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Turbo Charge Your Term Paper: Invent

Getting the most out of your time when researching and writing undergraduate essays

The first of three sessions this term offered by the Library and Writing and Communication Centre starts with a 30-minute lesson on beginning the researching and writing process. It is followed by time to work through your own assignment and receive one-on-one help, regardless of where you are in the researching/writing process. Attend the lesson, or consultation section, or both! Register ahead of time or when you arrive.

Lesson includes: academic information sources, evaluating information sources, basic database searching, developing a working thesis, critical reading, and notetaking.

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Getting Started with ArcGIS

You may have heard of GIS, but what exactly is it, and 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:

  • Understand what GIS is and geospatial data are
  • Navigate ArcGIS software and tools
  • Find and add data to a map
  • Discover information and attributes about the data
  • Produce a simple map that shares your visualization of the data

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Editing with ArcGIS

This tutorial is designed to introduce you to the basic editing tools used in ArcMap for the both 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.

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Annotated bibliography using RefWorks

This workshop will provide tips and practical experience on how to write an annotated bibliography, including using RefWorks to assist in its creation. A RefWorks account and basic knowledge of/experience with RefWorks is expected.

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Getting Started with QGIS

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 Guy’s”. This workshop builds on “Getting Started with ArcGIS” (a recommended prerequisite for those with no previous GIS experience) but isn’t absolutely necessary. This workshop introduces users to a different environment to create maps with GIS.

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

  • Understand what QGIS is and it’s capabilities

  • Navigate QGIS software and tools

  • Find and add data to a map

  • Discover information and attributes about the data

  • Produce a simple map that shares your visualization of the data

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Turbo Charge Your Term Paper: Compose

Getting the most out of your time when researching and writing undergraduate essays

The second of three sessions this term offered by the Library and Writing and Communication Centre starts with a 30-minute lesson on the researching and writing process. It is followed by time to work through your own assignment and receive one-on-one help, regardless of where you are in the researching/writing process. Attend the lesson, or consultation section, or both! Register ahead of time or when you arrive. Please note that it is not necessary to have attended the first session.

Lesson includes: creating an effective search strategy, advanced database searching, refining your thesis, developing an argument, and drafting.

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The Tri-agency Open Access policy - from author's rights to depositing in UWSpace

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:

  • outline the policy and its requirements
  • present an introduction to author’s rights and responsibilities
  • demonstrate how to use UWSpace and its copyright review and deposit service to easily comply with the policy

Waterloo researchers who have received grant funding or have an interest in making their research Open Access are encouraged to attend.

Note: Due to time constraints, this presentation is focused on assisting researchers to broadly understand their rights and to promote the locally provided services that will assist them to achieve compliance.

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Market Research As Your Competitive Advantage

Beyond talent, drive and innovative ideas, solid market research will always be your sure bet for entrepreneurial success. Foster your competitive advantage with this workshop to make the best use of the market research resources and services available to you at the Library.

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  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM in the Davis Centre Library conference room (DC 1568)

Systematic Reviews for Social Science Researchers

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.

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Techniques for Managing Theses using Microsoft Word and Refworks

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
  • Lists of tables and figures.

This session will also include integrating RefWorks into your thesis writing. RefWorks is an online citation management system that allows you to manage your references and insert them into the body of your document in whatever citation style you need. With a click of a button it also creates your bibliography based on the items cited within your paper. The RefWorks component will include setting up an account, importing citations from various databases, managing your citations, and using the Write-n-Cite plugin to add your citations to Word.

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Turbo Charge Your Term Paper: Revise

Getting the most out of your time when researching and writing undergraduate essays

The last of three sessions this term offered by the Library and Writing and Communication Centre starts with a 30-minute lesson on the researching and writing process. It is followed by time to work through your own assignment and receive one-on-one help, regardless of where you are in the researching/writing process. Attend the lesson, or consultation section, or both! Register ahead of time or when you arrive. Please note that it is not necessary to have attended the first or second sessions.

Lesson includes: advanced database searching, citations, integration of sources, paraphrase and summary, and revision.

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