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Library Life HacksLibrary Life Hacks workshops explore methods that today's scholars use to manage, visualize, analyze, and interpret data. These "Boot Camps" on Monday, October 12 (Columbus Day) & Wednesday, November 11 (Veteran's Day) offer several popular workshops together - attend one or all. Make it a full day of knowledge by attending the Lit Review How To sessions on the same days. 

Workshops fill up fast so please RSVP to secure your seat:
RSVP for October 12 Workshops
RSVP for November 11 Workshops

Workshop Topics:

What is Data?
In this workshop we will define research data & data-related terms, learn common data formats, understand use agreements and restrictions, and identify library and campus services and resources related to data.

Data Management
Data management refers to activities that support the long-term preservation, access, and use of data. In this short workshop, learn best practices for data management and discover the tools, people and resources GW Libraries can provide to help you.

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Lit Review How To: Holiday Boot Camps

Are you a graduate student working on a literature review for a thesis or dissertation?  Get serious about your scholarship by attending these 30-minute workshops to learn tips that will save you time and sanity.  Our "Boot Camps" on Monday, October 12 (Columbus Day) & Wednesday, November 11 (Veteran's Day) offer several popular workshops together - attend one or all. Make it a full day of knowledge by attending the Library Life Hacks sessions on the same days. 

Workshops fill up fast so please RSVP to secure your seat:
RSVP for October 12 Workshops
RSVP for November 11 Workshops

Workshop Topics:

The Basics: Mapping Your Research
What is a Literature Review, and what information do I need to begin one? Learn tips on how to begin your search, discover keywords, and narrow topics, and how to find the right databases and resources for your topic using GW Libraries’ tools. 

Searching Beyond Gelman
How do you know what research is out there? How can you know what you don't know? Librarians will help you be sure with a comprehensive search of all published book literature using WorldCat.  This workshop is best for disciplines that write books, especially the humanities and social sciences. 

Citation Management
Once you've done all that research how do you keep track of it?  Step away from the notecards and learn about online citation tools like Refworks, Zotero and Mendeley. Librarians will help you find the tool that is right for you and get you started using it. 

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Mahdavi Damghani collection of Persian and Arabic materials

We're searching for a GW undergraduate with strong Persian language skills for a paid internship! Spend the academic year processing the Mahdavi Damghani collection of Persian and Arabic materials to make the collection available for students, faculty and other researchers. 

The Mahdavi Damghani collection consists of approximately 4,000 volumes of original sources on Islamic laws and jurisprudence, theology, philosophy, language, literature and history.  Approximately 70% of the collection is in Persian; the remainder in Arabic. The unprocessed collection will be a rich resource relevant to several academic disciplines including Persian language and literature, Arabic language and literature, law, philosophy, history, and religion.  

Internship details:

Requirements: GW Undergraduate; strong Persian-language skills;
Oversight: The internship would be conducted under the guidance Andrew Buchwach, Middle East and North Africa Research Center Librarian, other Libraries staff, and Pardis Minuchehr, Director of Persian Studies at GW.
Location:  The GW Libraries, Global Resources Center (Suite 708).
The work: Processing the collection includes searching for already existing catalog records for each item, exploring library and other catalogs in Iran and elsewhere to clarify bibliographic information, and importing records and tracking material as it moves through the Library’s content-management workflow.  A research guide will also be developed.
Compensation: $11.00 an hour;
Sponsor: ESIA’s Institute for Middle East Studies & The GW Libraries, Global Resources Center 
Hours per week:  10.

Please submit resume to the contact listed below: 
Cathy Zeljak
Director, Global Resources

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Graduate Student Lockers

Looking for a secure spot to store small items while you are on campus? Gelman Library now offers lockers for graduate students.

The lockers are located in the Graduate Student Reading Room (Gelman 503) and are reserved on a “first-come / first-served” basis. Lockers rent for $35 per semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer).  Locker rentals begin on the first day of classes for the semester and end on the last day of scheduled finals of the same semester. Students may rent lockers per semester or for the academic year (a total of 3 semesters, Fall, Spring and Summer).

To apply for a locker, please select a locker by taking the slip posted on the desired locker in room 503 and complete the online request form (you must have the locker number to complete the form). A library staff member will contact you for an appointment to make the applicable payment and issue you a combination lock for the requested locker. 

Please direct questions to Jennifer Wesson at (202) 994-2937 or

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3-d printing at GelmanPrint a rare fossil to use in a class presentation. 
Print a prototype of your newest product idea. 
Print your latest artistic creation.

Gelman is proud to offer 3-D printing to all GW students, faculty, and staff! 3-D printing (also called additive manufacturing) is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created.

New to 3-D Printing Technology? Attend a Getting Started with 3-D Printing Workshop.
Learn more about how 3-D printing works and what types of projects you can make with it at a 30 minute Getting Started workshop. You'll learn how 3-D printing works, how to submit a request for printing at Gelman, and a brief tutorial on Makerware, the software that drives our Makerbot printers. 

Getting Started with 3-D Printing Workshop Dates:
Tuesday, September 22nd - 2pm
Monday, October 12th - Noon
Tuesday, October 20th - 2pm
Wednesday, November 11th - Noon

Please RSVP as there are limited seats available for these workshops. Each workshop will take place in Gelman's 3-D Studio (Room 214).Contact Dominique Pierce at for more information.

Ready to Start Printing? 
Digital files may be submitted online. The cost for 3-d printing is 5 cents/gram and is calculated on the weight of the final object. Find out more, including accepted file types, sizes, colors, etc. on our website

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