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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

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

  • Workshops will be offered both in person and on Zoom for the Fall 2021 semester.  
  • Registration is required for Zoom sessions and optional for in-person sessions.
  • Click on the date and time below to get to the event registration page. 
  • 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.

Click on the date/time link below to register for each event. 

Fall Workshops

Library Tour

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. 

Getting started with GIS

GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, is a framework to gather and analyze geospatial data. Using maps and 3-D models, it enables one to visualize geospatial data in fields such as geology, meteorology, political science, and history. In this introductory workshop, renowned geographer Dr. Joseph Kerski of Esri, the global market leader in GIS technology, will introduce the fundamentals of GIS and tools such as ArcGIS Online. 

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.

Exploring the Archives

Explore Special Collections and University Archives on this awesome virtual tour with the curator and archivist, Jessica Cerri.

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.

Finding Social Data

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

Citation Management drop-in

EndNote and Zotero are both easy-to-use, powerful tools to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research that informs your own writing. Come to this drop-in workshop to learn how these two citation management systems can make your life easier by keeping track of and citing the books, articles, and other documents that inform your research projects. You are welcome to ask about installing EndNote and Zotero, adding items to the literature collections you track through each system, creating citations directly in a word processor as you compose your papers, generating bibliographies or reference lists in various citation styles, and sharing resources for group projects.

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?

‚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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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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   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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