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2015 Fall The Power of Information

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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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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.

Note: 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 a 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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Copyright for Teaching

This session will provide a simple overview of copyright, the implications it has in your teaching. By the end of this session you will be better prepared to:

  • Use copyright protected works in the classroom, LEARN, or through Course Reserves, and
  • Choose alternate options for using materials, if necessary

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GRADventure Research Matters: Author Rights

In this session, participants will be introduced to copyright and licensing and what rights and responsibilities they have when publishing their research. This session includes an introduction to:

  • Copyright and licensing as they apply to publication,
  • Your rights as an author, and tips on how to keep them,
  • Suggestions of helpful resources for publication, and
  • Questionable publisher practices, and how to avoid them.

As part of GRADventure, this workshop is open to graduate students and post-docs only.

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Author Rights

In this session, participants will be introduced to copyright and licensing and what rights and responsibilities they have when publishing their research. This session includes an introduction to:

  • Copyright and licensing as they apply to publication,
  • Your rights as an author, and tips on how to keep them,
  • Suggestions of helpful resources for publication, and
  • Questionable publisher practices, and how to avoid them.

Held on:

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM in the     Davis Centre Library Conference Room (DC 1568)

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