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Navigating Research at the Library
Whether you have been conducting research for 2 weeks or 20 years there might be some Library skills you would like to brush up on! There are changes in the Library, as well as updated information on old skill-sets. This workshop is intended for all levels of expertise. We will cover basic search skills, navigational information, changes in our services, and more.
Defining and Preventing Plagiarism: Sources, citations, common knowledge
Learn how to avoid the 10 different types of plagiarism and how to properly cite your sources.
Learn how to organize your research by using the citation management tool Mendeley. This workshop will show you how to add PDFs and other citations, organize and edit your library, and how to create bibliographies in your desired style (APA, MLA, etc).
PubMed Like a Pro
Learn how to best utilize PubMed, including features like MeSH, alerts, saving searches, and more.
Just getting started with your research in Women's History? Need help finding primary sources or archival materials? Not sure about how to cite what, when, and how? Take a look through our guide to learn more about:
1. Review Assignment: What's the assignment? What are the expectations for your work? Are there any specific parameters that you need to be aware of?
2. Brainstorm: Pick a topic that interests you! Do you have a strong opinion on something? Do you have a personal issue, problem, or pastime that you would like to know more about?
Librarian Tip: The research and writing will go by more quickly if you care about the topic you are researching!
3. Find Background Information: Reading an overview of a topic will allow you to better understand the landscape of what you are researching. This in turn will allow you to narrow in on a specific concept that piques your interest.
Librarian Tip: This process also allows you to find common vocabulary used in the field, which offers you keywords for your resource searching. Make a list of these keywords as you are going.
4. Focus Your Topic: Make sure to keep your work manageable by honing in on a specific thesis statement or question.
Librarian Tip: Remember to stay flexible while picking a thesis statement, if a topic is too broad or too narrow it will be hard to research. So keep in mind - picking your topic is research!