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Build your research skills with the Library's winter workshops!

Please contact your subject librarian or Ask a Librarian if you have any questions!

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LIB 001: Library Foundations

This 50 minute workshop introduces you to the extensive University Library system. Discover how the Library supports your university level research, and why the Library is the best starting point for your research needs.

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

Held in DC Library Room 1568 or Dana Porter FLEX Lab (LIB 329).

Register for these workshops:

Wednesday January 14, 1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. (LIB 329)
Tuesday January 27, 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. (DC 1568)

LIB 002: Searching: The Library Catalogue

Learn how to find resources for your coursework and research by searching Primo, our Library catalogue. In this 50 minute hands-on workshop you’ll become familiar with Primo’s features, learn to improve your search results, and manage your references effectively.

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

Suggested Prerequisite: LIB 001 Library Foundations

Held in DC Library Room 1568 or Dana Porter FLEX Lab (LIB 329).

Register for these workshops:

Tuesday January 20, 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. (LIB 329)
Wednesday February 4, 1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. (DC 1568)

LIB 003: Searching: Databases

Academic research is challenging because there is no one-size-fits-all solution for searching. In this 50 minute hands-on workshop, you’ll learn about and apply reliable tips and tools to help you find the best articles on your topic. You’ll also learn how to problem solve disappointing database search results.

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

Held in DC Library Room 1568 or Dana Porter FLEX Lab (LIB 329).

Register for these workshops:

Thursday January 29, 2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. (LIB 329)
Monday February 9, 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. (DC 1568)

LIB 004: Evaluating Information

How can you be sure that the resources you’re using are appropriate for university-level assignments? This 50 minute workshop combines activities and discussions to guide you through the process of critically evaluating resources and authors to determine their credibility. 

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

Suggested Prerequisite: LIB 003 Searching: Databases

Held in DC Library Room 1568 or Dana Porter FLEX Lab (LIB 329).

Register for these workshops:

Wednesday February, 11, 2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. (LIB 329)
Tuesday February 24, 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. (DC 1568)

Citing Properly with RefWorks

Hear briefly from the Office of Academic Integrity about why you need to reference your sources. Then learn how to manage your references, create bibliographies, and format your papers in a variety of citation styles from a liaison librarian using RefWorks, a web-based citation software freely available to all UWaterloo students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

By the end of this workshop, you will

Co-sponsored by the library and the Office of Academic Integrity.

Held in Dana Porter FLEX Lab (LIB 329).

Register for these workshops:

Wednesday January 21, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Monday February 2, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday February 11, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Thursday February 26, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Tracking Other Researchers and Their Work

Is there a researcher whose work you would like to follow? Who else is interested in the research papers relevant to your research? Could they be potential collaborators or competitors? 

By the end of this workshop you will:

Held in Dana Porter FLEX Lab (LIB 329).

Thursday January 22, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Register for this workshop.

Accessing Government Information

Learn to navigate the world of government information! Improve your government documents searching skills and ability to find various formats of government publications. Discover how to access Canadian federal and Ontario provincial government paper and electronic documents.

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to

Held in Dana Porter FLEX Lab (LIB 329).

Wednesday February 4, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Register for this workshop.

Making Sure People can Find Your Research

Do you have a very common last name?  Do you use the same format for your name for all of your papers? Is your work being attributed to someone else? Can others find your work easily?

By the end of this workshop you will:

Held in Dana Porter FLEX Lab (LIB 329).

Thursday February 5, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Register for this workshop.

Geoprocessing with ArcGIS (advanced)

According to geographer Waldo Tobler, “Everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things”. But how? Come discover the various relationships among your data and see how new information and insights are derived. This workshop builds on the skills learned in “Getting Started with ArcGIS” (a recommended prerequisite for those with no previous GIS experience) and introduces users to several common methods of data analysis using ArcGIS.

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to

Held in Dana Porter FLEX Lab (LIB 329).

Tuesday February 10, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Register for this workshop.

Calculating Your Academic Footprint: Maintaining a Robust Record of Your Publications and Citation Counts

Do you need the highest, most accurate citation counts of your work for academic advancement documentation, job applications or grant proposals? Do you find one research database doesn’t capture all your publications or citations of your publications?

By the end of this hands-on workshop you will have:

Held in Dana Porter FLEX Lab (LIB 329).

Thursday February 12, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Register for this workshop.

Demystifying the StatsCan Website

This workshop provides you with an overview of the Statistics Canada website, including effective techniques for uncovering the vast amount of statistical information available.

By the end of this hands-on workshop, you will be able to

Held in Dana Porter FLEX Lab (LIB 329).

Thursday March 5, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Register for this workshop.

Accessing StatsCan Data with ODESI

This session provides you with an overview of ODESI, the platform for searching and downloading Statistics Canada datasets made available through the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI). Basic knowledge of data analysis is presumed.

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to

Held in Dana Porter FLEX Lab (LIB 329).

Tuesday March 10, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Register for this workshop.

Finding Conference Proceedings

Finding conference proceedings can be tricky! This hands-on session will introduce you to deciphering conference proceedings citations and provide you with the tools to navigate the often complicated search process.

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to

Held in DC Library Room 1568.

Wednesday March 11, 1:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

Register for this workshop.


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December 19, 2014