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Workshops

Research Workshops

Each semester the library hosts a series of workshops in which students can learn about a variety of topics that will enhance their ability to conduct effective research, such as using research citation methods (APA, MLA, etc.). All workshops are in the Active Learning Classroom in the Jerry Falwell Library, Room 171. Bring your preferred device to all workshops for hands-on learning!

Workshops may be attended in person or via streaming video in cooperation with Liberty University Online.  For online attendance, register at www.liberty.edu/webinars for the specific workshop to receive login information.  The password is luo1.  Faculty and staff may also register for sessions designated as especially for graduate students and faculty on the Library tab of the ProDev portal to receive Liberty continuing education credit for attending.

 This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend.

Upcoming Workshops:

Wednesday, Sept. 2

  • Basics of APA Formatting, 6:30 p.m.
    Join us to learn how to create properly formatted reference lists in APA style. We will discuss using database generated citations, creating hanging indents, and changing capitalization.

Thursday, Sept. 3

  • Get a Grip on Research, 3:30 p.m.
    Are you a confused about how to start your research project? Join us for a workshop covering all the basics of the research process that your professor assumes you already know! We will discuss choosing a relevant and researchable topic, using different types of resources, locating appropriate sources, and organizing your findings.

Wednesday, Sept. 9

  • Finding Research Gaps by Reviewing the Literature, 6:30 p.m.
    Students doing original research often review existing scholarly literature to find a “gap in the research” that they propose to fill.  This workshop will briefly discuss how to do a comprehensive review of the literature.  We will discuss how to determine researchable topics and how to broaden or narrow topics to fill a gap.

Tuesday, Sept. 15

  • JFL 101: Becoming a Confident Library User, 8 p.m.
    Join us for an engaging workshop that will teach you all about the Jerry Falwell Library. Topics include deciphering call numbers, locating books and journals, using the JFL catalog, reserving group study rooms, and using services you may not even know we have!

Wednesday, Sept. 16

  • JFL 101: Becoming a Confident Library User, Noon
    Join us for an engaging workshop that will teach you all about the Jerry Falwell Library. Topics include deciphering call numbers, locating books and journals, using the JFL catalog, reserving group study rooms, and using services you may not even know we have!
     
  • Basics of Turabian Formatting, 6:30 p.m.
    Join us to learn how to create properly formatted bibliographies in the Chicago/Turabian: Footnotes/Bibliography style. We will discuss using database generated citations, creating hanging indents, and changing capitalization.

Thursday, Sept. 17

  • Using Databases to Find Information, 3:30 p.m.
    With over 500 databases in the JFL collection, it can be hard to know where to start. This session will guide you in finding the sources that best fit your research needs.  Our databases are listed alphabetically by title, but they are also found by subject area on our Research Guides. Attend this session and build your confidence in navigating these valuable resources.

Wednesday, Sept. 23

  • Introduction to Dissertation Research: Literature Reviews, Methodologies, and Theoretical Frameworks, 6:30 p.m.
    This workshop will provide an overview of the literature review portion of the thesis and dissertation process.  We’ll discuss identifying research gaps, determining appropriate methodologies, and adapting theoretical frameworks through resources such as the Sage Research Methods Online database.

Thursday, Sept. 24

  • Navigating the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Submission Process, Noon
    This workshop will help you navigate the submission process of your thesis or dissertation into Proquest Dissertations and Theses Global database and the University’s institutional repository, the Digital Commons.  We will then demonstrate how the Digital Commons will bring exposure to your scholarship online.  (This submission is a requirement for graduation.)

Wednesday, Sept. 30

  • Using Google Scholar, 6:30 p.m.
    Google Scholar is a free resource that provides citations for scholarly articles and books. Many of these resources are not freely available online, but we will teach you how to connect this search engine to our databases to easily check for free access through the library. Tips and tricks will be given to make your research easier.

Thursday, Oct. 1

  • Research Guides to the Rescue, 3:30 p.m.
    Allow us to introduce you to an informative and user-friendly tool called a Research Guide.  Librarians have developed an individual guide for each department or area of study that outlines citation, databases, encyclopedia, dictionaries, websites, and more which all relate directly to the subject you are researching.  These serve as a great starting point for those new to research.

Wednesday, Oct. 14  

  • Managing Sources Using EBSCO Folders and WorldCat Lists, 6:30 p.m.                                                 
    The number of resources displayed for a given topic is often overwhelming! Come this session to learn how to manage your sources using personal folders and annotations to store items of interest in your EBSCO databases and WorldCat search results.

Thursday, Oct. 15

  • Image Copyright, Noon
    A picture is worth a thousand words but not if you aren’t sure how to ethically use it.  Join us for a discussion on guidelines that will ensure that you have correctly used and cited images in your scholarship.  We will also share some tips for locating copyright free images.
     
  • Surviving Group Projects, 3:30 p.m.
    Do you dread group projects? We’ll show you how to complete one successfully from reading it on your syllabus to turning in the final product. We will go over interpersonal communication as well as handling the logistics of meetings and room reservations. We’ll also provide recommendations for divvying up the workload and suggest tasks to accomplish at meetings.

Tuesday, Oct. 20

  • JFL 101: Becoming a Confident Library User, 8 p.m.
    Join us for an engaging workshop that will teach you all about the Jerry Falwell Library. Topics include deciphering call numbers, locating books and journals, using the JFL catalog, reserving group study rooms, and using services you may not even know we have!

Wednesday, Oct. 21  

  • JFL 101: Becoming a Confident Library User, Noon
    Join us for an engaging workshop that will teach you all about the Jerry Falwell Library. Topics include deciphering call numbers, locating books and journals, using the JFL catalog, reserving group study rooms, and using services you may not even know we have!
     
  • Finding Scholarly Articles on Any Topic: Choosing Databases, Search Terms, and Controlled Vocabulary, 6:30 p.m.
    Starting a new research project can be daunting, especially if you are not already familiar with the topic. This workshop will make the process easier by addressing the characteristics and content of scholarly articles, choosing the best databases and search strategy for your topic, and explaining how to identify and use standardized subject terms.  We’ll also present advanced search strategies, including Boolean searches and truncation.

Wednesday, Oct. 28

  • ILLiad: Using InterLibrary Loan for Books and Articles, 6:30 p.m.
    This workshop will show you how to create an InterLibrary Loan account (ILLiad) in order to request resources either from our collections or from around the world. We will address InterLibrary Loan policies as well as the basics of placing and retrieving requested materials.

Thursday, Oct. 29

  • Finding Resources: E-books, ILL, and WorldCat, 3:30 p.m.
    You have millions of resources at your fingertips, but how do you find them? We will show you how to find and use e-books, how to request and access materials through InterLibrary Loan, and how to discover the wonders of WorldCat.

Wednesday, Nov. 4

  • Understanding and Using Free Open Access Resources, 6:30 p.m.
    Many educational institutions provide freely accessible academic resources at no charge through open access repositories.  Join us for this workshop about using open access sources such as the Liberty University Digital Commons, the National Center for Education Statistics, Google Books, Hathi Trust, and more. 

Thursday, Nov. 5

  • Research Smart Phone, 3:30 p.m.
    You use your smartphone to find all kinds of information. At this workshop, we will discuss ways that you can use it to locate scholarly information for your research projects. We will explain how to access library databases, search for e-books, and identify additional resources suitable for your project.

Wednesday, Nov. 11

  • Finding and Using Data and Statistics, 6:30 p.m.                                
    This workshop will help you to find and use statistical information about your topic.  We’ll discuss the distinction between data and statistics, and we’ll demonstrate how to use library databases such as Opposing Viewpoints and CQ Researcher to retrieve statistics about current, controversial topics. We will also address government and industry sources, including the National Center for Education Statistics.

Thursday, Nov. 12

  • Using Pixel Tables to Engage Students in Digital Scholarship, Noon
    Explore ways to use an interactive pixel table to promote scholarship and learning in your class.  We will define digital scholarship, explore a case use, and learn basic features of the software used to create a digital project.
     
  • Finding the Best Resources for Your Paper, 3:30 p.m.
    With so many types of sources, it can be difficult to know which ones are best for your topic. At this workshop, you will learn what scholarly and peer reviewed mean, when to use primary and secondary sources, and that Wikipedia can actually be good! We will discuss many different types of resources and how you can use them effectively.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

  • Becoming a Google Power Searcher, 6:30 p.m.
    Join us for a workshop on using Google to make your research easier and more efficient. We’ll cover domain searches, site searches, file type searches, and more!

Wednesday, Dec. 2

  • Using Google Books and WorldCat to Find Books, 6:30 p.m.                         
    Google Books contains millions of books, many of which can be previewed and used as a research source. WorldCat is a catalog of books in libraries around the world which also provides suggested citations in APA, MLA, and Turabian and tells you if a library near you has that item. Together, these two resources provide access to many books, even rare or obscure ones.

Archived Workshops

  • Using the Library Website for Research & Getting Help with Your Research, 8-9 p.m.
    This session will introduce the Jerry Falwell Library website and how to use it for your research needs. It will also present ways to get help from the library.
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  • Using the Library Website for Research & Getting Help with Your Research, 12-1 p.m.
    This session will introduce the Jerry Falwell Library website and how to use it for your research needs. It will also present ways to get help from the library.
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Help! How do I use APA?, 2:10-3 p.m.
    Join us for a workshop on how to find journal articles, books, essays, dissertations, and websites for your topic and how to cite them in APA format. This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).
     
  • Finding and Using Dissertations, 7-8 p.m. 
    This workshop will discuss finding dissertations, including  how to learn from their bibliographies and research methodologies as well as how to identify gaps in the literature.  This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Help! How do I use Turabian?, 3-3:45 p.m.
    Does the thought of using Turabian formatting for your bibliography scare you because you're not even sure how to pronounce the word? Then this is the workshop for you. We will discuss how to put together your bibliography and footnotes using the current Turabian manual's instruction. Moreover, we will show you how to find the necessary bibliographic information in the library's resources along with some tips and tricks that will make your research a breeze.
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  • Introduction to Graduate Theological Research, 7-8 p.m. 
    Join us for a workshop to increase your awareness and effective use of theological and biblical studies resources. We will discuss finding sources on specific Scripture passages including both journal articles and books.  This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).
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  • How do I use the History Research Guide?, 2:10-3 p.m.
    This workshop will help you learn how to use the library's History Research Guide to find the best places to go for your research. We will find journal articles, primary sources, print books, and electronic books.
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  • Basics of Turabian Formatting in Word, 7-8 p.m. 
    Join us for a workshop to learn how to create properly formatted bibliographies in the Chicago/Turabian: Humanities style (footnotes/bibliography). We’ll discuss sources for citations as well as how to use Microsoft Word to create hanging indents and change capitalization. This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Where do I find sources for my English paper?, 6-7 p.m.
    This workshop will take you on a tour of English and Modern Languages Research Guide found on the library website. You will learn how to locate, navigate, and use the Research Guide to find sources for you paper.
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  • Introduction to Graduate Counseling Research, 7-8 p.m. 
    Join us for a workshop to increase your awareness and effective use of counseling resources. We’ll discuss APA databases, the online DSM-V, and how to find scholarly articles on any topic.  This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device.)
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  • How can I focus on psychology resources?, 2:10-3 p.m.
    Learn how to navigate the library's website to focus on special psychology resources. We will cover Research Guides, APA PsycNet, and other research tools that are specifically for psychology faculty and students. We will also discuss how to find resources not found in our library and how to request them through InterLibrary Loan (ILL).
     
  • Basic of APA Formatting in Word, 7-8 p.m. 
    Join us for a workshop to teach you how to create properly formatted reference lists in APA. We’ll discuss sources for citations for journals and books. We’ll also cover how to use Microsoft Word to create hanging indents and change capitalization. This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It’s BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • How do I use the Religion Research Guide?, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Learning how to use the Religion Research Guide will help you to efficiently and effectively find relevant resources for your course assignments in biblical studies, church history, church ministries, evangelism, pastoral leadership, and more! This workshop steps you through the research guide and highlights the use of key resources.
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  • Help! How do I use MLA?, 2:10-3 p.m.
    Having difficulty finding articles or citing plays, stories, or poems? Come out and participate in the MLA workshop. The MLA workshop will feature library databases and resources relevant to English and the Humanities. We will provide you with a breakdown of how to identify and use MLA on research assignments and projects.
     
  • Copyright in the Classroom, 3:30-4:30 p.m.  
    Copyright can be intimidating! We want to help you understand the copyright laws that apply to classroom instruction. Participants will leave the workshop with a greater understanding of fair use, obtaining permission, and image copyright.
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  • Introduction to Graduate Education Research, 7-8 p.m. 
    Join us for a workshop to increase your awareness and effective use of education resources. We’ll discuss finding scholarly journal articles and testing instrument reviews.  This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device.)
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  • How do I use that Summon thing?, 3-3:45 p.m.
    This workshop will help you learn how to use Summon to search most of the library's resources at once as well as how to search the JFL Catalog. We will also show you how to use search limits to focus your search.
     
  • Using Google Books and WorldCat to Find Books, 7-8 p.m. 
    Google Books contains scanned books, many of which can be previewed and used as a research resource. WorldCat is a catalog of books in libraries around the world. Together, these two resources provide full-text access to millions of books which can be cited in your research. This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Where do I find what I need?, 2:10-3 p.m.
    You will learn to navigate the Jerry Falwell Library website and all the places you can access resources suitable for research. Come learn how to locate an article, book, e-book, and research guides. You will also learn what InterLibrary Loan (ILL) is and how it can benefit you during the research process.
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  • Finding and Using Open Educational Resources, 3:30-4:30 p.m. 
    Thousands of professors from prestigious universities have been making their curricular materials freely available online for other teachers to redesign and reuse. Participants will leave this workshop understanding how to discover, evaluate, and use these open educational resources.
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  • Using Primary Sources for Historical Research, 7-8 p.m.
    Liberty has several subscription databases that contain primary historical sources.  This workshop will cover searching ProQuest Historical Newspapers, Early American Imprints, and Early English Books Online.  We’ll also discuss open access resources such as the Christian Classics Ethereal Library.  This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).
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  • How do I use databases to find information?, 3-3:45 p.m.
    Learn tips and tricks for using library databases to accurately retrieve information resources that are relevant to your research needs.
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  • Publishing Your Research (Journal Submissions, Publishers, Copyright, etc.), 7-8 p.m.
    This workshop will talk about publishing opportunities for your research.  We will discuss submitting items to Liberty’s Digital Commons as well as resources to find places to submit scholarly journal articles.  We’ll also cover the publishing process and copyrighting your work.  This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).
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  • Submitting your Thesis or Dissertation to the Library, 8-8:45 p.m.
    Are you finishing your thesis or dissertation this semester?  This webinar will explain the process of submitting your final draft to the library for publication in Liberty University’s Digital Commons.
     
  • Submitting your Thesis or Dissertation to the Library, 1-1:45 p.m.
    Are you finishing your thesis or dissertation this semester?  This webinar will explain the process of submitting your final draft to the library for publication in Liberty University’s Digital Commons.
     
  • How do I use the Health Professions Research Guide?, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    This workshop will take you on a tour of the Health Professions Research Guide found on the library website. You will learn how to locate, navigate, and use the research guide to find sources for your research.
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Becoming a Google Power Searcher, 7-8 p.m. 
    Join us for a workshop on using Google to make your research easier and more efficient. We’ll cover domain searches, site searches, file type searches, and more! This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Where can I find content in other languages and formats?, 3-3:45 p.m.
    You will learn which databases you can search using non-English interfaces, that have non-English content, and that provide other formats, such as audio for text and text for video. You will also see how the resources are grouped and where to find the lists.
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  • How to Self-Publish an E-book, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Need a way to make your book available to the world? Participants will leave this workshop understanding the pros and cons of self-publishing, how to self-publish, and how to market their own e-books.
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  • Using Google Scholar, 7-8 p.m. 
    Come learn how to use Google Scholar to find scholarly articles and books. Tips and tricks will be given to make your research easier. This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • How can I access free e-books?, 2:10-3 p.m.
    Come learn how to find and download library e-books. You will also discover some other venues for free e-books as well as get answers to your questions about using the library's e-books. 
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  • Using EndNote to Manage Your Citations, 7-8 p.m. 
    EndNote is a bibliographic citation manager available free to current Liberty students, faculty, and staff that allows you to store book and article citations.  Come learn how to install the program, export citations from databases into EndNote, and use it within Microsoft Word while writing your research papers. This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). 
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Introduction to Graduate Business Research, 7-8 p.m. 
    Join us for a workshop to increase your awareness and effective use of business resources. We’ll discuss finding scholarly journal articles and researching specific companies and industries.  This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. It's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device.)
    View a recording of this webinar
     
  • Basics of Turabian Formatting in Word, 7-8 p.m.
    Join us for a workshop to teach you how to create properly formatted bibliographies in the Chicago/Turabian: Humanities style (footnotes/bibliography).  We’ll discuss sources for suggested citations as well as how to use Word to create hanging indents and change capitalization. This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend.  
     
  • Basics of APA Formatting in Word, 7-8 p.m.
    Join us for a workshop to teach you how to create properly formatted reference lists in APA.  We’ll discuss sources for suggested citations as well as how to use Word to create hanging indents and change capitalization.  This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend.
     
  • How do I use that Summon thing? 3-3:45 p.m.
    This workshop will help you learn how to use Summon to search most of the library’s resources at once as well as how to search the JFL Catalog. We will also show you how to use search limits to focus your search.
     
  • Where can I find sources for my topic? 3-3:45 p.m.
    This workshop will take you on a tour of Research Guides found on the library website. You will learn how to locate, choose, navigate and use the Research Guides.
     
  • Using Google Scholar 7-8 p.m.
    Google Scholar is a free resource that gives citations for scholarly articles and books.  This search engine can be tied to the Jerry Falwell Library’s subscription databases to find materials that are not available for free online.  Tips and tricks will be given to make your research easier.  This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend.
  • Becoming a Confident Library User, 8 p.m.
    Join us for an engaging workshop that will teach you all about the Jerry Falwell Library. Topics include deciphering call numbers, locating books and journals, using the JFL catalog, reserving group study rooms, and using services you may not even know we have!

  • JFL 101: Becoming a Confident Library User, Noon
    Join us for an engaging workshop that will teach you all about the Jerry Falwell Library. Topics include deciphering call numbers, locating books and journals, using the JFL catalog, reserving group study rooms, and using services you may not even know we have!

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