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UNLV Research Week 2017

The UNLV University Libraries have planned a series of demonstrations, workshops, presentations, an unconference, an open house, and a research image contest to celebrate the contributions of UNLV researchers during Research Week October 9 – 13.

UNLV’s Research Week is an annual university-wide event sponsored by the Division of Research and Economic Development. The event celebrates research, scholarly, and creative activities of faculty and students by sponsoring events to educate, engage, and inspire attendees.

For more information about events on campus, visit the Research Week website at

Image of Research Competition

Open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, and community members, the competition invites researchers from all levels and any discipline to submit an inspiring image that reflects their research or research process along with a 50- to 100-word description of the image.

Submissions will be judged on three criteria – connection between image, text, and research; originality, and visual impact. Images and descriptions will be evaluated by a multidisciplinary panel of judges; winners in each of the three categories will receive a $100 cash prize. Winners will be announced at the Library’s Research Week Open House.

Entries are due by Midnight on Thursday, Sept. 28. For complete information on requirement for the images and descriptions and for a link to the submission site, visit

Monday, Oct. 9

Demonstration: Historical Primary Sources with Adam Matthew Databases
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Tiberti Boardroom, Lied Library

This demonstration, presented by Priscilla Finley, Humanities Librarian, and Ben Lacey, Academic Outreach Specialist for Adam Matthew Digital Publications, will explore a number of Adam Matthew-branded databases including Victorian Popular Culture, American Indian Histories and Culture, American West, Literary Manuscripts, and Migration to New Worlds Part 1 & 2. Participants will have an opportunity to learn more about data mining or creating data visualizations using Adam Matthew collections, and attendees will see a sneak preview of the upcoming Handwriting Search Tool for searching in untranscribed digitized manuscripts. This session is aimed at undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and administrative staff. Light refreshments will be available.

Workshop: Evaluating New Journals for Publication: What Authors Need to Know 
2:30-4 p.m.
Pioche Room, Lied Library

Presented by Andrea Wirth, Scholarly Communication Librarian, this workshop will provide practical advice and hands-on experience in evaluating unfamiliar and new scholarly journals. With so many new journals being produced, and many of them sending unsolicited invitations to publish, it can be difficult for authors to identify legitimate venues for publication of their research articles. Attendees will learn about strategies and resources to evaluate publications and will develop a better understanding of publishing terminology such as open access, and article processing charges. The workshop will also discuss the concept of predatory publishers. This workshop is aimed at UNLV graduate students, faculty, and anyone preparing to publish in a scholarly journal. RSVP online at

Tuesday, Oct. 10

Workshop: Crafting Your Poster Presentation: Part 2
10-11:30 a.m.
Amargosa Room, Lied Library

In collaboration with the UNLV Writing Center, the University Libraries is offering a two-part workshop on Crafting Your Poster Presentation. In this session, participants will practice presenting drafts of their own posters in a low-stakes environment and will be able to present using the large-screen monitors, and get feedback before paying to print the final version. Registration is limited to 25 participants. Register online at

NOTE: Attend part 1 of this series on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Amargosa Room, located on the first floor of Lied Library.

Workshop: Effective Survey Design from Planning to Implementation
1-2:30 p.m.
Amargosa Room, Lied Library

Presented by Starr Hoffman, Director of Planning and Assessment, and Bridget Kelly, Project Coordinator for the Cannon Survey Center, this workshop will provide an overview of survey planning, design, and implementation. Attendees will learn how to select an appropriate research method and consider the benefits of selecting an existing survey instrument versus designing an original survey. The session will include guidance on constructing effective survey questions (considering question types, phrasing, order, and answer scales). The presenters will briefly cover the logistics of survey administration and basic survey analysis. This workshop is aimed at graduate students, faculty, and administrative staff. Light refreshments will be provided. Register online at

Workshop: Identifying External Funding
2-3:30 p.m.
Rhyolite Room, Lied Library

In collaboration with the UNLV Office of Sponsored Programs, and presented by Patrick Griffis, Business Librarian, and Carol Brodie, Proposal Development Manager for the Office of Sponsored Programs, this workshop will provide an overview of resources and strategies to locate grant and fellowship opportunities that can support education and research activities. Attendees will learn how to find calls for proposals for external funding opportunities as well as best practices for putting together proposals. This workshop is aimed at graduate students, faculty, and administrative staff. Light refreshments will be provided. Register online at

Wednesday, Oct. 11

Workshop: Accelerate your Research with SciFinder
10:30 a.m.-Noon
Amargosa Room, Lied Library

Presented by Feroze Ali, Applications Specialist with Chemical Abstracts Service, the workshop will offer a demonstration of the SciFinder database for intermediate to advanced level users. Attendees will learn new skills to help gain confidence and to make better, more informed research queries. They will learn how to search SciFinder by topic, using keywords in journals, conferences, dissertations, and more; substance identifiers to search for preparation, regulatory, supplier, and property information; and structure, to find similar substances. This workshop is aimed at graduate students, faculty and administrative staff interested in learning more about how to search the chemical literature. RSVP at

NOTE: A beginner’s level workshop on SciFinder, taught by Michael Luesebrink, Sciences Librarian, will be offered on Friday, Sept. 29, from 2-3:15 p.m. in the Rhyolite Room in Lied Library. RSVP for the event at

Workshop: Bibliometrics and Altmerics: Metrics for Impact and Publishing
1 – 2 p.m.
Eureka Room, Lied Library

John Novak, Head of Scholarly Communications Initiatives, and Cory Tucker, Head of Continuing Resources & Collections, will offer an introductory workshop on bibliometrics and altmetrics, outlining a variety of measurements including journal impact factors, author level impact, and article level impact. This session will cover specific measurements such as the Journal Citation Report, Eigenfactor, Hirsch Index, SJR, and The session will include a review of University Libraries resources available that provide bibliometric and altmetric information. Using case studies and examples, attendees will see how altmetrics and bibliometrics can demonstrate the reach and impact of scholarship, as well as determine top journals in a specific discipline. This workshop is for graduate students, faculty, and administrative staff. RSVP online at

Lecture: Esports Research: Boundaries and Opportunities
2 p.m.
Special Collections and Archives Reading Room, Lied Library

David G. Schwartz, Director of the Center for Gaming Research, will explore the ways that researchers around the world are studying esports, and video games played professionally, and suggest ways that libraries can build collections to facilitate such work. The talk is open to the university and general community.

Open House
4-6 p.m.
Goldfield Room, Lied Library

Maggie Farrell, Dean of the University Libraries, will host the University Libraries Research Week Open House for UNLV administrators, faculty, and graduate students. A wide variety of University Libraries divisions and departments will showcase their contributions to research at UNLV. Light refreshments will be offered. RSVP at

Thursday, Oct. 12

Workshop: Activating the Archives
2-5 p.m.
Amargosa Room, Lied Library

Coordinated by Heidi Johnson, Social Sciences Liaison Librarian, Tammi Kim, Special Collections Technical Services Librarian, and Rosan Mitola, Outreach Librarian, this workshop will introduce students to primary source research and provide an opportunity for them to creatively engage with archival materials related to social activism in Las Vegas and southern Nevada from the University Libraries Special Collections and Archives. Working with reproductions of historical materials, workshop participants will have the opportunity to create buttons, zines, collages, and other creative projects. This workshop is for students who wish to learn more about Special Collections and Archives and how to use materials in non-traditional ways beyond papers and presentations. Refreshments will be provided.

Friday, Oct. 13

Research Data Management unConference
11 a.m – 2 p.m.
Goldfield Room, Lied Library

Co-facilitated by A.L. Carson and Matthew Murray, Visiting Library Fellows, this unConference will offer an opportunity for faculty to hear from campus partners, engage in discussions on topics related to their data needs, eat lunch, and learn more about Research Data Management at UNLV. An unConference is a participant-oriented event where attendees choose the topics and structure the interactions, emphasizing conversations over presentations. This event features lunch, lightning talks from invited UNLV speakers, knowledge-sharing, and a wrap-up session. After voting on the topics for discussion, attendees will have the chance to move between conversations in an environment intended to foster networking and connection building, ending with a group follow-up and feedback session. The unConference is for faculty of all disciplines interested in learning more about research data management practices and resources. Registration is required for both lunch and to indicate interests and questions related to this topic at

Research Workshop
Clark High School

The University Libraries will host a research workshop for Clark High School AP Seminar students, on how to analyze and evaluate information in order to produce evidence based arguments. Approximately 120 students will participate in the workshop and gain valuable research skills while gathering resources for their assignment. Amanda Melilli, Head of the Teacher Development & Resources Library, and Samantha Godbey, Education Librarian, are collaborating with Ashley Nebe, CCSD teacher and COE Second Year Seminar instructor, to provide students with the opportunity to interact with University Libraries librarians and collections. This event is not open to the public.