Classes & Workshops

Attend classes and workshops offered by the library to improve your research skills, use information resources more effectively, and learn about new technologies and tools.

All classes are free and open to students, faculty, and staff. Unless otherwise noted, all workshops will be held in IC-120 and will last for approximately 30 minutes.

If you’re not able to attend a workshop, but would like to learn about the topic, please feel welcome to contact us. We can schedule additional workshops for groups, or plan one on one meetings.

For more information please email cud-ref@luc.edu.

Print a list of of all library classes for Fall 2014 (PDF)

Fall 2014 Calendar

  • Why We Cite? Plagiarism and Citation for Graduate Students
    Thursday September 18 • 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm •
    Citation and plagiarism are serious issues, even for advanced students, but why? This workshop will explore some of the history of citation and discuss the impact of plagiarism for larger academic discussions. Questions may be sent to Ben Aldred (baldred@luc.edu).
     
  • First Year Workshop Series: Learning Styles and Developing Good Work Habits
    Thursday September 18 • 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm •
    Everyone has ways they like to learn and work, and you can use your own particular style to your advantage. At this workshop you’ll learn about ways you can recognize your own work habits and use them to your advantage. We’ll also talk about ways to develop good work routines and ways to succeed in all the different situations college throws at you, from group projects to research papers. Questions may be sent to Sarah Morris (smorris4@luc.edu).
     
  • Internet Research Secrets
    Tuesday September 23 • 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm •
    Looking to streamline your internet research process? Want to learn how to take advantage of RSS feeds, Readers, and App Connectors? Check out this class to see how you can take advantage of some simple tricks to get the internet to do the research for you! Questions may be sent to Will Kent (wkent@luc.edu).
     
  • First Year Workshop Series: Critical Thinking and Evaluation Skills
    Wednesday September 24 • 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm •
    We’ve all heard it - don’t believe everything you hear (or read, or see). But how do your sort out fact from fiction? Come to this workshop to learn about tips and tricks to help you critically evaluate different types of information. With strong evaluation skills you’ll be ready to tackle a research paper or debunk that wacky article someone shared on Facebook. Questions may be sent to Sarah Morris (smorris4@luc.edu).
     
  • Internet Research Secrets
    Thursday September 25 • 1:40 pm - 2:10 pm •
    Looking to streamline your internet research process? Want to learn how to take advantage of RSS feeds, Readers, and App Connectors? Check out this class to see how you can take advantage of some simple tricks to get the internet to do the research for you! Questions may be sent to Will Kent (wkent@luc.edu).
     
  • First Year Workshop Series: Critical Thinking and Evaluation Skills
    Thursday September 25 • 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm •
    We’ve all heard it - don’t believe everything you hear (or read, or see). But how do your sort out fact from fiction? Come to this workshop to learn about tips and tricks to help you critically evaluate different types of information. With strong evaluation skills you’ll be ready to tackle a research paper or debunk that wacky article someone shared on Facebook. Questions may be sent to Sarah Morris (smorris4@luc.edu).
     
  • First Year Workshop Series: Managing Your Research and Staying Connected
    Monday September 29 • 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm •
    Feeling overwhelmed by your work? Not sure what to do with all your research? This class will introduce you to tips, tricks, and tools, from cloud storage to mind-mapping, to help you keep your work organized and under control. Questions may be sent to Sarah Morris (smorris4@luc.edu).
     
  • Social Explorer: Making Maps Fun and Easy
    Tuesday September 30 • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm •
    Maps are one of the easiest ways of visualizing data. They liven up presentations, improve projects and make complicated data easier to understand. Social Explorer is one of several tools available that make map making easy. This workshop will demonstrate not only how to make a map out of the available data, but also how to make a map easier to interpret using color selection, transparency, and sensible selection of geographic details. We will also cover exporting maps for use in documents and presentations. Questions may be sent to Ben Aldred (baldred@luc.edu).
     
  • Citation Searching: Tracking Research over Time
    Tuesday September 30 • 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm •
    Citation searching allows you to identify references that cite or are cited by other scholarly sources. Citation searching helps find new research based on earlier research, and can identify how many times and where an article has been cited. Discover how citation searching can assist you in your research, and compare results using the Web of Science database and Google Scholar. Questions may be sent to Stephen Macksey (smackse@luc.edu).
     
  • PsycINFO: Introduction to Effective Searching
    Wednesday October 1 • 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm •
    Are you writing a research paper on a topic in psychology? Come learn about PsycINFO, the premier database for psychology research. This session will provide a basic overview of PsycINFO search techniques. This workshop will be of most interest to those who are new to the PsycINFO database, but it may also provide a useful review for anyone wishing to update their PsycINFO search skills. Questions may be sent to Stephen Macksey (smackse@luc.edu).
     
  • Citation Searching: Tracking Research over Time
    Thursday October 2 • 10:00 am - 11:00 am •
    Citation searching allows you to identify references that cite or are cited by other scholarly sources. Citation searching helps find new research based on earlier research, and can identify how many times and where an article has been cited. Discover how citation searching can assist you in your research, and compare results using the Web of Science database and Google Scholar. Questions may be sent to Stephen Macksey (smackse@luc.edu).
     
  • PsycINFO: Beyond the Basics
    Thursday October 2 • 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm •
    This workshop will focus on advanced features of the PsycINFO database, including Multi-Field Searching, establishing a Personal Account to save searches and projects, and creating AutoAlerts to receive regular updates on a research topic. This workshop will be of most interest to regular users of PsycINFO, though all are welcome. Questions may be sent to Stephen Macksey (smackse@luc.edu).
     
  • First Year Workshop Series: Managing Your Research and Staying Organized
    Thursday October 2 • 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm •
    Feeling overwhelmed by your work? Not sure what to do with all your research? This class will introduce you to tips, tricks, and tools, from cloud storage to mind-mapping, to help you keep your work organized and under control. Questions may be sent to Sarah Morris (smorris4@luc.edu).
     
  • JSTOR: Old and New
    Monday October 6 • 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm •
    JSTOR remains an essential database for finding and accessing journal articles in many disciplines, but did you know that JSTOR has introduced new tools for searching and analyzing the JSTOR corpus? This workshop will teach you how to perform advanced searches in JSTOR and provide an introduction to Data for Research, JSTOR’s new platform for text analysis. Questions may be sent to Niamh McGuigan (nmcguigan@luc.edu).
     
  • RefWorks: Citation Management and Bibliography Creation
    Tuesday October 7 • 9:30 am - 10:30 am •
    Join us for an informative program on RefWorks, a web-based bibliographic software that enables you to organize your research, include in-text citations while you write your paper, build a bibliography in a variety of citation styles, and Import references from many data sources. Questions may be sent to Kristina Schwoebel (kschwoe@luc.edu).
     
  • Public Sources for Health Data
    Tuesday October 7 • 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm •
    Looking for free resources about health and health statistics? There are several national and international organizations that provide free data about public health. This session will cover where to find them and demonstrate some applications for the data. Questions may be sent to Will Kent (wkent@luc.edu).
     
  • RefWorks: Citation Management and Bibliography Creation
    Tuesday October 7 • 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm •
    Join us for an informative program on RefWorks, a web-based bibliographic software that enables you to organize your research, include in-text citations while you write your paper, build a bibliography in a variety of citation styles, and Import references from many data sources. Questions may be sent to Kristina Schwoebel (kschwoe@luc.edu).
     
  • Refworks: Citation Management and Bibliography Creation
    Wednesday October 8 • 9:30 am - 10:30 am •
    Join us for an informative program on RefWorks, a web-based bibliographic software that enables you to organize your research, include in-text citations while you write your paper, build a bibliography in a variety of citation styles, and Import references from many data sources. Questions may be sent to Kristina Schwoebel (kschwoe@luc.edu).
     
  • How To Read: Faster or Slower, but Certainly Smarter
    Wednesday October 8 • 3:45 pm - 4:15 pm •
    Reading habits and styles are changing. Academic work continues to require a carefully considered combination of effective skimming and careful in-depth reading with strategies to organize and retain content. Discover strategies and solutions to reading dilemmas by attending this workshop. Questions may be sent to Jane Currie (jcurrie@luc.edu).
     
  • JSTOR: Old and New
    Thursday October 9 • 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm •
    JSTOR remains an essential database for finding and accessing journal articles in many disciplines, but did you know that JSTOR has introduced new tools for searching and analyzing the JSTOR corpus? This workshop will teach you how to perform advanced searches in JSTOR and provide an introduction to Data for Research, JSTOR’s new platform for text analysis. Questions may be sent to Niamh McGuigan (nmcguigan@luc.edu).
     
  • Public Sources for Health Data
    Thursday October 9 • 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm •
    Looking for free resources about health and health statistics? There are several national and international organizations that provide free data about public health. This session will cover where to find them and demonstrate some applications for the data. Questions may be sent to Will Kent (wkent@luc.edu).
     
  • RefWorks: Citation Management and Bibliography Creation
    Friday October 10 • 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm •
    Join us for an informative program on RefWorks, a web-based bibliographic software that enables you to organize your research, include in-text citations while you write your paper, build a bibliography in a variety of citation styles, and Import references from many data sources. Questions may be sent to Kristina Schwoebel (kschwoe@luc.edu).
     
  • Journal Impact Factor
    Monday October 13 • 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm •
    The Journal Impact Factor is the most widely recognized measure of the relative research impact of individual journals. This workshop will include an overview of the Journal Impact Factor, as well as alternate approaches for measuring journal impact. Questions may be sent to Stephen Macksey (smackse@luc.edu).
     
  • Zotero
    Tuesday October 14 • 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm •
    Do you have many citations to manage? Working in a group with citations? Interested in a new way of keeping track of resources? Curious about Zotero? Come check out this class. Questions may be sent to Will Kent (wkent@luc.edu).
     
  • Beyond Loyola: Research Libraries and Collections in Chicago
    Wednesday October 15 • 3:45 pm - 4:15 pm •
    Discover how you may take advantage of the rich library collections found in the Chicago area. Included will be Northwestern University, the University of Illinois Chicago, DePaul University, the Chicago Public Library, and special collections such as The Newberry Library. Questions may be sent to Jane Currie (jcurrie@luc.edu).