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Data BootcampAre you a graduate student who needs help collecting, managing, and visualizing research data? Data Bootcamps bring together several, 30-minute workshops filled with practical solutions to save you hours of needless work.  All sessions will be first-come, first serve, with the GIS session limited to 20 participants. Attend one session or all.

If you can't make it to all of the sessions or need more information be sure to check out the research guides: "Data Management," "Maps, Cartographic Data, and GIS Information," and "Uploading your ETD." 

Kids off school? Quiet and happily occupied offspring are welcome.

Monday, February 15 (President's Day):
1:00-1:30: What is Data?
1:30-2:00: Data Management
2:15-2:45: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Data Basics

What is Data?
Research data is data that is collected, observed, or created, for purposes of analysis to produce original research results, but what does that really mean for your own work? Data librarian Mandy Gooch will define research data & data-related terms and discuss common data formats. You'll explore 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 Data Librarian Mandy Gooch will discuss best practices for data management and the tools, people, and resources the GW Libraries provide to help you.

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If you’ve searched the GW Libraries catalog lately, you might have noticed that we’ve increased the number of e-books available to GW users. This is all part of our efforts to make the material you need available when you need it. Almost all of our e-books can be read online in a web browser as well as downloaded and read on a computer or device. Just click the “Online” button to begin, and log in as you would to any other GW Libraries resource.

Prefer a print book? Look for the option to “Request a Print Copy,” which is located underneath the Online button. Click this link, fill out and submit a brief form, and GW Libraries will use library funds to purchase a print copy for the collection. (On the form, you can request that the print book be placed on hold for you when it arrives.)

Visit our website for more information on using GW Libraries e-books.

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Programming & Software Development Consultation ServicesThe GW Libraries are proud to announce a new service to support digital scholarship at GW: Programming & Software Development Consultation Services. Assistance is available from professional software developers to GW students, faculty, and staff who are working on an academic or scholarly inquiry which requires coding. Ask questions and get hands-on assistance with:

Coding, software development, scripting, and programming
Code review and debugging
Tools selection
Working with data markup and encoding (e.g., XML, JSON, CSV, RDF)
Retrieving data from websites and APIs
Data cleansing and manipulation
Databases (e.g., table design, querying, optimizing, loading)
Fulltext searching
Online exhibits
Data visualization

Use our convenient Research Calendar to schedule an appointment with anyone labeled "coding/programming help."  You may also email libdata@gwu.edu for additional appointment times. Appointments are available both in-person and via WebEx. Learn more about these consultation services and see a list of programming languages, databases, and other areas of special expertise at go.gwu.edu/coding

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Digital Humanities ShowcaseFriday, February 12
12:30 - 3 p.m.
Please RSVP at go.gwu.edu/GWdoesDH 
#GWDH16

Everyone is invited to a showcase of Digital Humanities (DH) projects underway across the University.  The program will include brief presentations followed by discussion and a reception.  Find out about innovative endeavors happening in Classics, The Elliot School, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, Philosophy, Statistics, Health Sciences, DC Africana Archives Project, and more. Presented by the GW Digital Humanities Institute and GW Libraries, with opening remarks by Associate Professor of History Diane Cline, Director of Cross Disciplinary Collaboration and the XD@GW Faculty Cooperative

12:30-1:00pm: 3 presentations + 10 min Q&A + 5 min break

  • Connie Gelb (English for Academic Purposes): Facilitating Communication, Intercultural Competence and “Voice” in an EAP Course Through Digital Storytelling
  • Jonathan Ebinger (Journalism, School of Media and Public Affairs): Promo for History of Television News Online Summer Class

  • Paige McDonald (Clinical Research and Leadership, SMHS), Howard Straker (Physician Assistant Studies, SMHS), Caitlyn Ward (Student, Physician Assistant Services, SMHS):Collaborative Case Resolutions: Employing VoiceThread Technology to Promote Interaction and Higher Levels of Learning

1-1:30pm: 3 presentations + 10 min Q&A + 5 break

  • David Alan Grier (Tech Program, Elliott School; Former Publisher and Former President, IEEE Computer Society), with assistance of Tamara Carleton (The Innovation Board, San Carlos, CA), Geoffrey Grier (Recovery Theatre, San Francisco, CA), Tess Jonas, Noah Mauser, and Sarah Corbin Woolf (Actors, New York City): Drama for the Information Age

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Lit Review How ToAre 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 camp" on President's Day offers several popular workshops together - attend one or all.

All sessions will take place in Gelman Library, Room 301-302.  Please bring your own computer.  Kids off school? Quiet and happily occupied offspring are welcome.

Monday, February 15 (President's Day):
9:00-9:30: The Basics: Mapping your Research
9:30-10:00: Searching Beyond Gelman
10:00-10:30:  Citation Management
10:45-11:15:  Citation Chasing
11:15-11:45: Staying Current in One's Field

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. Save time and frsutration by discovering 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?  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.

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