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The Libraries offer 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.


                                              


Conducting a STEM Literature Review

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.

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room: LIB 259

Creating an Academic Research Poster Using PowerPoint

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.

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room: LIB 259

Finding your Flow: Final Papers

Feeling stuck with your final paper? Bring what you’ve got so far (even if it’s just the assignment description).

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room: LIB 259

How to Cite and Synthesize Sources in APA Style

Are you wanting to sharpen your APA citation skills? Have you ever wondered how to appropriately paraphrase and use sources in a paper? Never fear- this practical workshop is designed to save you research and writing time by dealing with citation tough stuff. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Library, Writing Center, and Psychology Department, and is appropriate for all students needing to write and cite in APA style.

Monday, February 25th, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room: LIB 259
Workshop presented by the Library, Writing Center, and Psychology Department

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room: LIB 259

Materials


APA Quick Guide

How to Cite Sources

Cite right! Learn the conventions of proper citation in our library workshop.

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room: LIB 259

How to Conduct a Preliminary U.S. Patent Search

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 free online resources of the USPTO.

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room: LIB 259

How to Write a Humanities Literature Review

What are some of the best strategies and tips for writing a literature review? Whether you are just starting out on your research or have been involved in your project for a while, this workshop is for you! This workshop will be Humanities focused, but all are welcome.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room: LIB 259

How to Write a Social Science Literature Review

What are some of the best strategies and tips for writing a social science literature review? Calling all social science students! Whether you are just starting out with your research or have been involved in your project for a while, this workshop is for you. This workshop is co-sponsored by the campus Center for Social Science Scholarship, and snacks will be provided.

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room: LIB 259

Open Educational Resources Workshop for Faculty

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.

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room: LIB 259

Research 101: What is Research Anyway?

In this interactive workshop, we will define different types of research and think about why we do research. Additionally, you will have time to explore your own research interests and how these interests might be applicable to your studies at UMBC.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room: LIB 259

Stepping Up Your Research Game: How to Search Strategically

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!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room: LIB 259

Zotero Workshop: Organize your Citations with Style

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).

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room: LIB 259


Basic MATLAB Spotlight Workshop

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. For more information, please attend this interactive workshop to learn more about MATLAB.

Thursday, February 21st, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room: LIB 259

How to Give a Good Presentation Spotlight Workshop

In this interactive workshop, we will discuss presentation design and delivery from multiple perspectives, allowing participants to discover their own unique presentation style. Examples of presentations will be provided and discussed, and participants will be given time to experiment and collaborate with others on their own projects. Leave the workshop feeling more prepared for your next presentation!

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room: LIB 259

MATLAB 3-D Graphics Spotlight Workshop

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. For more information, please attend this interactive workshop to learn more about MATLAB 3D Graphics.

Thursday, February 28th, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room: LIB 259

Reading Images in Context Spotlight Workshop

This workshop focuses on using images -- in particular, photographs -- in research. We will discuss tools for researching the source and history of photographs and how different contexts, from exhibitions to publications, shape the way we "read" photographs.

March 14th, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room: LIB 259

SPSS Spotlight Workshop

SPSS is a software for editing and analyzing data. SPSS for Windows provides a powerful statistical analysis and data management system in a graphical environment, using descriptive menus and simple dialog boxes to do most of the work for you. Most tasks can be accomplished simply by pointing and clicking the mouse. For more information, please attend this interactive workshop to learn more about SPSS.

Thursday, February 14th, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room: LIB 259

Telling Your Story Through Book Arts

Learn to tell your story using book arts.

April 9th, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room: LIB 259

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