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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 Spring 2024

Savvy Scholar workshops cover essential topics such as effective research strategies, information literacy, and academic writing. These skills are vital for academic and professional excellence.

WSU undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff are all invited to attend.

  • All workshops except library tours are offered both in person and online at the same time for a hybrid experience.  
  • Registration is required for online attendance and is optional if attending in person.
  • The Microsoft Teams link is provided with event registration.
  • Click on the heading of each event to register. 
  • All registrants 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.

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.

Spring Workshops

Library Tour and Orientation

Tour Ablah Library to see the new Digital Scholars Commons, 24-Hour Study Room, V-R Zone, Light Board Studio, Focus Rooms and other study rooms, and other services and spaces. Meet by the Circulation Desk for the tour at 12:00PM.

An orientation will take place in 217 Ablah at 12:30PM. Learn how to navigate the library homepage to find online articles and other research sources, streaming movies and music, and interlibrary loan. Identify the best librarian to help with your research. 

This event is co-listed on the Welcomefest calendar. Those who register will receive an email reminder two days before the event. There are lots of services, collections and spaces at University Libraries that will help you be the best student you can be! 

  • 12:00-1:00 pm, Friday, January 26: in person only (meet in Ablah Library Lobby)

Library Tour and Orientation

Tour Ablah Library to see the new Digital Scholars Commons, 24-Hour Study Room, V-R Zone, Light Board Studio, Focus Rooms and other study rooms, and other services and spaces. Meet by the Circulation Desk for the tour at 3:00PM.

An orientation will take place in 217 Ablah at 3:30PM. Learn how to navigate the library homepage to find online articles and other research sources, streaming movies and music, and interlibrary loan. Identify the best librarian to help with your research. 

This event is co-listed on the  Welcomefest calendar. Those who register will receive an email reminder two days before the event. There are lots of services, collections and spaces at University Libraries that will help you be the best student you can be! 

  • 3:00-4:00 pm, Tuesday, January 30: In person only (meet in Ablah Library Lobby)

How AI Can Help You with Research

AI tools such as ChatGPT can be used to enhance research in many fields. With it you can improve your writing and do other tasks such as generating research questions to initiate a research project. This workshop will introduce you to practical AI tools that can help you with research. Featuring guest speaker Carolyn Speer, Director of the Office of Instructional Resources.

  • 3:00-4:00pm, Tuesday, February 6: In Person (Ablah Library Digital Scholars Commons) and Online (with registration)

Annotated Bibliographies and Why You Should Write One

This session will explore the purposes, process, and benefits of creating robust annotated bibliographies for improving the quality and efficiency of your research projects and assignments.

  • 3:00-4:00pm, Tuesday, February 27: In Person (Ablah Library Digital Scholars Commons) and Online (with registration)

Systematic Reviews (and 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.

  • 3:00-4:00pm, Tuesday, March 5: In Person (Ablah Library Digital Scholars Commons) and Online (with registration)

Creating a Stunning Research Poster

Learn how to create impactful and visually effective posters for conferences, competitions, and other presentations. If you're competing in URCAF or GRASP, this workshop is for you!

  • 3:00-4:00pm, Tuesday, March 19: In Person (Ablah Library Digital Scholars Commons) and Online (with registration)

Telling Your Story With ArcGIS StoryMaps

ArcGIS StoryMaps is a powerful software that enables one to make attractive multimedia stories involving text, maps, photographs, and videos. It is also a great way to start using ArcGIS software. This workshop will introduce ArcGIS StoryMaps and provide practical tips for making your own engaging StoryMap.

  • 3:00-4:00pm, Tuesday, March 26: In Person (Ablah Library Digital Scholars Commons) and Online (with 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. 

  • 3:00-4:00pm, Tuesday, April 2: In Person (Ablah Library Digital Scholars Commons) and Online (with registration)

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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   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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