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Workshops

Research Workshops

Each semester the library hosts a series of workshops where 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. They are Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Attend at least 6 to be entered into a Grand Prize drawing. Weekly door prizes given.

Upcoming Workshops:

Tues., August 26  

  • 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.

Wed., August 27 

  • 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 workshop is for you because 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.

Tues., September 2

  • Help! How do I use APA? 2:10 p.m.-3 p.m.
    Join us for a workshop on how to find journal articles, books, essays, dissertations, and websites for your topic.  This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. 
     
  • Doing a Comprehensive Review of the Literature* 7-8 p.m.
    Join us for a workshop on how to find journal articles, books, essays, dissertations, and websites to see what has been published regarding a chosen topic.  This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students but everyone is welcome to attend. 

Thurs., September 4

  • How can I create my own e-books?* 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Interested in making your own e-books for class or personal use? Come to this workshop to learn about the tools you need to make it happen, from simple to more advanced.

Tues., September 9

  • 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. 

Wed., September 10

  • Help! How do I use MLA? 3-3:45 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.

Tues., September 16

  • Help! How do I use AMA? 2:10 p.m.-3 p.m.
    This workshop will explore resources providing citation help for the American Medical Association citation style as well as detail common mistakes made in AMA citing practices.   
     
  • Getting Started on Your Dissertation* 7-8 p.m.
    Join us for a workshop on the preliminary steps of doctoral dissertation research.  We’ll give an overview of reviewing the literature as well as how to find, analyze, collect and organize your research.  This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. 

Tues., September 23

  • 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. 

Wed., September 24

  • 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.

Tues., September 30

  • Why do I need a research question? & How can social media help me research? 2:10 p.m.-3 p.m.
    Have you been told your topic is too broad? Do you want to see how social media can help you with your research? This workshop will have two sections. The first will help you create a research question and show ways to focus it. The second section will demonstrate social media tools and ways to use them for research.
     
  • Managing Sources Using Ebsco Folders and WorldCat Lists* 7-8 p.m.
    The number of resources displayed for a given topic may be overwhelming!  As you skim results lists and browse abstracts, EBSCO databases allow you to create a personal folder to store and make annotations for individual articles you’ve reviewed.  WorldCat offers a similar listing function that also allows annotation.  This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. 

Thurs., October 2

  • Faculty Panel: “How can I get my scholarship published?”*  6:00-7:15 p.m.
    A panel of Liberty’s top publishing faculty will offer tips on the following topics:
    • Finding time to research and write
    • Shaping your work to make it more publishable
    • Finding the right publisher and getting your foot in the door
    • Understanding copyright agreements

Tues., October 14

  • Where do I find what I need? 2:10 p.m.-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 is and how it can benefit you during the research process.
     
  • Finding Scholarly Articles on any Topic* 7-8 p.m.
    Join us for this workshop as we discuss scholarly peer-reviewed literature, how it differs from popular literature, and how to find current peer-reviewed articles either by topic or from citations you find in bibliographies.  This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. 

Tues., October 21

  • ILLiad - Using InterLibrary Loan for Books and Articles* 7-8 p.m.
    This workshop will show you how to create an InterLibrary Loan account (ILLiad)  and obtain books and articles that are not in the Jerry Falwell Library. We’ll show you how to place requests and retrieve the requested materials. This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. 

Wed., October 22

  • 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.

Tues., October 28

  • How do I use databases to find information? 2:10 p.m.-3 p.m.
    Learn tips and tricks for using library databases to accurately retrieve information resources that are relevant to your research needs.
     
  • Understanding and Using Open Access Resources* 7-8 p.m.
    Open access is a current trend among educational institutions, providing freely accessible resources at no charge.  Join us for this workshop about using open access sources (such as the Jerry Falwell Library Digital Commons) and other freely accessible resources (such as the National Center for Education Statistics, Google Books, Hathi Trust, etc.) for research purposes.  This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. 

Tues., November 4

  • 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. 

Wed., November 5

  • Is this website okay to use? 3-3:45 p.m.
    This workshop will assist you in deciding whether or not a website source is credible for research. Learn the criteria to use in evaluating websites. You will evaluate several website sources before leaving the session.

Thurs., November 6

  • What  is the new frontier in publishing scholarship?* 3:30-4:30
    Print publishing is increasingly expensive, but new alternatives are on the rise.  Digital open access publishing now offers more opportunities than ever to scholars who desire to publish their research.

Tues., November 11

  • What is visual literacy, and why is it important? 2:10 p.m.-3 p.m
    Information comes to us through a variety of avenues, including numerous visual messages we receive on a daily basis. This workshop will cover the elements that are incorporated into each image to communicate a message and ways to read and interpret them.
     
  • Introduction to Graduate Philosophy Research* 7-8 p.m.
    Join us for a workshop on Philosophy resources to make your research easier and more efficient. This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. 

Tues., November 18

  • Using Google Books and WorldCat to Find Books* 7-8 p.m.
    Google Books contains millions of books, many of which can be previewed and used as a research resource.  WorldCat is a catalog of books in libraries around the world.  WorldCat provides suggested citations in APA, MLA, and Turabian and tells you whether Liberty has the item or if it is in a library near you.  Together, these two resources provide access to many books even if they are rare or obscure.  This session is especially designed for faculty and graduate students, but everyone is welcome to attend. 

Wed., November 19

  • How can I access free e-books? 3-3:45 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.

*Especially for Faculty and Graduate Students (Faculty may register on the Library tab of the ProDev portal to receive professional development credit.)

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