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Date: Monday, March 6, 2017
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Robarts Library
Campus: St. George (Downtown) Campus

Audience: Graduate students and faculty engaged in humanities and social sciences research

Date: Monday, March 6, 2017

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Location: Robarts Library, 4th floor electronic classroom

Find the journal articles that you need in this hands-on workshop. Bring a research topic, and we will guide you through the steps of: 

  • Finding the right journal databases for your needs.
  • Judging when to use a specialized index and when to use a comprehensive database like ProQuest or Summon.
  • Searching the indexes like an expert, using keywords and subject terms to find the best articles in less time.

Librarians will be on hand to answer individual questions.

Note:
 this course may be taken as part of the Graduate Professional Skills Program.

If you have any question, please contact Heather Buchansky or Nich Worby

Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Gerstein Library
Campus: St. George (Downtown) Campus

When: Tuesday, February 28, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Gerstein Instruction Lab, 2nd floor, Gerstein Science Information Centre

Learn how to get out of the building and talk to your (potential) customers in a workshop that will introduce you to primary research methods commonly used by startups. This hands-on workshop will give an overview of pre-launch pages, online surveys, customer interviews & focus groups, and in-person observations or site visits.

In this workshop, you will learn how to: 

-Determine when primary (vs secondary) research is needed

-Select an appropriate research method
-Integrate competitive intelligence tactics into your strategy
-Take advantage of free or low-cost tools available to all
-Conduct primary research ethically and that is respectful of participants’ privacy

This session is part of the Entrepreneurship Research Skills co-curricular record. If you wish to participate you must have your TCard swiped by the instructor during the session.

If you have any questions please contact Carey Toane, Entrepreneurship Librarian carey.toane@utoronto.ca, or Helen Kula, Librarian, Institute for Management & Innovation, University of Toronto Mississauga Library, helen.kula@utoronto.ca

Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: E.J. Pratt Library
Campus: St. George (Downtown) Campus

Research and Writing Seminars: Develop Your Scholarly Voice. Each session in this suite of four interactive seminars integrates the learning of academic research and writing skills and is taught by a librarian in collaboration with a writing instructor. The goal of each seminar is to help you develop your own voice as an emerging scholar by enabling you to identify, situate and substantiate your arguments in the context of the scholarly discussion taking place in your discipline. The seminars are designed for humanities and social sciences students, but all are welcome.

Take any three (3) of the four (4) seminars to earn credit on your Co-Curricular Record.

Critical Reading

Learn how to develop critical reading skills and how to incorporate them into the process of research and critical writing. This session concentrates on the skills of analysis and synthesis as they pertain to library research and academic writing. Through short lectures, interactive class discussion and hands-on exercises, you will learn to:

  • Describe the scholarly communication process, including the peer review process
  • Conduct university-level library research and understand the basics of the argumentative essay
  • Identify different types of sources and understand their role in your research process
  • Read strategically to select the best sources and recognize their most important part(s).
  • Employ criteria to evaluate sources for scope, authority and bias

Key terms for this session: Peer review, 3-D Reading, Bloom’s Taxonomy, primary & secondary sources.

Location: E.J. Pratt Library, E-Classroom (room 306) Directions

Other seminars in this series include:

  • Writing to Cite
  • Annotated Bibliographies
  • Literature Reviews
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: E.J. Pratt Library
Campus: St. George (Downtown) Campus

Research and Writing Seminars: Develop Your Scholarly Voice. Each session in this suite of four interactive seminars integrates the learning of academic research and writing skills and is taught by a librarian in collaboration with a writing instructor. The goal of each seminar is to help you develop your own voice as an emerging scholar by enabling you to identify, situate and substantiate your arguments in the context of the scholarly discussion taking place in your discipline. The seminars are designed for humanities and social sciences students, but all are welcome.

Take any three (3) of the four (4) seminars to earn credit on your Co-Curricular Record.

Literature Reviews

Learn how to conduct comprehensive research and synthesize the “state of the art” knowledge on a particular topic. Through short lectures, interactive class discussion and hands-on exercises, you will learn:

  • The different kinds of literature reviews you may be asked to write at university
  • The definition and purpose of literature reviews as part of the scholarly conversation
  • Strategies for narrowing your topic and developing a thesis
  • The steps to writing a literature review, including how to organize your content
  • To avoid common mistakes students make when writing literature reviews

Key terms for this session: description versus evaluation, comparative analysis, synthesis, Literature Review Synthesis Matrix

Location: E.J. Pratt Library, E-Classroom (room 306) Directions

Other seminars in this series include:

  • Critical Reading
  • Writing to Cite
  • Annotated Bibliographies