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2021 Spring Research Scholars Virtual Workshops

This informative series of six virtual workshops is designed to aid researchers, of all levels, with scholarly publishing, technical writing tips, citation management, searches and more.

All one-hour workshops are on Wednesdays at 3:30 pm on Zoom. Anyone is welcomed to join these virtual workshops. All students, Iowa Honors Program, researchers, staff, and faculty. The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants one hour before the workshop starts.

If any questions or concerns, please email Marina Zhang (qianjin-zhang@uiowa.edu or lib-engineering@uiowa.edu). Presenters include those from Lichtenberger Engineering Library, Marvin A. Pomerantz Business Library, the Graduate College, Elsevier, and the Writing Center.


February 3: Company Information

This virtual workshop will provide instruction on how to use several different databases, including researching company information and data. Knowing about a company before meeting with their representatives is a great way to prepare for the College of Engineering Spring 2021 Career Fair, held virtually February 11, 2021. Presented by Willow Fuchs, Business Reference & Instruction Librarian of the Marvin A. Pomerantz Business Library.

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Researching Company Information (Video) Presentation by Willow Fuchs, Business Reference & Instruction Librarian of the Marvin A. Pomerantz Business Library

February 17: Thesis Formatting and Submission

Learn about the thesis submission process, including issues related to copyright and embargo, and additional resources available from the Graduate College. Begin to understand the Microsoft Word tools that can be used to format a thesis. Presented by Erin Kaufman, Academic Affairs Coordinator – Thesis & Dissertation of the Graduate College.

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March 3: Finding and Using a Good Writing Model

In this virtual workshop the discussion will look at common challenges faced by students writing at the graduate level. Various ways to energize and organize your writing will also be covered. Discover techniques to give your project momentum and motivate daily writing during this phase of your graduate research. Presented by Deirdre Egan, Assistant Director of the University Writing Center.

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March 17: Introduction to LaTeX Editor – Overleaf 

LaTeX is a document preparation system which uses markup tagging conventions to define the general structure of a document, to format text, and to add citations and cross-references. Instead of trouble shooting LaTeX software and packages locally in your computer, you can take advantage of the online LaTeX editor, Overleaf. In this virtual workshop the free version of Overleaf and LaTeX basics will be introduced. Presented by Marina Zhang, Engineering & Informatics Librarian of the Lichtenberger Engineering Library

Please create your Overleaf account at https://www.overleaf.com/login and download the template before the workshop.

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March 31: How to Get Your Research Published and Noticed

This virtual workshop will discuss identifying the right journal, understanding the peer review process, structuring your article, how to get your research noticed, and publishing ethics. Presented by David Parsons, Senior Customer Marketing Manager for Elsevier.

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April 21: Creating Citations Quickly & Easily with EndNote

An introduction to the desktop version of EndNote will be covered in this workshop. The software is freely available to Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff. EndNote is a citation management tool that assists with importing, organizing, sharing, and managing citations and documents, as well as create correctly formatted in-text citations and bibliographies in almost any style — in seconds. This interactive virtual workshop will cover everything needed to get up and running with EndNote.

Presented by Marina Zhang, Engineering & Informatics Librarian of the Lichtenberger Engineering Library

Please download and install EndNote (https://its.uiowa.edu/campus-software-program/endnote) onto your computer before the workshop.  The full desktop version of EndNote is free to Graduate Students, Staff, and Faculty.

Video Tutorial on Downloading/Installing EndNote

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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Kari Kozak, at kari-kozak@uiowa.edu in advance of the event.