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Monday, October 16, 2017 — 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT
Collage of Library Day photos

This year's Library Day is better than ever! Join us in the Arts Quad in front of the Dana Porter Library and in the Great Hall outside Davis Centre Library for a Fall Fair-themed day of free food and fun, including:

Thursday, November 16, 2017 — 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Take your literature review one step further. This workshop is geared towards graduate students and researchers who wish to conduct a systematic review for either a thesis, coursework or journal publication.  A ‘systematic review’, as opposed to a traditional literature review, uses a structured methodology to answer a focused research question.  It is transparent, reproducible, and involves an exhaustive search of the literature using explicit criteria for study selection.  By the end of this workshop you will have gained an understanding of systematic review methods in the social sciences and the components of a systematic search.  Both Jackie Stapleton and Sarah Brown have extensive experience as collaborators on systematic review research teams and will be drawing directly from their experiences for this presentation.

Monday, October 30, 2017 (all day) to Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (all day)

Student Library Ambassadors Karen and Dennie are teaming up to host a board games café. Play board games from the Library's collection and enjoy Halloween treats! As a special treat, Special Collections & Archives has reproduced a handmade board game from the 1890s that predicts your fortune! Spooky.

Thursday, October 26, 2017 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

How do you choose a quality journal? What are predatory journals? How do I avoid publishing in a predatory journal? If you are curious about answers to these questions, this workshop is for you.

By the end of this workshop, you will:

  • Understand what makes a journal predatory
  • Have tips and tricks to use to identify quality and predatory journals
  • Know who to reach out to for help
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 — 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM EDT

Join us to celebrate International Open Access Week, learn more about Open Access, and explore strategies to make 'open' part of your teaching, learning and research processes.

Register for all the sessions or just those that interest you. Sessions include:  

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 — 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM EDT

This workshop will review the Tri-agency (CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC) Open Access policy on publications, which applies to all NSERC or SSHRC grants awarded on or after May 1, 2015, and CIHR grants awarded on or after January 1, 2008. The session will cover:

Monday, October 23, 2017 (all day) to Wednesday, October 25, 2017 (all day)
Alexis holding goose

More Hidden Figures is a project that focuses notable women in STEM fields, and the role they've played in important STEM developments. Coming from a science background - where the foundational theories are, more often than not, named after men - student Library Ambassador Alexis will shine a light on women and their contributions to these fields.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 — 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT

Only 10% of Wikipedia contributors identify as female, which has led to an under representation of women focused pages. The Kitchener Public Library, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Open Sesame and the University of Waterloo Library are co-hosting an edit-a-thon to disrupt this trend and improve awareness about Indigenous Women in the arts.

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 15:30 to 16:30
Therapy dogs event poster

Feeling stressed? Take a break from your studies and boost your spirits with a visit from the St. John's Ambulance therapy dogs program!

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 15:30 to 16:30
Therapy dogs event poster

Feeling stressed? Take a break from your studies and boost your spirits with a visit from the St. John's Ambulance therapy dogs program!

Thursday, October 19, 2017 — 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

Build a better research essay by using the Library’s resources and databases to explore a topic, develop a research question, write a thesis, and build an argument. Research-based essay planning and development will help you create a more complex argument and essay structure. Register now!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 — 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM EDT

Theses and other long documents (e.g., books, manuals, reports) can present challenges that shorter documents don't. It is more difficult to maintain a standard "look and feel" throughout a long document like a thesis. This course will demonstrate features in Word that will make formatting your thesis easier and less time consuming, such as: styles, numbering headings, page numbering, captioning tables and figures, footnotes, cross references, table of contents, and lists of tables and figures.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 — 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT
Anna kissing a goose

Join student Library Ambassador Anna, as she showcases items from Special Collections & Archives.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 — 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM EDT

With an intent to raise awareness of Open Access, Creative Commons, and Open Access Week, the Library is please to offer a pizza dinner and screening of The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (all day)

The University of Waterloo is hosting its first Keeping Well at Work Day. Visit booths to learn about all the services available at the university and for Waterloo staff, including the Library's Waterloo Reads collection. Find out what great reading titles we have to borrow and how leisure reading can support your mental wellness.

Monday, October 16, 2017 — 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT

Student Library Ambassador Leona has created a game for students test their knowledge of literary quotes. Participants will have to guess both the book title and the author to earn a point. The quotes will be divided into two categories based on difficulty level. Collect seven points to earn a ballot for Library Day prizes.

Friday, October 13, 2017 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

Ever wanted to try Open Source GIS but didn’t know where to start? Here you will learn how Open Source compares to the “big guys.” This workshop builds on “Getting started with ArcGIS” (a recommended prerequisite for those with no previous GIS experience, but not absolutely necessary). This workshop introduces users to a different environment for creating maps with GIS.

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand what QGIS is and its capabilities

Friday, October 6, 2017 — 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

This tutorial is designed to introduce you to the basic editing tools used in ArcMap, for the creation and modification of geospatial data. Editing is an essential skill for GIS users that helps build spatial awareness and a broader understanding of topological relationships. This tutorial will cover several common editing functions and workflows using the Feature Template editing environment in ArcGIS 10.x.

Friday, October 6, 2017 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

You may have heard of GIS, but what exactly is it? More importantly, how can you use it in your own research and academic work? This introductory workshop presents the basic concepts of GIS and will teach you the skills you need to find geospatial data, map it, and discover new dimensions of information.

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 — 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM EDT

Student Library Ambassadors Hinal and Haley area headed to REV, Village 1 and NRB to hand out postcards to first-year students. Take your postcards to Dana Porter and Davis Centre Library to get them stamped. Once the postcard is stamped, you can enter it for a chance to win a prize!

Saturday, September 30, 2017 (all day)
Elie Weisel birthday poster

Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel was a writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor. His best known work is Night, a book based on his experiences as a prisoner in Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps during World War Two. He authored 57 works, including biographies, children’s literature, essays and plays. Borrow something from the Library’s collection!

Friday, September 29, 2017 — 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
student hiding behind trees
  1. Find one of our student Library Ambassadors outside Dana Porter and Davis Centre libraries.
  2. Answer 5 questions about the Library.
  3. Get a coupon for the Waterloo Store!
Thursday, September 28, 2017 — 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM EDT
student hiding behind trees
  1. Find one of our student Library Ambassadors outside Dana Porter and Davis Centre libraries.
  2. Answer 5 questions about the Library.
  3. Get a coupon for the Waterloo Store!
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 — 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM EDT
student hiding behind trees
  1. Find one of our student Library Ambassadors outside Dana Porter and Davis Centre libraries.
  2. Answer 5 questions about the Library.
  3. Get a coupon for the Waterloo Store!
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 — 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

This workshop will provide tips and practical experience on how to write an annotated bibliography. A RefWorks account is required, along with a basic knowledge of or experience using RefWorks.

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