Workshops

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The AOK Library offers a variety of workshops for students, faculty, and staff at UMBC.

If you are interested in a topic but cannot attend our scheduled workshops, UMBC librarians will schedule and customize workshops to meet the needs of small groups. Request a Workshop here.



                                                                                                       


How to Write a STEM Literature Review

Presenter: Semhar Yohannes

Is writing the literature review a stumbling block? This workshop will help you to learn how to begin and advance your literature review, and how to connect your ideas to the literature in the field.

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL)
Date: Wednesday, Feb 17th, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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Zotero: Organize your Citations with Style

Presenter: Erin Durham

Have you ever wondered if there is a better way to organize your citations? Have you used citation software in the past but have some lingering questions? This workshop provides an overview of setting up a free Zotero account, adding sources to your Zotero library, and generating a bibliography. This will be a practical, hands-on workshop, and it is recommended that you bring your laptop (laptops will also be provided).

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL)
Modality: Synchronous
Date: Wednesday, February 24th, 2021
Time: 12:00-1:00pm
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EndNote Online

Presenter: Katy Sullivan

Learn how to utilize the full range of features included in the web-accessible citation manager. This hands-on workshop will focus on setting up an account, importing and transferring references, sharing references, and accessing your references in Microsoft Word.

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL) Modality: Synchronous
Date: Monday, March 1, 2021
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
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How to get started with Open Educational Resources

Presenter: Erin Durham

With the rising cost of textbooks, the use of open educational resources (OER) can significantly increase student learning and success. This workshop will introduce UMBC faculty to OER repositories of peer-reviewed course materials and simple strategies for incorporating them into your classes. Whether you have explored the open access movement before or are just starting out, this interactive workshop gives you practical tools and experience champion OER in the classroom with ease.

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL)
Modality: Synchronous
Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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Writing Wednesday Workshop: Stepping up your Research Game: Searching Strategically

Presenters: Beck Hertl & Writing Tutor TBD

Have you ever wondered how to maximize your research time? Have you wished that you could magically wake up to a perfect Works Cited page? This workshop is designed to save you research time and make it easier for you to find sources for your papers and projects. Feel free to bring in a research assignment that you are working on- this workshop features practical research strategies that you can use right away!

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL)
Modality: Synchronous
Date: Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
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How to write a Social Science/Humanities Literature Review

Presenter: Erin Durham & Drew Alfgren

What are some of the best strategies and tips for writing a literature review? Whether you are just starting out with your research or have been involved in your project for a while, this workshop is for you.

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL)
Modality: Synchronous
Date: Monday, March 8th, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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Creating an Academic Research Poster Using PowerPoint

Presenter: Semhar Yohannes & Jasmine Shumaker

An academic research poster is a visual communication tool that allows you to present your research in a clear, concise, graphic format. Learn how to create a poster that stands out. In this workshop, learn the design principles and guidelines that will help you create an effective and aesthetically pleasing poster using PowerPoint. We’ll discuss layout, fonts, colors, graphics and more.

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL) Modality: Synchronous
Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
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How to Conduct a Preliminary U.S. Patent Search

Presenter: Semhar Yohannes

Patent searching can be a daunting and overwhelming process. Come learn how to conduct preliminary patent searches of U.S. patents and published applications using the free online resource USPTO.

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL)
Modality: Synchronous
Date: Monday, April 5th, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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Writing Wednesday Workshop: How to Cite Sources for your Research & Writing

Presenters: Erin Durham & Writing Tutor

Do you have questions about how to cite and incorporate sources in your writing assignments? Avoid accidental plagiarism by learning how to properly cite your sources and show your skill as an academic writer & researcher.

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL) Modality: Synchronous
Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
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Creating an Academic Research Poster Using PowerPoint

Presenter: Semhar Yohannes & Jasmine Shumaker

An academic research poster is a visual communication tool that allows you to present your research in a clear, concise, graphic format. Learn how to create a poster that stands out. In this workshop, learn the design principles and guidelines that will help you create an effective and aesthetically pleasing poster using PowerPoint. We’ll discuss layout, fonts, colors, graphics and more.

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL) Modality: Synchronous
Date: Monday, April 12, 2021
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
myUMBC
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Data Privacy: Protecting your online footprint

Presenters: Erin Durham, Katy Sullivan, Jasmine Shumaker

Have you ever wondered how to keep your online footprint more private? This workshop gives strategies of how to restrict online companies from using your data for commercial purposes. In this workshop we will discuss Google privacy settings, online privacy terms and conditions, and general privacy vulnerabilities. 2021 can be the year that you take back your online personal information!

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL)
Modalities: Synchronous
Date: Wednesday, April 28th, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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Writing Wednesday Workshop: Finding Your Flow: Navigating Final Papers

Presenters: Elaine MacDougall & Writing Tutor TBD

Ready to write your final paper but not sure where to start? Gather what you’ve got so far (even if it’s just the assignment description), and join us for this workshop where we will offer plenty of tips and tricks to get you motivated and excited to find your flow for your final paper!

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL)
Modality: Synchronous
Date: Wednesday, May 5th, 2021
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Understanding MATLAB

Presenter: Semhar Yohannes

MATLAB is a popular mathematical software package that combines efficient linear algebra operations and powerful graphics with an intuitive, interactive user interface. MATLAB can be useful for a wide range of applications from basic matrix and vector manipulations to full-color 2-D and 3-D visualization. The Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Consulting (CIRC) has created the following videos to get you familiar with MATLAB. Click the link below for demo videos and associated files.

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL)
Modality: Synchronous
Date: asynchronous

Understanding R

Presenter: Semhar Yohannes

R is a powerful open source software system for statistical computing. It has become immensely popular due to its intuitive programming language, built-in support for statistical procedures, and ability to produce beautiful graphics. R is extensible through a package system, and numerous contributions from its user community are freely available. R is available on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux platforms. The Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Consulting (CIRC) has created the following videos to get you familiar with R. Click the link below for demo videos and associated files.

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL)
Modality: asynchronous
Date: asynchronous


Ethnic-racial Socialization Practices, Gender, and Academic

Presenter: Nicole Telfer

Parents of color, specifically, engage in ethnic-racial socialization (ERS) practices to increase youth's self-esteem, as well as protect them from racial bias and discrimination. Studies have found that ERS practices have implications for youths' academic achievement outcomes, and these outcomes may also vary by gender. In this presentation, Nicole Telfer will talk about a study done the under the supervision of Dr. Nicole Else-Quest that examined the relationship between ERS practices and academic achievement with gender as a moderating variable.

Series: Spotlight (S)
Modality: Synchronous
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Baltimore’s Radical Feminists: Community Empowerment and Urban Communes in the 1970s

Presenters: Jodi Kelber-Kaye & April Householder

In the early 1970s, some young female academics moved to Baltimore to teach and to organize what they hoped would be the socialist feminist revolution, in addition to other revolutions they planned to inspire. In the city, they found peace activists, feminist therapists, students and young wives eager to connect with women in the varied activities of second-wave feminism. Many of these newcomers gravitated to the cheap rents in the neighborhoods of Charles Village and Waverly, where they established institutions of a vibrant counter-culture: urban communes and collectives, women’s therapy groups, a feminist bookstore, a child-care center, a people’s free medical clinic, a food co-op, a coffee house, and Women: A Journal of Liberation, a national radical feminist publication which flourished for the next fourteen years. These radical and socialist feminists created a local community that was revolutionary then and many of those women remain politically active in Baltimore today. This lecture will explore neighborhood and community histories and examine the unique radical feminist collectives, communes and organizations in Charles Village and Waverly in the 1970s and the historic attempts made by these activists at creating a living model for social change. Given the deeply embedded structural inequalities of today’s Baltimore, we contemplate how these histories are reflected in a vibrant city capable of building radical and intersectional social movements and a collective consciousness based on the concept of equity.

Series: Spotlight (S)
Modality: Synchronous
Date: Friday, March 5, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Get Excited by Fluorescence Microscopy

Presenter: Tagide deCarvalho

Fluorescence is a phenomenon whereby certain substances “glow” when absorbing light energy. A vast array of fluorescent molecules are used in the life sciences to visualize microscopic structures. In this workshop, Tagide deCarvalho will explain the physics behind fluorescence microscopy and how this dazzling technique is used for biological research and to produce artful images.

Series: Spotlight (S)
Modality: Synchronous
Date: Monday, March 29, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Photography as Evidence and Excuse

Presenter: Melissa Penley Cormier
Workshop coordinator (may or may not be the presenter): Semhar Yohannes

Description: This artist talk will center around photography as evidence and scientific data -- and how the act and process of photography is an excuse to look at, study deeply, and devote time to subjects. Using examples from Special Collections as well as images of her recent works, Melissa Penley Cormier will discuss how art and science inform and inspire each other in her own work as well as others'.

Series: Spotlight (S)
Date: Friday, April 23, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm