Research Links: List of Databases, Course Reserves

Quick Search: Articles, newspapers, books and ebooks, videos and more. Results primarily available online but may also include books available in the library or articles that can be requested for email delivery from ILLiad.
Books: Print and online books available from UNLV Libraries or by ILLiad request.
Articles: Articles from academic journals, magazines and newspapers.

Library Information: Pages on library web site, for example research guides, library policies and procedures, hours and events.

Library Workshops

Note: Our workshop series is designed with graduate students and faculty in mind.  Undergraduates who are pursuing research in areas related to the workshop content are also welcome to attend.  Undergraduates who are not doing related research but instead are trying to earn extra credit by attending a workshop should consider other options.  For example, the Writing Center offers a range of useful workshops for students working in all disciplines.

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Managing Your Research Data

Description: Learn why managing your data is an important part of the research process, where to store your data (both during and after your research), the importance of documentation, how to complete a data management plan, what research data tools are available to you at UNLV, and more!

September 10, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Eureka Classroom (LLB 1st Floor)
Instructor: Matthew Murray & Patrick Griffis
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Finding Quantitative & Numerical Data

Description: This workshop will focus on techniques for finding numeric and spatial data from numerous sources including government, open-access, and UNLV Libraries’ licensed databases.

September 11, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Eureka Classroom (LLB 1st Floor)
Instructor: Patrick Griffis
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Active Learning: Engage Students Through Problem Solving, Reflection, and Learning Groups

Description: An opportunity for instructors and future instructors to share teaching ideas that create opportunities for students to engage new material, apply information, and better retain and transfer new information. We will explore practices such as problem solving, case studies, reflective writing, and structured learning groups.

September 27, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Pioche Classroom (LLB 1st Floor)
Instructor: Melissa Bowles-Terry
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Using Qualtrics for Survey Data Collection

Description: Qualtrics is a research survey suite that make it easier to create surveys, conduct research, collect and store data, and create reports. This workshop will focus on exploring the different functionalities within Qualtrics and best practices in setting up your research survey.

October 2, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Rhyolite Classroom (LLB 1st Floor)
Instructor: Hilla Sang
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Scholarly Identity: Using ORCID and other tools to promote and keep track of your scholarly identity

Description: Learn how (and why) to use social media in your academic life, which sites for academics are worth your time (academia.edu, ResearchGate, Google Scholar, LinkedIn, Twitter, and more), how to keep track of your publications, and how to assert your identity as an emerging scholar/professional.

This workshop will introduce students to researcher identifiers such as ORCID iDs, persistent identifiers and how to get them, and ways to measure impact (such as altmetrics).

October 3, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Eureka Classroom (LLB 1st Floor)
Instructor: Matthew Murray and A.L. Carson
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Identifying External Funding Workshop

Description: Learn about resources and strategies to locate grant and fellowship opportunities that can support your education and research.

October 9, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Eureka Classroom (LLB 1st Floor)
Instructor: Patrick Griffis
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Improve Your Instruction with Classroom Assessment Techniques

Description: Classroom assessment is a learner-centered, formative assessment practice that allows instructors to find out what students are learning in the classroom and how well they are understanding it. It engages students in their own learning and provides an opportunity for instructors to course correct as necessary!

October 11, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Eureka Classroom (LLB 1st Floor)
Instructor: Melissa Bowles-Terry
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Making Sense of the American Community Survey

Description: The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that generates estimates on social, economic, housing, and demographic topics.

October 15, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Eureka Classroom (LLB 1st Floor)
Instructor: Susie Skarl/Eric Coyle (Census-presenter)
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Cleaning Data with Excel and OpenRefine

Description: In this workshop, participants will learn about cleaning messy data with Excel and OpenRefine, a free, open-source application used for cleaning and transforming data. Participants will gain hand-on experience cleaning up some common messy-data problems.

October 16, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Rhyolite Classroom (LLB 1st Floor)
Instructors: Hilla Sang
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Data on a Deadline: Accessing Quick Census Reports & Interactive Maps

Description: Learn how to use a variety of data access tools available online at census.gov that can quickly provide a snapshot of your community.

October 17, 2:00 PM -3:30 PM
Eureka Classroom (LLB 1st Floor)
Instructors: Susie Skarl/Eric Coyle (Census-presenter)
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Quantitative Analysis Guide: Which Statistical Software to Use?

Description: Analyzing quantitative data can be intimidating, especially when you have to choose between different statistical software. Participants in this workshop will learn about SPSS and R to get clear understanding of which tool to use in various situations.

October 18, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Rhyolite Classroom (LLB 1st Floor)
Instructors: Hilla Sang
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Text analysis with Voyant

Description: Text Analysis is a growing method of research that uses algorithms to quickly search through a large corpus to generate word clouds, identify major themes, recognize relationships between words, and more. We will utilize Voyant, an open source software, to learn the basics of text analysis and how it can be used in research.

October 23, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Eureka Classroom (LLB 1st Floor)
Instructor: Chelsea Heinbach & Hilla Sang
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Running SPSS: The Basics

Description: Using SPSS can be daunting. This workshop shows how to create an SPSS file, populate the file with data, and create descriptive statistics and graphics.

October 24, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pioche Classroom (LLB 1st Floor)
Instructor: Michael Luesebrink
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Introduction to Tableau

Description: Tableau is an interactive data visualization software that makes it easy to create, analyze, and visualize your data. We will go through the software and make simple visualizations such as line graphs, bar charts, and maps.

October 25, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Eureka Classroom (LLB 1st Floor)
Instructor: James Cheng & Hilla Sang
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Strategies for Research in Archives and Special Collections

Description: 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.

October 25, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Special Collections Reading Room (LLB 3rd floor)
Instructor: Su Kim Chung &  Priscilla Finley
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Evaluating New Journals For Publication: What Authors Need To Know

Description: Provides practical advice and hands-on experience in evaluating unfamiliar and new journals. Attendees will leave the workshop with a better understanding of publishing terminology such as "open access," "article processing charges," and discuss the concept of "predatory publishers."

October 30, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Eureka Classroom (LLB 1st Floor)
Instructors: Andrea Wirth
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Visualizing Data

Description: So you have collected, cleaned, and analyzed your data... now what? Learn how to visualize your data using Excel, Google Sheets, and even create a short infographic with the free program Venngage.

November 6, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Eureka Classroom (LLB 1st Floor)
Instructors: Hilla Sang
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Storytelling with Maps

Description: Story maps are a powerful storytelling tool. In this workshop, participants will learn how to create beautiful story maps to show their data in an engaging, dynamic, and innovative way.

November 8, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Rhyolite Classroom (LLB 1st Floor)
Instructors: Hilla Sang
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ResearchGate, Authors' Rights, and You

Description: Questions about making your research articles available online on professional networking sites like ResearchGate or Academia.edu, university and disciplinary repositories, or your own website? Attendees will learn about: journal copyright transfer agreements; how to navigate journal policies for sharing articles online; and why authors may consider using multiple venues for sharing their articles.

November 14, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Pioche Classroom (LLB 1st Floor)
Instructor: Andrea Wirth
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Creating Your Professional Website

Description: This workshop will let participants create a professional portfolio online using Google Sites. Participants will learn Google Sites functionality as well as ways to incorporate LinkedIn, GitHub, ORCID, and other online professional platforms into their website.

November 14, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Rhyolite Classroom (LLB 1st Floor)
Instructor: Leah Howd
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