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Savvy Scholar Workshops

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

Savvy Scholars do Research at WSU Libraries!

Unfortunately, workshops are canceled for the rest of the semester. Turn to the Library Use and COVID-19 guide for information about services and collections available remotely through University Libraries. We have also created a guide with links about COVID-19 from WSU, CDC and other reliable sources. Check back in May for the fall 2020 workshop schedule.

WSU undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff are all invited to attend Savvy Scholar workshops. All workshops are held in 217 Ablah, unless otherwise indicated in the description and the WSU Libraries Events calendar. Workshops are offered on Wednesdays and Fridays for more more opportunities to attend. See the pages listed in the left column for more information about each topic, including any handouts and presentations that might be used in the workshop. (Page titles might not be exactly like the workshop title and the list is alphabetized.) Click on the date/time link to RSVP for each event. 

February Workshops

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.

  • 4-5:00 pm Wednesday, February 5

Going Deep into Databases: Take a deep dive into database tools like setting filters and using wildcards to help you quickly and efficiently locate articles.

  • 12-1 pm Friday, February 7

Introducing EndNote for Citation Management: 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.

  • 4-5 pm Wednesday, February 12

Love Your Library: Open House: Meet librarians and staff from all departments: Research and Instruction, Technical Services, Special Collections and University Archives, and others. Light refreshments provided in C-Space.

  • 12-1 pm Friday, February 14

Drop-in Clinic: Hidden Gems in the Library: Drop in to meet the librarians who work behind the screens! Light refreshments provided in C-Space.

4-5 pm Wednesday, February 19

Discovering Search Engine Bias: We use search engines like Google every day, but do we know how they work? This workshop explores how algorithmic biases influence search results and provides strategies for minimizing biased results.

  • 12-1 pm Friday, February 21

March Workshops

Creating a Stunning Research Poster: Learn how to create stunning and visually effective posters for conferences, competitions and other presentations.

  • 12-1 pm Friday, March 6

Going Deep into Databases: Take a deep dive into database tools like setting filters and using wildcards to help you quickly and efficiently locate articles.

  • 4-5 pm Wednesday, March 11

Uncovering Primary Sources: Discover library databases and open websites for various types of primary sources, including diaries, company records, photographs, and maps.

  • 12-1 pm Friday, March 13

Creating a Stunning Research Poster: Learn how to create stunning and visually effective posters for conferences, competitions and other presentations.

  • 4-5 pm Wednesday, March 18

April Workshops

Discovering Search Engine Bias: We use search engines like Google every day, but do we know how they work? This workshop explores how algorithmic biases influence search results and provides strategies for minimizing biased results.

  • 4-5 pm Wednesday April 1

Introducing EndNote for Citation Management: 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.

  • 12-1 pm Friday, April 3

Uncovering Primary Sources: Discover library databases and open websites for various types of primary sources, including diaries, company records, photographs, and maps.

  • 4-5 pm Wednesday, April 8

Drop-in Clinic: Working with Your Subject Specialist: Drop in for a consultation about your research, citations, or other projects. Light refreshments provided in C-Space

  • 12-1 pm Friday, April 10

Literature Reviews for Engineering: Engineering researchers will learn to create a literature review, from locating conference proceedings, standards and other primary resources to presenting findings.

  • 4-5 pm Wednesday, April 15

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.

  • 12-1 pm Friday, April 17

Going Deep into Databases: Take a deep dive into database tools like setting filters and using wildcards to help you quickly and efficiently locate articles.

  • 4-5 pm Wednesday, April 22

Drop-in Clinic: Hidden Gems in the Library: Drop in to meet the librarians who work behind the screens! Light refreshments provided in C-Space.

  • 12-1 pm Friday, April 24

Drop-in Clinic: Working with Your Subject Specialist: Drop in for a consultation about your research, citations, or other projects. Light refreshments provided in C-Space.

  • 4-5 pm Wednesday, April 29

Looking for a faculty member to work with? Sometimes finding a faculty mentor to work with is as simple as asking your current professors. The Honors College has some suggested strategies for contacting faculty members about their availability.

Faculty Research Interests
Check out the list below to see current faculty projects in need of a student researcher. You may also want to look at different departmental webpages on the WSU website. Look for lists of faculty member bios in that department; these will often include current research projects each faculty member is working on.

SOAR
Browse through SOAR, WSU's Institutional Repository, to see what kind of 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

Visit a librarian at the Reference Desk on the first floor of Ablah Library or contact a Subject Librarian to make an appointment.

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What are some reasons to contact a librarian?

‚Äč      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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    Circulation Desk (Ablah Library)  316-978-3582
   Reference Desk (Ablah Library)  316-978-3584
   Music Library  316-978-3029
   Chemistry Library  316-978-3764
   Interlibrary Loan  316-978-3167

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Chat with us 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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   Text us with research and other library-related questions to

                                 316-453-6911

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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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