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Savvy Scholar Workshops

A guide to library research workshops for WSU undergraduate students, graduate students, teaching assistants and instructors.

Savvy Scholar Workshops Fall 2022

WSU undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff are all invited to attend Savvy Scholar workshops.

  • Click on the button located below the event summary to register. 
  • Workshops will be offered both in person and on Zoom for the Fall 2022 semester.  
  • Registration is required for Zoom sessions and optional for in-person sessions.
  • Registrants will receive a reminder email 1 day before the workshop.

See the pages listed in the left column for more information about each topic, including any handouts and digital presentations that might be used in the workshop. (Page titles might not be exactly like the workshop title; the list is alphabetized.) 

If you are Deaf/HoH, and would like to participate in this workshop, please note this in your registration form and register at least 7 days before the workshop takes place so we can arrange for an interpreter to be present in the meeting for you.

Fall Workshops

Library Tour (WelcomeFest)

See the Virtual Reality Zone, the One-Button Studio and other multi-media project development tools, as well as study rooms, collections, and other spaces. We will also get a brief introduction to article databases other off-campus access to library resources. 

  • 12:00-1:00pm, Friday August 25: In person (meet in Ablah Library Lobby)
Tour (8/25) Registration


  • 12:00-1:00pm, Friday September 2: In person (meet in Ablah Library Lobby)
Tour (9/2) Registration



Getting Started with ArcGIS Online

ArcGIS Online enables users to make attractive and informative maps with just a few clicks. It is a great way to start learning geographic information systems, or GIS. This in-person workshop will be an introduction to ArcGIS Online and will highlight several important tools. Participants will get hands-on experience with finding data and making online maps.    

  • 4:00-5:00pm, Tuesday September 6: In person (217)
Getting Started with ArcGIS (9/6) Registration


SmartMapping with ArcGIS Onlin​​e

In ArcGIS Online, smart mapping helps users build beautiful, informative maps with just a few clicks. Smart mapping suggests map styles that go best with the data that one is using. It can simplify the map-making process and can uncover the stories inside your data. This online workshop will introduce the world of smart mapping. It will be taught by geographer and GIS educator Dr. Joseph Kerski of Esri. 

  • 12:00-1:00pm, Friday October 21: Zoom 
SmartMapping w/ ArcGIS Online (10/21) Registration


Zotero Citation Management Software

Learn to use Zotero ( a free and open software tool - to capture and keep track of your research resources, create citations and reference lists while you write your papers, share resources with teams, and organize your research process efficiently. 

  • 4:00-5:00pm, Tuesday September 20: In person (Ablah Library Room 217)
Zotero (9/20) Registration


Writing an Awesome Literature Review

Learn all the steps to create a literature review, from conducting comprehensive research to synthesizing perspectives to presenting your findings.

  • 4:00-5:00 pm, Tuesday, September 13In Person (Ablah Library Room 217)  
Lit Review (9/13) Registration


  • 12:00-1:00pm, November 4: Zoom
Lit Review (11/4) Registration


Finding Books to Read for Fun!

Are you always looking for reading recommendations? Do you have trouble finding the type of book you want to read? This workshop will introduce participants to useful online resources for finding book recommendations and tools for keeping track of what you've read or want to read.

  • 12:00-1:00pm, Friday September 23: Zoom
Finding Books (9/23) Registration


Introduction to Advanced Research Computing at WSU

Wichita State University's high-performance computing (HPC) cluster is here to help researchers, instructors and staff who have computationally intensive jobs to process. The HPC cluster is a service designed to advance research and assist instructors who incorporate advanced research computing in their course designs. Learn how to make the most of this resource in this workshop with Terrance Figy, Associate Professor, Physics. 

  • 12:00-1:00pm, Friday September 30: Zoom
Advanced Research Computing (9/30) Registration


Systematic Reviews (& How They Differ from Regular Lit Reviews)

Heard of systematic reviews, but not completely sure what they are, or how they differ from regular literature reviews?  Join this session to learn what systematic reviews are and aren’t, what makes them systematic, how you can read and interpret them, and how you can write them.  Learn why they are by many measures the fastest growing form of published scholarly research. 

  • 12:00-1:00pm, Friday October 7: Zoom
Systematic Reviews (10/7) Registration


Finding Social Data

Unlock a wealth of social data to better understand demographic groups, large populations, and pressing social issues.

  • 12:00-1:00 pm, Friday October 14: Zoom  
Finding Social Data (10/14) Registration


Writing Papers in APA Style

Learn and practice using the American Psychological Association (APA) 7th edition style to write and format research papers and citation lists. 

  •  4:00-5:00pm, Tuesday November 1: In person (Ablah Library Room 217)
APA (11/1) Registration


EndNote Citation Management Software

Learn to use EndNote to upload citation data from library databases, create new citations in various citation styles, organize citations, and insert citations into a MS Word document. 

  • 4:00-5:00pm, November 15: In person (Ablah Library Room 217)
EndNote (11/15) Registration

Looking for a faculty member to work with? Sometimes finding a faculty mentor to work with is as simple as asking your current professors. 

Faculty Research Interests 
Look for lists of faculty member bios in that department; these will often include current research projects each faculty member is working on. The Honors College sometimes is able to pair student researchers with faculty projects. You may also want to look at different departmental webpages on the WSU website.

Browse through SOAR, WSU's Institutional Repository, to see the open access research projects and papers WSU faculty members have published. This can help you target in on a faculty member that has similar research interests as you, and give you some talking points when you approach that faculty member as a possible mentor.

Ask A Librarian

Come talk to a librarian in person at the Reference Desk on the first floor of Ablah Library. 

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What are some reasons to contact a librarian?

​      To find the best resources for your topic
      To discuss strategies and develop skills for searching article databases and the library catalog
      To identify and locate primary source materials


If a librarian is not available, you may also seek assistance from other library staff during library hours who will refer you to the appropriate librarian or department as necessary. 

See the full schedule of library hours including Reference Desk, presession, intersession, and holiday hours for the main library (Ablah) and for the Chemistry and Music branch libraries. Ablah Library hours are also available on an automated phone line: 316-978-3581.

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Chat with us or request a Zoom session via the adjacent chat box. Our chat service is staffed during Reference Desk hours
If chat is not available, send us a question via e-mail.

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   Reference Desk (Ablah Library)  316-978-3584

  Circulation Desk (Ablah Library) 316-978-3582

  Music Library  316-978-3029

  Interlibrary Loan  316-978-3167

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         Email a librarian with your question
         or fill out this form.




Subject Librarians are available to help students, faculty, and staff with their research and library instruction needs. Use the left-hand navigation tabs to find the librarian assigned to a particular subject or college. Contact your subject librarian for assistance or to schedule an appointment for a research consultation.

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