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Becoming a Savvy Researcher: Six Fall Workshops Sponsored by the University Libraries

Posted: September 23, 2013

The University Libraries will be sponsoring six fall workshops on “Becoming a Savvy Researcher.” Workshops will be on Tuesday and the same session again on Wednesday from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Sakioka Room of the Marshburn Library (East Campus) on the following dates and topics. Come to one! Come to all!

 
September 24, 25 – Workshop 1 
Locating Information: How to Find Data from Library Databases
This workshop will cover how to choose a database for your topic, how to use keywords for your search, and how and why to search by subject headings. The session will be taught by Dave Harmeyer, Ed.D., M.L.S., Associate Dean of University Libraries.
 
October 8, 9 – Workshop 2 
Evaluating Information: What is a Good Source?
In this workshop, you will learn how to determine whether your sources are reliable, accurate, timely, and relevant to your research. Find out how to evaluate print versus online resources, scholarly versus popular, and books versus journals. Discover the importance of bibliographic citations and how they can help you make good decisions! This session will be taught by Rebecca Russo, M.L.S., Head of Library Instruction.
 
October 15, 16 – Workshop 3 
Using Information Ethically and Legally:  Academic Integrity, Copyright, and Plagiarism
This session will provide an overview of copyright and plagiarism, discuss how they are related, and describe how to responsibly use resources for academic success. The session will be taught by Sue Aspley, J.D., L.LM., M.L.I.S., Head of Copyright Advisory Services.
 
October 22, 23 – Workshop 4 
Locating Information: How to Retrieve and Save Information
In this workshop, you will learn how to locate information, and how to retrieve and save information. This session will be taught by Dave Harmeyer, Ed.D., M.L.S., Associate Dean of University Libraries.
 
October 29, 30 – Workshop 5 
Evaluating Information: Bias and Objectivity
In this workshop, you will learn how to retrieve information using Quick Search, how to save book record information, and how to save article information. This session will be taught by Rebecca Russo, M.L.S., Head of Library Instruction.
 
November 5, 6 – Workshop 6 
Using Information Ethically: Basics of Critical Thinking
The information you take away from this workshop will help you read your texts and sources more critically; discern between facts, opinion, inferences, and judgments used in a source; recognize the elements of an argument used by a source to better understand it; become more aware of hidden assumptions and fallacies that may be present in a source. The session will be taught by Janice Baskin, MS, MA, Director of Library Publications.
 
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