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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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QGIS + Open source GIS

Ever wanted to try Open Source GIS but didn’t know where to start?

This workshop builds on “Getting Started with ArcGIS” (a recommended prerequisite for those with no previous GIS experience) but isn’t absolutely necessary. It will go through the in's and out's of QGIS and also cover other alternative Open Source GIS platforms.

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
  • Understand enough to choose the most appropriate Open Source GIS for your particular analysis.

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Getting started with ArcPro

This is an introduction ESRI's latest connected and optimized GIS software.

The workshop presents the same basic concepts of Getting Started with ArcGIS on the new Arc Pro platform

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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Understanding the archived Web as a historical source

With online Web content constantly and rapidly disappearing, any scholar wanting to mine that resource relies heavily on someone archiving it.  However, the archived Web is a peculiar type of historical document, and archiving it as a research object must be approached differently than other digital media. A Web archive literacy is critically needed to preserve this ever-growing piece of human history.

This presentation outlines the specific nature of the archived Web, in contrast to the online Web and digitized historical documents, such as newspapers. In addition, it articulates the main impacts the archived Web's inherent nature has on how it can be used as a scholarly resource by Web historians and the media.

This talk is co-sponsored by the University of Waterloo Library and Department of History.

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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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Turbo Charge Your Term Paper

Are you an undergrad trying to create a well-researched and well-written essay? Attend the “Turbo Charge Your Term Paper” workshop to help you get started!

The Library and Writing and Communication Centre present a 30-minute lesson on addressing the most common problems in the researching and writing process, 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, drop in for a consultation, or both!

Register ahead of time or when you arrive.

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