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Citation Managers

EndNote Part 1: Overview and Navigating Library Resources

Rachel Walden, reference & instruction librarian at the Vanderbilt Libraries, introduces you to EndNote, a popular citation manager used in academia. She discusses accessibility and gives an overview of some of the more common tools and features of the product, such as tags, groups, and individual citations.

EndNote Part 2: Importing Resources and Managing Citation Styles

In this second part, Rachel gives a deeper dive into how to import publications from various resources such as PubMed, Google Scholar, Web of Science, etc. She also shows you how to manage various citation styles with the Microsoft Word EndNote plug-in.

EndNote Part 3: Google Scholar Example, Useful Tips, and Questions

In this final video clip, Rachel walks through an example of using EndNote with Google Scholar and provides ways to do useful things such as creating a quick bibliography. The final minutes answers questions about a recommended workflow for collaborating using EndNote, how to export a portion of your library of resources to another citation manager, and thoughts on preferences between citation managers.

Mendeley Part 1: Introduction, Overview, Where to Download, and Benefits

In this video clip, you are provided with useful information on how to start using Mendeley, one of the well-known citation managers in academia. It discusses what a citation manager is, why you would want to use one, and provides benefits that this particular one can offer. It also shows the general process of going to the appropriate website to download the software. This workshop is facilitated by Francisco Juarez, a Science and Engineering Librarian.

Mendeley Part 2: Institutional Access and Demo

This video clip continues with a practical demo of using Mendeley. It starts by walking through the process for Vanderbilt-affiliated individuals to gain institutional access to the tool, and then continues by showing how to use some of the basic functionalities of Mendeley Online. Questions are answered about the PDF annotations that can be done using Mendeley, and finally, how to import articles from the web is shown.

Mendeley Part 3: In-Text Citations Demo and Wrap-Up

This final Mendeley clip shows how to do in-text citations, using the Microsoft Word plug-in for Mendeley. It then discusses some of the general resources that the Science and Engineering Library can provide and answers questions relating to differentiating between citation managers and transferring content between various citation managers.

Zotero Part 1: Downloading, Navigation, Cost, and More!

This video clip discusses the basics of Zotero, a free and popular citation management tool for academics. Topics include where Vanderbilt-affiliated individuals can download, how to navigate folders, an overview of your Zotero library, cost (free), neat updates, ways to enter citations (manual vs. automatic), possible identifiers when searching or adding citations, foreign language considerations, adding citations with browser plug-in, and more! The presenter in this video is Keegan Osinski, a Librarian for the area of Theological Studies and Ethics.

Zotero Part 2: Bibliographies, Citation Styles, Microsoft Word Plug-In, and More!

Part 2 of this presentations provides more in-depth description of some of the exciting features of Zotero. The presenter discusses using Amazon to add files, adding a local file/link to a citation record, citing using the “magic of Zotero,” how to install the plug-in on Microsoft Word, changing citation styles, creating a bibliography, how to install Microsoft Word Add-In, the benefits of the robust support forums that Zotero has for answering any question of yours, and Zotero vs. other citation managers.

Digital Pedagogy: Teaching with Wikipedia

Brooke Ackerly, professor of political science, and Kristin Michelitch, assistant professor of political science, share their experiences engaging their students as Wikipedia contributors, with benefits both to Wikipedia and their students. Ackerly describes the politics of knowledge, the way that those politics intersect with Wikipedia, and the kinds of learning outcomes her class Wikipedia projects lead to. Michelitch discusses the learning outcomes she’s seen with her students, as well as the practical approaches and tools she uses with her Wikipedia assignments.

Digital Presence: Understanding and Enhancing Your Research Impact

ORCID and Your Research Profile

Steven Baskauf, data science and data curation specialist at the Vanderbilt Libraries, describes why an Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier (ORCID) is useful, how to sign up for an ORCID, and how ORCIDs are being used in the academic research community.

Assessing and Increasing Your Research Impact

Andrew Wesolek, director of digital scholarship & scholarly communications at the Vanderbilt Libraries, describes several ways academic research impact is measured (journal impact factors, the author h-index, altmetrics, and more) and offers suggestions for increasing those measures.

Digital Presence: Web & Social Media

Part 1: Benefits of Building Your Digital Presence

Jaclyn Antonacci, senior social media specialist, and Lacy Paschal, executive director of digital strategies, identify the benefits of building one's digital presence as an academic. They walk through what someone might learn about you through a Google search and how you can influence what appears in those search results.

Part 2: Websites and Platform Choices

Jaclyn Antonacci, senior social media specialist, and Lacy Paschal, executive director of digital strategies, discuss the importance of establishing a website presence for academics and provide pros and cons of various social media platform choices, including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Part 3: How to Share and Engage

Jaclyn Antonacci, senior social media specialist, provides advice for faculty and academics on building their social media bios, as well as suggestions for what to share and how to engage on social networks.

Digital Presence: Building Your Professional Network with LinkedIn & Twitter

Part 1: Social Media Goals and using Academic Twitter

Jaclyn Antonacci, a senior social media specialist at Vanderbilt, begins describing some of the more common professional goals of social media, such as drawing more attention to your work and enhancing your professional networks. She provides an overview of academic Twitter and some useful Twitter features for finding topics and communities of interest. Lists, advanced search strategies, and trending topics are just a few of the concepts covered.

Part 2: LinkedIn Visibility, Groups, and Content Sharing

This workshop continues by providing an overview of LinkedIn, then discusses key words for visibility, how to update your profile as if it is a dynamic resume, and dives into features useful for sharing and connecting with people and groups of similar interests are yourself. Articles, endorsements, and skills are also discussed.

Part 3: Furthering Your Presence and Posting on Both Platforms

This workshop concludes with next steps on increasing your Twitter/LinkedIn presence and addresses questions like editing or deleting endorsements on LinkedIn; filtering LinkedIn notifications; Mitigating unnecessary posts from people through muting or disconnecting. Best practices for composing Twitter threads and determining whether to connect with someone on LinkedIn is also discussed.

Professional Productivity: The Care and Feeding of Email

Part 1: The Problem with Email

Robert Talbert, professor of mathematics at Grand Valley State University, discusses the cognitive load of unanswered emails, the value of the Inbox Zero idea, and the role of habits in managing our email.

Part 2: The Email Clarity Loop

Robert Talbert, professor of mathematics at Grand Valley State University, details his "email clarity loop," the set of decisions he makes (very quickly) to process a day's worth of emails in a very short amount of time.

Part 3: The Email Clarity Loop in Practice

Robert Talbert, professor of mathematics at Grand Valley State University, illustrates his email clarity loop by processing his email inbox in front of a live audience.

Part 4: Outlook Tips and Tricks

Damon Miltner, information systems manager at Vanderbilt IT, shares a variety of tools within Outlook for managing emails, including folders, flags, rules, and templates.

Professional Productivity: Calendar Like a Pro

Part 1: Appointment Management with Calendly

Corbette Doyle, senior lecturer in organizational leadership, shares how she uses calendaring tools to make the most of her time and demonstrates the use of one tool, Calendly, to schedule student appointments.

Part 2: Calendar Management with Outlook

Damon Miltner, information systems manager, shares tips and tricks for getting the most out of your Outlook calendar.

Professional Productivity: Microsoft Teams and OneDrive

Part 1: Microsoft Teams Overview

Paige Snay, lead instructional technologist for Vanderbilt's Center for Teaching, gives an overview of the ways Teams can be used for communication, such as Chats, Teams (and the Channels within them), and Meet. She also discusses the strength of including/attaching files and other features such as mentioning others while communicating.

Part 2: Creating a Team, Channels, and OneDrive Overview

Damon Miltner, Information Systems Manager at Vanderbilt University begins with explaining the applications bar and how you can pin applications to the Teams’ bar. The presenter then describes the process of creating a Team, adding members, and adding various applications to specific Teams or Channels. He discusses the power of version history within Teams, and other useful tricks.

Part 3: Storing Information with OneDrive and SharePoint

The final part talks about OneDrive and SharePoint, and how the two interact to store your information. Damon talks about how OneDrive allows you to differentiate between linked data and data that is just local to your device. The difference between a Vanderbilt OneDrive and a personal OneDrive is explained, and how SharePoint fits into that equation. There is a walkthrough of how to Sync the interface to your laptop. The final tip shows how you can create and use an email address for your Teams page.

Introduction to Research Data Management

Part 1: The Data Curation Lifecycle

Cliff Anderson, associate university librarian for research and digital strategy, provides an overview of the research data management lifecycle, including the creating or receipt of data, the preservation and storage of data, and the access and transformation of data.

Part 2: A Machine Learning Case Study

Jesse Spencer-Smith, chief data scientist at Vanderbilt's Data Science Institute, shares a case study that illustrates some of the challenges of research data management, particularly the computational and storage challenges of large data sets.

Part 3: A Data Use Agreement Case Study

Michael McAllister, relationship manager at Vanderbilt IT, and Lindsey Fox, associate director of Research IT, share a case study that illustrates some of the challenges of research data management, particularly the use of multiple data use agreements in a large research lab.

Part 4: The Data Storage Question

Olivia Kew-Fickus, chief data officer at Vanderbilt University, responds to a key question in research data management: Where do you store your data?

Data Cleaning for Researchers and Research Assistants

Part 1: Definition, Debunking Myths, and Best Practices

Bianca Monago, assistant professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt, begins with a definition of data cleaning and what it isn’t (data cleaning myths). There is a discussion of why data cleaning is important, and this part of the workshop also digs into some “best practices” in data cleaning (planning for naming conventions, data cleaning steps, etc.; being transparent about data analysis; keeping a data management appendix).

Part 2: Automating Data Cleaning with Scripts

Bianca continues with best practices, including documenting syntax for script files and using version control. There is an in-depth discussion on how to make data cleaning scripts/code more readable, focusing on alignment and spacing, indentation, using shorter lines, using locals and vectors, and using piping. Automation and tools for automation are covered and examples of getting familiar with your data, examining curious cases in detail, and the benefits of cleaning data in groups. This section focuses on tools such as R and Stata for the examples.

Part 3: Data Cleaning Steps & Order

Bianca introduces the acronym CLEANR (Compiling, Labeling & Renaming, Examining, Altering, New Variables, Reconfiguring & Re-examine). She addresses why doing data cleaning in this order makes sense and provides a conclusion and overview of best practices. Finally, she addresses a question that gives strategies to have students clean data consistently.

Digital Project Management

Part 1: Benefits of Planning and Managing Data

Bianca Monago, assistant professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt, begins with showing why you want your research to be accurate and reproducible/replicable. She talks about the benefits of planning, and how you need to plan to plan and come up with a structure of how to organize your plans.

Part 2: Organizing and Documenting Your Data

Bianca in this part digs into organizing and documenting for your research project. This includes things like naming structures, having clean and uncluttered files/folders, and having documents to allow you to remember choices made for a project. Bianca also discusses preserving research and various storage software.

Part 3: Project Management Tools, Pre-Registration, and Data Preservation

Bianca gives a range of options and talks at a high-level about the advantages of using project management software. Pre-registration for research is introduced, and she explains why it is useful for keeping your project managed. Bianca promotes research logs to keep track of decisions made, and using script files to help with documentation for projects.

3D Scanning Panel

Part 1: Photogrammetry for Archeological Ruins and VR Environments

Steve Wernke, associate professor of Anthropology, talks about how photogrammetry technology for his research allows photo-realistic scans to exist that gives details and access to examining excavation sites that would not be possible to look at otherwise.

Giles Morrow, postdoctoral research fellow at the Data Science Institute then shows examples of virtual reality spaces that allow people to interact with the 3D scanned environments and provides some of the resources that are available at Vanderbilt and lets the audience see how these tools work. Giles then gives a live demonstration on how a VR environment can be used to interact with scanned artifacts, play with their dimensions, and essentially allow you to feel as if you are holding them in real time.

Part 2: Open Access Scanning Tools

Ole Molvig, assistant professor of History, Communications of Science and Technology, and Physics focuses on some of the “quick and dirty tools” that allow you to do 3D scanning and augmentation for a very low barrier to entry (cheap and easy to start using). He opens his phone and shows a live demonstration of a photogrammetry app called PolyCam. He takes pictures of an object and allows those pictures to process to then show a full 3D scan, and even can show in an augmented reality space the 3D scanned creation of the image next to the real artifact. Ole also gives a live demonstration of SketchFab, which creates 3D models using a different and more intricate method and then shows an app that lets you do video photogrammetry.

Part 3: Digital Commons Resources and Example

Connor Gilmore, digital imaging specialist of the Digital Commons, introduces the structured light scanner in our lab before then opening the Shining3D image augmentation software. A question is asked about the available tools at Vanderbilt for 3D scanning, printing, and augmentation, and the panelists address this, then Connor continues with a live demonstration of 3D scanning a figurine, walking through the basic features and settings that are worthwhile to consider when trying to scan objects. The panelists address the costs and accessibilities of technologies and hardware necessary for 3D scanning. Connor then continues to discuss the meshing process to fill it the gaps for the scan. The fields/departments that make 3D scanning requests often are discussed, and Connor shows the final scan of the figurine.

Adapting Mixed Method Research Approaches to Digital Environments

Part 1: What Is and Isn't Mixed Methods?

Dr. Elizabeth Creamer, professor emerita in Educational Research from Virginia Tech and Co-Editor in Chief of Methods in Psychology, Elsevier UK, Mixed Methods Section, starts with her background on mixed methods research (MMR) and how she has written various books on the topics. She shows why the data in online courses is ripe for using MMR, and how there are other areas that work well for MMR because of their interdisciplinary nature. Elizabeth gives a definition of what is and isn’t MMR and discusses how it is common for one of the analysis methods (quantitative or qualitative) to be more dominate when doing MMR. Elizabeth then discusses some core assumptions and beliefs about mixed methods.

Part 2: Integrated and Non-Integrated MMR Designs and Mixing Data

This part begins with continuing the Gasson example introduced in part 1, looking at a social network analysis. Elizabeth discusses how the types of interactions were organized through a qualitative analysis procedure called thematic analysis after collecting quantitative data. The difference between integrated and non-integrated MMR designs is provided, and how it works on a spectrum. We get to see an example of a sequential MMR design, and then an explanation of fully integrated, where analysis methods can be done in parallel, and gives an example from an intensive language learning context. Elizabeth shows and provides contexts for the pros and cons of non-integrated, hybrid, and integrated MMR designs. She then talks about how you mix data and talks about five analytical strategies.

Part 3: Digital Timelining and Dispelling Myths

A basic joint display is discussed, and then digital timelining. A digital timelining example is showed focusing on Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK). Elizabeth then talks about some of the challenges and misconceptions that exist about MMR, such as qualitative and quantitative are from different paradigms and therefore it is inherently incompatible to mix the methods. Digital resources for conducting MMR are then mentioned, and free online webinar videos are discussed.

Part 4: Q&A

The last part of the video goes into questions, where topics addressed are:

  • Ways to make the case for institutions to get licenses for qualitative analysis software.
  • Amazon Mechanical Turk issues with bots (and general pros and cons of crowdsourcing for recruiting participants)
  • Features of qualitative software such as auto-coding and transcribing
  • Examples and where to find geographic information system (GIS) MMR resources
  • Dispelling the myths of being able to only use frequency (or just counts) for MMR
  • Benefits of qualitative and mixed methods (cited more highly, cross-disciplinary, etc.)

Virtual Reality Panel

Part 1: Historical Immersive Virtual Worlds

Lynn Ramey, Director of the Center for Digital Humanities and French professor, begins with what inspired her to look into virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in her scholarship. We are shown examples of VR worlds of the past that students have created, requiring them to read about the history and do some research to attempt to portray realistic representations in the virtual environments.

Part 2: Augmented Reality Research with Agent-Based Modeling of Complex Systems

Corey Brady, assistant professor of Mathematics Education, contextualizes his AR research around complex systems and agent-based modeling, noting that people can be made at attempting to model complex systems. He shows example of a participatory simulation of an infectious virus that his students were involved in, and then expanded on this simulation by creating wearables to capture and show those AR simulations.

Part 3: Virtual Reality in the Arts

Krista Knight, of the Cinema & Media Arts and Theatre departments, explains how necessity became the creator of innovation, with the COVID-19 pandemic causing her to rethink art and playwrighting. She took this opportunity of not having live theater to create a VR play using motion capture, VR headsets, and other tools. Krista gives examples of the process of video creation and production. Krista then shows a supercut of the final product that was released on social media and YouTube, and even ended up winning the Broadway On-Demand Film Festival!

Part 4: Photogrammetry for Archeological Ruins and Artifacts

Giles Morrow, postdoctoral research fellow at the Data Science Institute, finishes the panel with talking about recreating archeology ruins using photogrammetry and the AR views that can be seen of the landscapes. Some of the sites that they have been able to recreate no longer exist, so it is impossible to “walk through” and examine them without these photo-realistic and accurately scaled virtual environments. Giles then shows an example of Spatial, which allows avatars to move around and interact with some of these recreated models as well as other researchers in a virtual environment.

Part 5: Q&A Session

Questions addressed include:

  • How do you get started in this area?
  • What are the costs associated with getting involved in the VR/AR space?
  • Oculus options (licensed vs. unlicensed)?
  • Are there alternative/open-source software products that can be used?
  • Is it possible to incorporate VR with live music/performances?

AR/VR Resources

This short clip is facilitated by Ole Molvig, and provides resources for faculty interested in tools and technologies surrounding VR/AR such as VR headsets, that Vanderbilt can supply faculty with.

Text Analysis Panel

Part 1: The Culture of Litigation

Mark Schoenfield, English professor at Vanderbilt, discusses looking through a British Periodicals database (from a litigation perspective). There is an explanation of data preparation, complex searches, natural language processing, topic modeling, and querying by concepts. He shows examples of Notebooks created in Databricks, a text analysis software.

Part 2: Models for Context-Specific Description and Inference in Social Science

Pedro Rodriguez, a post-doctoral fellow in the Data Science Institute and Political Science department, discusses a way to quantify systematic differences in the meaning of words across group and time. The work leverages pre-trained word embeddings and adjusts them to a local context by embedding them into a regression framework. This work was looked at through a political science frame (partisan differences of language used). It also offers the ability to look into why various words may change meanings/usages over particular time periods. The work used an R package for the analysis.

Part 3: Q&A

Questions addressed include:

  • Does the R package used in Part 3 cover short texts/small sample sizes as well as large ones?
  • Having the humanists on the panel reflect on entering into this technological dialogue/space (Have their perspectives changed? Are they asking very different questions now than when they started? Etc.)
  • What backgrounds/paths led to getting involved in text analysis?