskey & Andrea Wirth
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Mendeley Advanced: Collaboration and Annotation

Have a research team that needs to share literature search results, or collaboratively annotate PDF copies of published materials? Then Mendeley.com may be the tool for your team. After attending this workshop, you will be able to set up a collaborative group to share Mendeley.com collections and attached files, and use Mendeley tools to annotate entries and attached PDF files.

Thursday, March 11, 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Instructor: Sue Wainscott
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Research Project Prowess: Impact Your Audience with Out Of The Box Presentation Styles

This workshop will give participants lesser utilized options to showcase research projects. The discussion will include elements of a great poster, how to create a Pecha Kucha that has pizzaz, tips for combating death by Powerpoint, and tips for scaffolding these presentation types into your research agenda!

Friday, March 12, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Instructors: Brittani Sterling
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TinkerCAD Tutorial: A Pre-primer to Using CAD Software for 3D Printing

This rudimentary tutorial will assist participants with becoming familiar with the basic controls and navigation to operate CAD software for 3D printing. Participants will create a small, customizable project. After the workshop, you will be able to practice physically navigating a CAD plane, and create your own STL files from scratch using pre-generated shapes.

Tuesday, March 16, 11:00 a.m.-Noon
Instructor: Mayra Corn
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Research Data Series: Data Wrangling With OpenRefine

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the basics of OpenRefine, a popular tool used for wrangling tabular data (aka spreadsheets) and cleanup. We will cover the essentials of data cleanup, why it is important, and review features unique to this tool. Please have OpenRefine installed on your device prior to the workshop. If you have any questions or difficulties with installation, contact the Data Librarian at halle.burns@unlv.edu.

Tuesday, March 23, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Instructors: Halle Burns & Thomas Padilla
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Discover Historical Census Publications

Interested in dipping a toe in the data collected by the United States decennial census from 1790-1990? This workshop will show you ways to navigate the publications of the Census Bureau and introduce Social Explorer, a database that lets you create custom tables and maps with this data.

Thursday, March 25, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Instructors: Priscilla Finley & Susie Skarl
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Identifying External Grant Funding Opportunities

Learn about resources and strategies to locate grant and fellowship opportunities that can support your research and other scholarly activities. Attendees will be able to identify and use tools available at UNLV for locating funding, follow procedures for submitting a grant funding proposal, and use ORCID as part of their grant proposal workflow

Friday, March 26, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Instructors: Patrick Griffis, Christina Miskey & Althea Sheets
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Publishing Drop-In session: Ask Anything About Digital Scholarship@UNLV & the UNLV Bibliography

The Scholarly Communication Initiatives department invites UNLV researchers to ask us their questions about Digital Scholarship@UNLV. The session will be structured with a brief introduction to the topic at the beginning and on the half-hour, and will move on to participant questions in the order received. Participants may join (and leave) at any time during the hour. An introduction will kick off the event.

Thursday, April 8, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Instructors: Christina Miskey & Andrea Wirth
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Health Info For You & Your Family

Do you know what they say about Googling health symptoms? That it always leads to a cancer diagnosis. In this workshop, you'll learn about online sources that get you the health information you're interested in, without making you fear for your life. No need to have taken beyond your required science class; this workshop is for anyone who has ever had a health-related question.

Monday, April 12, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Kathryn Houk
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Finding Local Data

This workshop will focus on techniques for finding local data from numerous sources including government, open-access, and UNLV Libraries’ licensed databases. Participants will identify different text analysis methods (i.e. close and distant reading, networks, and frequencies), utilize the different tools provided by Voyant to analyze sample text, and brainstorm ways text analysis can be used in your own research projects.

Friday, April 16, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Instructors: Susie Skarl & Patrick Griffis
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Mendeley 101: Citation Management

Learn how to use Mendeley.com to collect and organize information about the literature you are reading for your research projects, create formatted in-text citations and bibliographies, and switch citation styles with ease. Mendeley is a citation management software tool that helps you organize the information that you use in your own writing, generate draft citations and references lists or bibliographies, and has many other useful features for academic researchers and writers. 

Wednesday, April 21, 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Instructor: Sue Wainscott
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Interviewing For The New Professional

Join us for this workshop that will highlight audience engagement strategies and best practices for creating dynamic presentation both in online and in-person formats. Participants will be presented with common interview questions and scenarios, and learn strategies to respond, will learn personal presentation factors for in person and online interviewing, and will learn best practices to engage interviewers.

Friday, April 23, 11:00 a.m.-Noon
Instructor: Mayra Corn
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Mendeley Advanced: Collaboration and Annotation

Have a research team that needs to share literature search results, or collaboratively annotate PDF copies of published materials? Then Mendeley.com may be the tool for your team. After attending this workshop, you will be able to set up a collaborative group to share Mendeley.com collections and attached files, and use Mendeley tools to annotate entries and attached PDF files.

Monday, April 26, 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Instructor: Sue Wainscott
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Publishing Drop-In Session: Ask Anything About Publishing An Open Access Journal In Digital Scholarship@UNLV

The Scholarly Communication Initiatives department invites UNLV researchers to ask us their questions about open access journal hosting using Digital Scholarship@UNLV. The sessions will be structured with a brief introduction to the topic at the beginning and on the half-hour, and will move on to participant questions in the order received. Participants may join (and leave) at any time during the hour. A short introduction will kick off the session.

Thursday, April 29, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Instructor: Andrea Wirth
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