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Graduate Student Essentials Speaker Series Begins Tuesday

August 29, 2019

The College of Graduate Studies is holding a five-week series seminar, Graduate Student Essentials, on Tuesdays starting Sept. 3 to educate graduate students and others on subjects including resources available at the U of I Library for research, Microsoft tricks and trips, citation management and other issues. All workshops will be 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Library Room 120, Moscow.

Advance registration is requested.

Topics include:

Sept. 3 – Research Refresher

Do you have questions about getting started on research or how to access resources from the library? Join a session to re-introduce everything the Library has to offer to graduate students.

Sept. 10 – Tips and Tricks for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Are you a graduate student who wants to become a Microsoft power user? Join the Library to learn about some of the hidden tricks and time-saving tips available to you in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Sept. 17 – Scholarly Presence

Do terms like ORCID iD, author profile, metrics and altmetrics, and professional social media have you scratching your head? These concepts are all important aspects of a scholarly presence. At this workshop, researchers will have the opportunity to learn more about creating and managing a scholarly presence and the ways to create greater visibility for their work.

Sept. 24 – Citation Management

Writing a research paper or thesis? Drowning in citations? Zotero is a citation manager that can save citations online, insert them into Word or Google docs, format them into a number of citation styles, then create a bibliography automatically. It will also save PDFs and notes, and allows for organization by folders and tags--plus find anything using full text search! This workshop will cover the basics of Zotero for graduate students as well as introduce other citation management options.

Oct. 1 - Organizing Research and Data Management

Data management – either by choice or by requirement – is an increasingly common aspect of research. In this workshop, we will discuss file organization strategies, the benefits of data management plans, as well as cloud-based storage options. Never lose a file again.

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