Workshops

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 (Advanced)

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: Monday, February 7th, 2022
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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Writing Wednesday Workshop: Research 101

Presenters: Jasmine Shumaker

Are you confused between Google Searching and database searching? This workshop is designed to give you an overview of how to begin the searching process, with an introduction to the AOK Library’s searching tools. Attendees will also learn about how the Writing Center can help in the writing process. Feel free to bring questions and an appetite to learn!

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL)
Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
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ID: 26207507191
Password: H6Fn3yaqSg2

How to Write a STEM Literature Review (Introduction)

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: Thursday, February 10th, 2022
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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How to use Zotero for citation management

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.

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL)
Modality: Synchronous
Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Time: 4:00-5:00pm
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ID: 26231568096
Password: gXf3Y7b9c65

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: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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ID: 26231096431
Password: ePn9RDFp4R4

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 2, 2022
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
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ID: 26214421117
Password: TAtkpWbx237

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 9, 2022
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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ID: 26209279076
Password: N5XfphnMm83

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: Tuesday, March 15, 2022
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: TWednesday, March 30, 2022
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, March 30, 2022
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
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Link to Webex meeting
ID: 26247403476
Password: 8MvcXjZRB36

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: Tuesday, April 5th, 2022
Time: 12:00pm-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, April 18, 2022
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
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Online Digital Privacy

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. 2022 can be the year that you take back your online personal information!

Series: Lights on Learning (LoL)
Modality: Synchronous
Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
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ID: 26207159199
Password: NZuiRRta238

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 4, 2022
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
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Link to join Webex meeting
ID: 26201234439
Password: 9XNm7dGNPZ3

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: asynchronous
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


Retrospective Storytelling, Meaning-Making, and Generativity (the passing down of wisdom): Black Intergenerational Stories About Love

Presenter: Shenita Denson

Shenita Denson’s research is centered on the stories we hear and tell – and those we wish we heard or told – around intimate topics and how they impact our identities, relationships, and our health/well-being. For her dissertation, Denson is focusing on the intergenerational stories in the Black community around love and how the meanings (or omission) of these stories have impacted individuals throughout the life course. Utilizing concepts of time, space, place and generativity (the passing down of wisdom), her research challenges us to examine how the communities in which we belong, can be impacted through the use of telling stories, and the impacts of silencing them.

Bio: Born and raised in the American south by amazing military parents, Shenita quickly developed a love for diverse cultures, hugs, the arts, storytelling + food for the soul. Additionally, she learned the value of discipline, having a strong work-ethic, and being efficient. As an outgoing introvert, Shenita is relationships-focused and human-centered and prides herself on being an organic communicator and natural networker. Shenita is a PhD candidate in the Language, Literacy, and Culture doctoral program with an anticipated graduation date of this summer. She is also an Education Program Specialist with the US Department of State, where she assesses and facilitates culturally relevant trainings at the Foresign Services Institute. When time allows, she helps individuals and organizations to tell their community-engaged stories through reflective, public speaking, and writing exercises. For more information, please visit www.shenitadenson.com.

Series: Spotlight (S)
Modality: Virtual
Date: Friday, April 22, 2022
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

View the Fall 2021 Spotlight! Symposium archive here.