Research Scholars Workshops with the Engineering Library with Iowa LogoThis informative series of three virtual workshops is designed to aid researchers, of all levels, with scholarly publishing, technical writing tips, citation management, searches and more.

All 45-minute workshops are Wednesdays at 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm on Zoom. Anyone is welcomed to join these virtual workshops. All students, Iowa Honors Program, researchers, staff, and faculty.

Registration is required – the Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants one hour before the workshop starts.

If any questions or concerns, please email Marina Zhang ( or Presenters include those from Lichtenberger Engineering Library, the Speaking Center, and IEEE.

February 16 – 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 workshop, we will introduce the free version of Overleaf and LaTeX basics. Presented by Marina Zhang, Engineering & Informatics Librarian, Lichtenberger Engineering Library.

Before the workshop, sign up for Overleaf free account and copy the template and slides.

To make a copy of the documents:

  1. Follow the link to the Overleaf Project Template and Slides
  2. In the “Menu” select on “Copy Project”
  3. Rename the file


March 30 – Creating and Presenting a Research Poster

This workshop will help you make your poster presentation more effective. Learn to think about the prospective audience, poster content, and design considerations in a poster layout. Presented by Robert Peck, Speaking Center.

Find more information at the University of Iowa Speaking Center’s website.

The recording of the workshop is available online. A portion of the workshop was watching “How to create a better research poster in less time” – video below:


April 13 – Understanding the Publishing Process: Behind the Scenes with IEEE

Slides from the workshop are available.

A recording can be viewed on the UI Capture Website.

This workshop will cover:

  • Tips for selecting an appropriate IEEE periodical or conference
  • How successful IEEE authors structure quality work to improve their chances of being accepted
  • Insights into what editors look for in a submission and why editors and reviewers reject papers
  • Tools & resources to help authors through the publishing process including IEEE’s Author Center, Publication Recommender, and Reference Preparation Assistance
  • Strategies for using IEEE Xplore effectively for a literature review.

Presented by Jalyn Kelley, IEEE Client Services Manager.

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 in advance of the event.