Essential Skills Graduate Workshop Series

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Graduate students!  Are you on campus during Spring Break?  Use the break in classes to gain essential skills for academic and professional success. The University of Chicago Library and IT Services are offering a series of workshops designed for graduate students March 24- 28. 

All programs will be held in Regenstein Library.  There is no fee for training, but space is limited and registration is required.   Sign up today!

All About EndNote
Thursday, March 27 from 11:00 – Noon in the TECHB@R, Regenstein 160Register Now
Learn about the popular desktop citation management software, EndNote. In this class, you will learn to how to use EndNote, including how to create and manage libraries, import references from online databases, and create formatted bibliographies and citations in Microsoft Word.

BrowZine
Thursday, March 27 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.  in the TECHB@R, Regenstein 160  – Register Now
Do you own an iPad or Android?  Then the BrowZine app might be a great tool for you!  BrowZine assists users by presenting open access and Library-subscribed journals on a common newsstand.  The result is an easy and familiar way to browse, read and monitor scholarly journals across the disciplines or to have a convenient list of favorite journals titles at your fingertips.  Join us in the workshop to learn how to install and use this app.

EndNote or Zotero?  Selecting the Best Citation Manager
Monday, March 24 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the TECHB@R, Regenstein 160Register Now
Citation managers are powerful, time-saving tools that help you manage your research. They can also help you format your papers in MS Word by creating bibliographies, citations, and footnotes automatically in the style you choose, such as APA or Chicago.  This workshop will compare how EndNote and Zotero – two popular citation managers – allow you to save, share, and cite information. In order to provide a side-by-side comparison of tools, the format of this workshop is demonstration rather than hands-on training.

Excel 2010: Skills for the Workplace
Friday, March 28 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in the TECHB@R, Regenstein 160 Register Now
Do you need to know the basics of Excel 2010 for an internship, job interview, or for a class? During this 90 minute demonstration session, you will learn the Excel 2010 basics plus tips to make your work in Excel more efficient. We’ll create a workbook that uses the autofill handle, conditional formatting, relative and absolute references, automatic formatting, and create a chart to represent data. Please feel free to bring your laptop with Excel 2010 installed to follow along. There will be a few laptops available to borrow if you do not have a laptop and would like to follow along.

Excel 2010: Tools to Organize Data
Friday, March 28 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the TECHB@R, Regenstein 160 Register Now
Do you need to organize and summarize data sets in Excel? This 90 minute session will demonstrate how to navigate data sets, create pivot tables, use conditional formatting, and take advantage of useful data ribbon features including goal seek and data validation. After this class you should have a full set of tools to use with your own data. Please note, this class is for people who are familiar with Excel 2010. Please feel free to bring your laptop with Excel 2010 installed to follow along. There maybe a few laptops available to borrow if you do not have a laptop and would like to follow along.

Following the Citation Trail
Monday, March 24 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the TECHB@R, Regenstein 160Register Now
Thursday, March 27 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the TECHB@R, Regenstein 160Register Now
This workshop will discuss methods for building your bibliography with special emphasis on citation linking: tracking resources that cite a specific article, book or essay.

Getting Started with STATA
Monday, March 24 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. in the TECHB@R, Regenstein 160Register Now
Tuesday, March 25 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in the TECHB@R, Regenstein 160Register Now
This 90-minute workshop will give you the tools to become a STATA pro. The workshop will start with an explanation of when to use STATA over other stats programs and a walk through the interface. Then, the bulk of the workshop time will be spent learning basic commands and processes. A “do file” will be provided for easy access to the commands as well as a handout for keeping track of all of them. The last part of the workshop will bring it all together, moving beyond the basics, blending the commands to create regressions and graphics. Be prepared for a fast paced class, some familiarity with Statistics or programming is helpful, but not necessary. (Also, if you want to attend, but do not have STATA on your computer, take a look at commander.uchicago.edu. If you need help setting it up, come to the Techbar at least 15 min. early and the staff can help.) 

I Want My NYT! Full-Text News Databases
Friday, March 28 from 10:00-10:30 a.m. in the TECHB@R, Regenstein 160Register Now
Did you know that you can access current newspapers online through the Library’s subscriptions? In this program, you’ll learn about Library databases like ProQuest Newsstand, LexisNexis, Factiva, and Eureka that provide access to hundreds of U.S. and international newspapers.

Introduction to EndNote (Online Version)
Wednesday, March 26 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the TECHB@R, Regenstein 160Register Now
EndNote offers an online version of its popular citation manager that is available to the University of Chicago community through the Library.  The online version offers the key features of the popular EndNote software, but with added enhancements of cloud storage, syncing, and the ability to easily share and collaborate.  Come to this workshop and see if EndNote’s online version it works for you.

Introduction to Using Special Collections
Tuesday, March 25 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Special Collections Research Center, Regenstein Library – Register Now
Learn about the rare book and archival collections housed in the library and how to incorporate these materials in your research and teaching. This session will cover the fundamentals of requesting and using rare and archival materials as well as hands-on time with the collections and a special focus on innovative strategies to enhance teaching.  

Introduction to Zotero
Tuesday, March 25 from 11:30-12:30 p.m in the TECHB@R, Regenstein 160Register Now
Zotero is a free citation manager that allows you to save citation information while searching and browsing the Web. With a single click, Zotero saves citations and enables you to create customized bibliographies in standard citation styles, including MLA, Chicago and APA. This hands-on workshop will introduce some of the key functions of Zotero such as: installing Zotero, adding citations to your Zotero library, organizing and managing your citations, creating a bibliography, and using the Microsoft Word plug-in to easily insert citations from Zotero into your documents.

Search Alerts and RSS
Wednesday, March 26 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the TECHB@R, Regenstein 160  - Register Now
How do you stay current in your field? Do you review the latest issues of core journals? Do you regularly visit society and association websites? Do you search databases for the latest information on your area of research? Do you follow key authors in your field? Would it be helpful if all of this information came to you, instead of you finding it? With alerts and RSS feeds, you can automate various modes of information gathering and save valuable time.

Using the UChicago Wiki
Tuesday, March 25 from 10:00 -11:00 a.m. in the TECHB@R, Regenstein 160 – Register Now
What are Wikis and how do you use them effectively? This 60 minute workshop will introduce you to the UChicago Wiki as a tool for collaboration. By the end of the workshop you will be able to create and customize wiki spaces, add and edit pages, and invite other users to work together.Please bring your laptop with internet access for some hands-on experience. Free laptop lending for students, staff and faculty is available (on a first come, first served basis) at the TECHB@R.

 

There is no fee for training, but space is limited and registration is required.   All programs will be held in Regenstein Library. 

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact Rebecca Starkey at rstarkey@uchicago.edu or 773-702-4484.

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