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Research Workshops

Research Hacks

Hone your research skills this fall.

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Central Library is offering a full range of workshops this fall to help support student and faculty research and academic success. Please see the topics below for more information about specific workshops and to register.

Google Scholar Hacks

While you may be familiar with Google Scholar as a way to use the Google search capabilities to find scholarly literature, you may not know all the tools that can help you link to VU resources, find other possible sources on a topic or research question, and be more precise in your searching. Learn about these features by signing up for the Google Scholar Workshop!

September 10, 4:00 pm
October 29, 4:00 pm

Introduction to Zotero

Zotero is one type of citation management software (or bibliographic management software). It allows you to create your own personal library of references to books, articles and documents. References can include citation information (author, title, publisher, etc.) as well as annotations, graphics, and even copies of the documents themselves. The software works with Microsoft Word and other word processors to automatically add references to your paper and format your bibliography in the proper style (MLA, APA, Chicago Style, etc.).

If you are working on a paper, including an honors thesis, master’s thesis, or dissertation, consider signing up for a Zotero workshop!

September 17, 4:00 pm
November 19, 4:00 pm

Database Hacks

Research takes a lot of time, especially keeping track of sources, finding them again, and learning about new ones. Did you know that many of the VU databases have tools to help you with your research and citations? Learn some of the time saving features of the ProQuest and EBSCO databases by signing up for this workshop.

October 1, 4:00 pm
November 5, 4:00 pm

Today’s News for Your Research

Discover the wealth and depth of current news sources available to you through Vanderbilt libraries. Explore titles spanning a range of subject areas. Find film reviews, images & photos, speeches & lectures, interviews, classified ads, editorials and more to support and enrich your research!

October 8, 4:00 pm

Comprehensive Literature Search

Searching the literature can seem overwhelming, especially making sure you’ve searched in all the possible places. How can you make sure you’re not missing something? How do you ensure you’ve examined all the important scholarship on a topic? Learn how to make the process less stressful by signing up for the “Comprehensive Literature Search” workshop!

October 15, 4:00 pm
November 12, 4:00 pm

Streaming Video for Your Research and Coursework: Kanopy and Academic Video Online

Discover the amazing depth and breadth of streaming video available through Vandy libraries. Kanopy, Academic Video Online, and other streaming services can help you supplement or complete your research paper, presentation, or multimedia project. In this workshop, you'll learn about streaming resources and learn how to select and save clips, conduct comprehensive searches, and create shareable playlists.

October 16, 4:00 pm

Census 2020: Why It Matters and What You Need to Know

Census 2020 has been in the news a lot lately. In 2020, for the first time, you will be able to fill out the ensus form online. Find out why the Census matters, what the data's used for, some of the history of the Census, how the process of completing the Census will work this coming year, and what resources the library has that can help you with any research related to the Census or to demographics more generally.

November 6, 4:00 pm