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2015 Fall The Power of Information

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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 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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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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Writing an undergraduate research essay

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.

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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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Predatory Publishing

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

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Systematic reviews for social science researchers

Instructors:  Jackie Stapleton and Sarah Brown

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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