Library Workshops and Events: October 2022


Demystifying the Literature Review

Date: Oct. 5 
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. 

A literature review can seem like an overwhelming and daunting task, but it is a crucial academic skill. It is essential to research, and is frequently required in course assignments throughout university. This session will break down the reasons why we do literature reviews and the steps one must take in order to ensure a sufficient and/or thorough exploration of the resources where the literature is found. Tips and tricks for managing the process will be offered. Participants will have increased confidence in defining and conducting the literature review, and will become familiar with the key resources required to complete one.


Getting Started with Systematic Reviews

Date: Oct. 13
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 pm.

This session is intended for students, research assistants and faculty who are planning to undertake a systematic review, or who are interested in applying systematic research methods to a current project. We will discuss the core components of a systematic review, what makes a review ‘systematic’, and how to apply advanced research skills when searching the literature. There will be a particular focus on how best to utilize the library’s resources when undertaking a systematic review. Participants may wish to look at the online guide in advance of the session: https://learn.library.ryerson.ca/systematic_reviews


Demystifying the Literature Review

Date: Oct. 18 
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

A literature review can seem like an overwhelming and daunting task, but it is a crucial academic skill. It is essential to research, and is frequently required in course assignments throughout university. This session will break down the reasons why we do literature reviews and the steps one must take in order to ensure a sufficient and/or thorough exploration of the resources where the literature is found. Tips and tricks for managing the process will be offered. Participants will have increased confidence in defining and conducting the literature review, and will become familiar with the key resources required to complete one.


Navigating the Library’s E-Resources

Date: Oct. 18 
Time: 11a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Learn how to use the Library’s extensive collection of electronic databases to find the best, most scholarly, and most relevant information available today. This is the type of information your professors want you to use in your assignments and essays. Instruction will be given in searching for and retrieving full-text journal articles for your research assignments. The difference between freely-available Internet-based resources and scholarly sources of information will be discussed. This workshop will be conducted through Zoom. You will be sent a link to the session shortly before the session starts.


Getting Started with LaTeX: An Intro to Basic Features

Date: Oct. 20 
Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. 

LaTeX is a document preparation system widely used in many STEM fields. As an alternative to MS Word or Google Docs, LaTeX specializes in the creation of professional documents, and excels in typesetting equations, inserting figures and graphics, and managing references. If you haven’t used it before there is a learning curve, but once you are familiar with some basic commands you can create professional-looking documents very easily. This workshop will provide a quick overview of core LaTeX features and will get you started with a simple document in Overleaf. Note: No previous knowledge of LaTeX is required.

Reading Scholarly Articles Strategically

Date: Oct. 24 

Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Did you know that scholarly articles require a different approach to reading than the one you’d use for a novel or a newspaper? This workshop will break down the jargon, teach the different elements of a scholarly article, and explain how to read strategically. Learning to read scholarly articles strategically will save you time on your readings and make you a more effective researcher.


Introduction to Zotero

Date: Oct. 25 
Time: 11 p.m. – 12 p.m.

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool that helps you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Zotero lets you add citations to journal articles, websites and books with a single click. You can also use it to create footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations, or bibliographies in the style of your choice. Use of a citation manager is highly recommended for graduate students, faculty, and research assistants. For more information on Zotero, and to sign up and download, visit: https://learn.library.ryerson.ca/zotero


Writing a Data Management Plan using DMP Assistant

Date: Oct. 27 
Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. 

A data management plan (DMP) is a document that outlines what data will be created, and what you will do with that data during and after your research project. Documenting a plan for your data is good practice and an integral part of responsible data management. This workshop will go through the steps of creating a data management plan using DMP Assistant, an online tool that follows best practices in data stewardship and walks you through key questions about your data.

DMP Assistant: https://assistant.portagenetwork.ca/


Demystifying the Literature Review

Date: Oct. 28
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

A literature review can seem like an overwhelming and daunting task, but it is a crucial academic skill. It is essential to research, and is frequently required in course assignments throughout university. This session will break down the reasons why we do literature reviews and the steps one must take in order to ensure a sufficient and/or thorough exploration of the resources where the literature is found. Tips and tricks for managing the process will be offered. Participants will have increased confidence in defining and conducting the literature review, and will become familiar with the key resources required to complete one.


Library Workshops and Events: September 2022

Library Introduction & Orientation
(In-person session)

Date: Sept. 1, 2022
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Would you like to get a head start on preparing for your academic research? Or get inspired by the Library’s GoPro action cameras, 3D printers and other tech? Want to relax and watch streaming videos from our collection? Come visit the University Library and learn how librarians will work with you to transform ideas into questions, take those questions and help you find useful academic resources, take those resources and show you how to navigate and apply them to your work.


Adapting Your Research for Audio

Date: Sept. 27, 2022
Time: 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Audio often requires a different kind of narrative, one that might lead you to contextualize your research a little bit differently or understand it from another perspective. In this online workshop, participants will learn about telling the engaging story of research and writing for audio, adapting from their academic writing, and combining it with sound. We will listen to examples and work through an exercise together. This is not a technical workshop. No experience is required.

Navigating the Library’s E-resources

Date: Sept. 28, 2022
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Learn how to use the Library’s extensive collection of electronic databases to find the best, most scholarly, and most relevant information available today. This is the type of information your professors want you to use in your assignments and essays. Instruction will be given in searching for and retrieving full-text journal articles for your research assignments. The difference between freely-available Internet-based resources and scholarly sources of information will be discussed. This workshop will be conducted through Zoom. You will be sent a link to the session shortly before the session starts.


Demystifying the Literature Review

Date: Sept. 29, 2022
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

A literature review can seem like an overwhelming and daunting task, but it is a crucial academic skill. It is essential to research and is frequently required in course assignments throughout university. This session will break down the reasons why we do literature reviews and the steps one must take in order to ensure a sufficient and/or thorough exploration of the resources where the literature is found. Tips and tricks for managing the process will be offered. Participants will have increased confidence in defining and conducting the literature review and will become familiar with the key resources required to complete one.


Past Online Workshops