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Current Workshops

Introduction to Mendeley

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Register Now3:00 pm4:00 pm

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Mendeley is a free,easy-to-use citation management tool that helps you store, organize, cite, and share your research. A must for anyone doing any kind of research project, be it a five page paper or a doctoral thesis. This hands-on introductory workshop will cover the basics and get you comfortable using the program—no prior experience necessary. 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. Please be sure to download and install Mendeley at mendeley.com before the workshop to follow along on your own computer.

Introduction to Zotero

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Register Now3:00 pm4:00 pm

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Zotero is a free, easy-to-use citation management tool that helps you store, organize, cite, and share your research. A must for anyone doing any kind of research project, be it a five page paper or a doctoral thesis. This hands-on introductory workshop will cover the basics and get you comfortable using the program—no prior experience necessary.
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. Please be sure to download and install Zotero at zotero.org before the workshop to follow along on your own computer.

Intro to QGIS

Monday, February 29, 2016
Register Now2:00 pm4:00 pm

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Learn the basics of mapping and geospatial analysis using QGIS, the popular open-source desktop GIS application. We will work through examples of loading common types of data, modifying the display styles, and performing some basic analysis.

Introduction to Zotero via WebEx

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Register Now3:00 pm4:30 pm

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This interactive online 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 to both those who already are using a program like Endnote and those who are completely new to such programs. This course will give you a good overview of Zotero and how you can use it to manage your research and format your papers. Please download and install Zotero (zotero.org) before the workshop in order to follow along on your own computer.

A url will be sent two weeks in advance for the session.
If you have any questions about this workshop, please email Jim Morris-Knower at jpk15@cornell.edu.

Managing data to facilitate your research: data management for researchers

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Register Now4:50 pm6:20 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. Many major funders require a data management plan with 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. In this workshop, we’ll focus on best practices that provide a framework for managing your research data. In the process, you will also begin to work on a personalized data management plan that satisfies NSF requirements, and that will help you to manage your data, saving time and enabling you to focus your efforts on your research.

Introductory EndNote via Webex

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Register Now4:00 pm5:00 pm

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Endnote is an easy-to-use citation management tool that helps you store, organize, cite, and share your research.  This online introductory workshop will cover the basics and get you comfortable using the program—no prior experience necessary.
It is not necessary to have the program installed on your computer for this workshop. Those who do wish to install will need to purchase it or, if you’re in CALS or CHE, download for free via your college’s site license website.   For CHE, download here: https://downloads.human.cornell.edu/endnote.cfm.  For CALS, download here: https://cals.cornell.edu/about/leadership/ofa/it/endnote-software.  
A url for logging into the workshop will be sent out  in advance. If you have any questions about this workshop, please email Jim Morris-Knower at jpk15@cornell.edu.

Data Cleaning: an Introduction to OpenRefine

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Register Now2:00 pm4:00 pm

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Got messy data? OpenRefine is a free and powerful tool for exploring, normalizing, and manipulating tabular data. This introductory workshop will teach you the basics of OpenRefine, including how to import data, discover and clean up inconsistent values, reformat dates, and expand values into multiple columns.

Data Documentation: An Introduction to Science Metadata

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Register Now4:30 pm6:00 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've 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.

Data Cleaning: Advanced OpenRefine

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
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Building on the basic capabilities of OpenRefine, join us in exploring advanced data manipulation using GREL, joining tables, installing extensions, and reconciling and enhancing data using local or remote services.

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

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Register Now4:30 pm6:00 pm

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Data journals, data sharing policies, institutional and subject repositories:… Are you confused about how to maximize your research data's potential? In light of developing funder requirements around public access to data, researchers need to have a strategy for publishing their data. So what data should you share, where can you put it, and what should you think about when doing so? During this workshop, we'll discuss eCommons (Cornell's digital repository), some other sharing strategies, and will introduce a set of criteria upon which to base your decision.

Poster Design

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Register Now5:00 pm6:30 pm

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Learn best practices and useful resources for research poster design! In this short interactive workshop, review basic design principles by judging existing posters, learn the resources for poster printing at Mann Library, and have an opportunity to work on your poster and get feedback.

Intro to CartoDB

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Register Now2:00 pm4:00 pm

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An introduction to CartoDB, a popular online tool for mapping and analysis. Learn how to set up a free account, load data, and quickly make maps in a variety of styles.

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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 three of them: 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 Systems allow you to visualize and analyze spatial data.  Introductory workshops are offered for specific GIS programs such as ArcGIS and QGIS.  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.