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Savvy Researcher Workshops

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

Introduction

WSU undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff are all invited to attend the Undergraduate Research Workshops. All workshops are held in 217 Ablah, unless otherwise indicated in the WSU Libraries Events calendar. This semester, we are trying Wednesday as well as Friday workshops for more opportunities for students to attend. We are also trying early semester and late semester workshops for better point-of-need timing. Click on the date/time link to RSVP for each event.

September Workshops

Writing a 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, September 4

Tour Ablah Library See the VR 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.

  • 12-1:00 pm Friday, September 6

Using Library Databases: Tips and Tricks Save time and get better results in your research utilizing techniques like proximity searching, setting filters and limits, and using thesauri and wildcards. 

  • 4-5:00 pm Wednesday, September 11

Introduction to Endnote 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.

  • 12-1:00 pm Friday, September 13
October Workshops

Avoiding Plagiarism Learn to identify unintentional plagiarism and identify strategies to avoid plagiarism. Co-taught with the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards

  • 4-5:00 pm Wednesday, October 2

Comparing Citation Management Software Explore citation management software, which keeps track of research, generates references and bibliographies, and organizes resources to share in collaborative team projects. EndNote, Zotero, and Mendeley will be compared.

  • 12-1:00 pm Friday, October 4

Discovering Historical Newspaper Articles Take a deep dive into the past through newspapers! This workshop will give you the tools to find newspaper content that fits your research needs. 

  • 4-5:00 pm Wednesday, October 9

Treasures of Special Collections and University Archives (held in Special Collections, Lower Level) Examine artifacts and other treasures housed in Special Collections and University Archives with the curator. 

  • 12-1:00 pm Friday, October 11

Discovering Demographic and Social Data Unlock a wealth of social data to better understand demographic groups, large population, and pressing social issues. 

  • 12-1:00 pm Friday, October 25

Comparing Citation Management Software Explore citation management software, which keeps track of research, generates references and bibliographies, and organizes resources to share in collaborative team projects. EndNote, Zotero, and Mendeley will be compared. 

  • 4-5:00 pm Wednesday, October 30
November Workshops

Endnote Optimization Strategies Customize citation styles, edit parenthetical citations, and sync multiple devices. 

  • 12-1:00 pm Friday, November 1

Writing a 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, November 6

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

  • 12-1:00 pm Friday, November 8

Writing Papers in APA Style Learn and practice using the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition style to write and format research papers and citation lists. 

  • 4-5:00 pm Wednesday, November 13

Avoiding Plagiarism Learn to identify unintentional plagiarism and identify strategies to avoid plagiarism. Co-taught with the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. 

  • 12-1:00 pm Friday, November 15

Welcome to the "How To" Guide Portal!
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This page is designed to assist WSU students involved in research. On these pages, you'll find information on engaging in research, writing a literature review, citing sources and avoiding plagiarism. Some of these topics have been or may be currently taught in the Savvy Researcher workshop series. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a one-on-one appointment or chat with a librarian, go to the "Ask-a-Librarian" page or box below.

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Worried about a research project? Want to get a step ahead of your classmates and earn college credit?

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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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