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Lit Review How To: Holiday Boot Camps for Grad Students

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.

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 RefworksZotero and Mendeley. Librarians will help you find the tool that is right for you and get you started using it.

Citation Chasing
How do you build on someone else's research?  How do you find the research they used? Learn to chase down those citations like a pro in this short workshop.

Staying Current in One's Field
A successful graduate student participates in the research conversation of her/his field. If you need help getting started, this workshop will help you find out how to stay current. You'll learn how to set up journal table of contents alerts, search alerts, and identify key journals in your field.

If you can't make it to all of the sessions or need more information be sure to check out the research guide "What Graduate Students Need to Know."

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