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Presidents' Day Boot Camp for Graduate Students

Are you a graduate student working on a literature review for a thesis or dissertation?  Get serious about your scholarship and learn tips that will save your time and sanity. Our "boot camp" on Presidents' Day offers several popular workshops together - attend one or all.

All sessions will take place in Gelman Library, Room 219 and online via WebEx. GW community members may attend any session via WebEx by clicking here. 

Please bring your own computer.  Kids off school? Quiet and happily occupied offspring are welcome.

Monday, February 20 (President's Day):
9:00-9:30: The Basics of Graduate Research
9:30-10:00: Exploring Beyond Gelman: Advanced Research Skills
10:00-10:30:  Keeping Up With New Research
11:00-Noon:  Data Analysis at Your Fingertips: Using Google Sheets
1:00-1:30: The Logic of Citations: Understanding MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles
1:30-2:00:  Citation Chasing & Cited Reference Searching
2:00-2:30: Zotero In-Depth

The Basics of Graduate Research
What is a literature review, and what information do you need to begin one? Librarian Zach Elder will give you tips on how to begin your search, discover keywords, and narrow your topic. Save time and frustration by discovering how to find the right databases and resources for your discipline using GW Libraries’ tools.

Exploring Beyond Gelman: Advanced Research Skills
How do you know what research is out there? How can you discover what is available beyond the GW Libraries? 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.

Keeping Up With New Research
A successful graduate student participates in the research conversation of their field. Librarian Debbie Bezanson will show you how to keep up with new research in your area of study. You'll learn how to set up journal table of contents alerts, search alerts, and identify key journals in your field.

Data Analysis at Your Fingertips: Using Google Sheets
Like other spreadsheet software, Google Sheets provides powerful tools for aggregating, analyzing, and visualizing data. This workshop covers core features of Sheets, including pivot tables and charts, as well as importing and sharing data.

The Logic of Citations: Understanding MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles
Are you baffled by how to cite your sources and why it is even necessary? This short workshop will clear up the confusion and help you understand the fundamentals of citation, as well as the particular expectations of the MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. Librarian Tolonda Henderson will discuss both print resources (books, journal articles, etc.) and digital resources (web pages, etc.).

Citation Chasing & Cited Reference Searching
How do you build on someone else's research? How do you find the research they used? Librarian Dorinne Banks will show you how to chase down those citations like a pro in this short workshop.

Zotero In-Depth
Once you've done all that research how do you keep track of it? Do you wish you had a way to keep all your citations in one place? Come learn about Zotero, "a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite and share your research sources."

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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