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Microsoft Excel 2013: The Fundamentals

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Register Now12:00 pm1:00 pm

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In this workshop, we will be introducing intermediate and advanced features of Microsoft Excel 2013, including importing and inspecting data, navigating, filtering and sorting. Along the way, we will point out keyboard shortcuts and show tips and tricks for accomplishing common tasks. We will have data for you to practice with in this hands-on session, but bring your own data and questions to try to stump the teachers as well!

Introduction to Bloomberg

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Register Now1:00 pm2:00 pm

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What do at least 250,000 investment professionals around the world have in common with each other? Bloomberg, the investment tool for finance professionals. The instructor will demonstrate the basics of Bloomberg navigation and research, as well as discuss how to gain a competitive advantage by completing the Bloomberg Essentials training program. Please plan to attend on time.

Introductory EndNote

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Register Now10:00 am11:30 am

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Having trouble keeping track of the research that you find? Working on a long paper or thesis? Manage your own database of references using EndNote. This class focuses on developing hands-on skills using EndNote for creating bibliographies. Ideal for those who need to manage large numbers of citations. Prerequisite: MS Windows or Macintosh experience.

Introduction to Bloomberg

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Register Now4:30 pm5:30 pm

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What do at least 250,000 investment professionals around the world have in common with each other? Bloomberg, the investment tool for finance professionals. The instructor will demonstrate the basics of Bloomberg navigation and research, as well as discuss how to gain a competitive advantage by completing the Bloomberg Essentials training program. Please plan to attend on time.

Introduction to Data Management

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Register Now12:00 pm1:30 pm

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It is increasingly important that scientists are aware of how to manage research data in order to facilitate their research. The NSF requires a data management plan with all grant applications (including dissertation improvement grants!), but data management is just as important for the individual researcher trying to document and organize files, track scientific output, and perform quality control. Many of these skills are learned by trial and error, or passed on by peers. We will speed up that process, focusing on the best practices of scientists and institutions that provide a framework for managing your research data.

Introduction to Refworks and Refworks Flow

Monday, September 22, 2014
Register Now3:00 pm4:30 pm

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This class will provide an introduction to RefWorks, a reference management software program freely available to the Cornell community, as well as its new sister program Refworks Flow. Web-based, EndNote-like products, RefWorks & Flow allow users to easily import and organize references from online database searches and format their papers and bibliographies. Come learn what they share, and how they're different. Bring your own laptop to this session, or check one out at Mann Circulation. This class will be held in Mann 160

Microsoft Excel 2013: Formulas and Functions

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Register Now12:00 pm1:30 pm

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Much of Microsoft Excel’s data-crunching power lies in formulas and functions, which allow a broad range of data analysis, from simple sums to lookup tables and everything in between. In this workshop, we will talk about some of our favorites, and then have hands-on practice building formulas and using functions. We will also have time for you to bring your data and questions for personalized help.

Introduction to Bloomberg

Monday, September 29, 2014
Register Now2:00 pm3:00 pm

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What do at least 250,000 investment professionals around the world have in common with each other? Bloomberg, the investment tool for finance professionals. The instructor will demonstrate the basics of Bloomberg navigation and research, as well as discuss how to gain a competitive advantage by completing the Bloomberg Essentials training program. Please plan to attend on time.

Introduction to CapIQ

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Register Now1:00 pm2:00 pm

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Capital IQ is a powerful and sophisticated company data and finance research tool. From private company information, to mergers and acquisitions, It provides a tremendous amount of information much of which is extremely difficult to find elsewhere. This workshop will introduce you to navigation and customization of the vast amounts of data and information that can be found in Cap IQ.

Introduction to Zotero

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Register Now3:00 pm4:30 pm

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This hands-on workshop will introduce you to a freely available web-based citation management program: Zotero (www.zotero.org). No experience with the program is necessary, and it should be of interest those who already are using a program like Endnote or Refworks and those who are completely new to such programs. This course will give you a good overview of the similarities and differences between these programs and how they can be used to manage your research and format your papers. Bring your own laptop to this session, or check one out at Mann Circulation.
This class will be held in Mann 160. If you have any questions about this workshop, please email Jim Morris-Knower at jpk15@cornell.edu.

Data Documentation: An introduction to science metadata

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Register Now12:00 pm1:30 pm

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How do you describe your digital data and document the steps you take to analyze it? Are your files sufficiently organized and have you created the metadata so that others can interpret what you have done? What about yourself, three months from now? This workshop will offer some best practices and strategies to adopt in order to organize and describe your science research data for yourself and others.

Introduction to Mendeley

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Register Now10:00 am11:30 am

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This hands-on workshop will introduce you to Mendeley (www.mendeley.com, a popular citation management tool. No experience is necessary, and it should be of interest those who already are using a program like Endnote or Refworks -- and those who are completely new to such programs. This course will give you a good overview of the program, and how it can be used to manage your research and format your papers.

Bring your own laptop to this session, or check one out at Mann Circulation. This class will be held in Mann 160.

Manifold GIS

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Register Now2:00 pm4:00 pm

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This workshop will cover the basic concepts of GIS mapping and analysis using Manifold, a modern, low-cost, high-performance GIS application. Learn how to import different types of data, perform basic spatial analysis, and create maps. This workshop is intended for GIS novices, and also for experienced ArcGIS users who want to learn the basics of the Manifold interface.

Microsoft Excel 2013: Pivot Tables

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
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Sometimes it is difficult to analyze all of the information in your Microsoft Excel worksheet. PivotTables can help make your worksheets more manageable by summarizing data and allowing you to manipulate it in different ways. In this workshop, we will have hands-on practice using a pivot table to manipulate and summarize a dataset so that you will leave with a greater understanding of how and when to use this handy tool with your data.

ArcGIS - I

Thursday, October 9, 2014
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Introduction to Geographic Information Systems. This workshop consists of a brief overview of GIS concepts followed by hands-on tutorial using ArcGIS 10.1 to create your own digital map. Learn to join tabular data to state boundaries and make a thematic map displaying health statistics by state. (The same basic method can be used to display many other types of statistics.)

Data Sharing: How to get your data out there for others to find and use

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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The NSF and other funding agencies have already adopted data sharing policies. Publishers also have data sharing requirements, whether they host data themselves, or expect researchers to deposit data in a data center or to make it available upon request. So where should you share, and what should you think about when doing so? During this workshop, we'll discuss disciplinary databases, Cornell's eCommons digital repository, and some other sharing strategies, and we will introduce a set of criteria upon which to base your decision.

ArcGIS - II

Thursday, October 16, 2014
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Learn one of several ways to add your own data to a GIS. This workshop will begin with an overview of how to add data to a map using ArcGIS 10.0, including general principles and finding an appropriate basemap. Participants will then choose one or more of the following tutorials to work on: adding GPS data; geocoding street addresses; joining tabular data to existing geographic features; and georeferencing a scanned image.

Microsoft Excel 2013: Building Macros

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Macros in Excel enable you to automate repetitive tasks so that you can more easily do them again in the future. During this workshop, we will teach you how to record a macro and introduce you to the Visual Basic Editor for more advanced macro programming. You will leave with a greater awareness of when macros might be useful, hands on practice creating macros, and resources to continue your learning.

Poster Making and Printing

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Register Now5:00 pm6:00 pm

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Learn best practices and useful resources for research poster design in this short interactive workshop! We will judge some existing posters, review basic design principles, and cover the resources for poster printing at Mann Library. This session covers general design tips. For hands on work on yourposter, please see the session on Oct. 23rd

Poster Making and Printing Second Session

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Register Now5:00 pm6:30 pm

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In this hands on session, work on your poster in PowerPoint and get feedback from other attendees. Attendance at the general design workshop on Oct. 21st or review of the guide at http://guides.library.cornell.edu/poster is encouraged but not mandatory.

Intro to QGIS

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Register Now2:00 pm4:00 pm

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An introduction to QGIS, the premiere open-source desktop GIS application. Learn how to download and install the software, load data, make maps, and do basic analysis.

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Past Workshops

This is a list of the typical workshops that are offered at the Mann Library. If you do not see the workshop in the current list expect these workshops to be offered in the following semester.  Check back at the beginning of the semester to reserve your spot.

  • Citation Management- When it comes to software to manage your citations, There are quite a few  programs out there.  We  offer workshops every semester on four of them: RefWorks, Endnote, Zotero, and Mendeley.  Each citation management workshop is designed to demonstrate how to use the program, help you troubleshoot any issues you might be experiencing and get lots of hands-on practice.
  • Bloomberg- What do at least 250,000 investment professionals around the world have in common?  Understanding of the complex and sophisticated research finance tool known as Bloomberg.  Give yourself a competitive advantage by learning the basics of how to navigate Bloomberg quickly and efficiently.  Also, learn how you can give yourself an edge in your job search by completing the Bloomberg Essentials Training Program.
  • Capital IQ- a powerful company data and finance research tool.  From private company information, to mergers and acquisitions, it provides a tremendous amount of information with limited availability elsewhere.  This workshop will introduce you to navigation and customization of the vast amounts of data and other information that can be found in Cap IQ.
  • PubMed- A powerful research tool for researchers in the sciences.  These workshops are designed to show you how to use PubMed, conduct basic and advanced searches, and discover how to use PubMed to store your searches.  Although it is simple to use to the basic researcher, there are some advanced functions that require a bit of training.  Attend these workshops to find out what you are missing.
  • Data Management- The National Science Foundation (NSF) requires a data management plan with all grant applications, and growing numbers of funders and publishers have data sharing requirements. Data management is equally important for the individual researcher trying to document, organize and evaluate empirical information. This series of workshops cosponsored by Cornell’s Research Data Management Service Group include an introduction to data management plans, metadata to document data, and best practices for sharing and archiving research data. Consultations are also available by contacting rdmsg-help@cornell.edu.
  • Using Excel with Research Data- Microsoft Excel is a commonly used and powerful tool for entering, analyzing, and storing many types of research data. This series of workshops covers tips, tricks, and best practices for using Excel to work with your data. Taught at an intermediate user level, topics include formulas and functions, pivot tables, macros, and more.
  • GIS- Geographic Information System allows you to visualize and interpret data visually.  Each workshop demonstrates how to use a different program for GIS: Manifold GIS, or ArcGIS.  By attending these workshops you can learn the basics of the GIS program, how to import data, and perform basic spatial analysis.
  • Poster making and printing-Poster making and printing-Anyone can make a poster, but how do you make it an effective presentation tool and how do you print at Mann?  Attend this workshop to learn more about the basic design process of effective poster making: layout, graphics, text, and more.  Additional information is provided about Mann poster printing services via the Stone Computing Center.