Research Skills Workshops

Upcoming Workshops


How to Write a Great Research Paper, and Get it Accepted by a Good Journal: Understanding the Publishing Process

September 26, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Room 106, Kresge Building

Presented by Rebecca Cooney (Executive Editor, The Lancet) and April Pawluk (Scientific Editor, Cell-Cell Press). This is your chance to connect with an editor and ask all of your questions!

In this workshop you will learn about:

  • Identifying the right journal
  • Using proper scientific language
  • Structuring your article
  • Understanding the peer review process
  • Open access publishing
  • Publishing ethics e.g. plagiarism, duplicate publishing
  • How to get your research noticed

***Refreshments and Amazon Kindle Fire HD raffle to follow workshop**

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Building and Promoting Your Scholarly Identity

September 27, 2018, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Weldon Instruction Room

Building and Promoting Your Scholarly Identity PosterIt is increasingly necessary for researchers to have a professional presence online. In this workshop you’ll learn how to establish and manage your scholarly identity to help you connect with colleagues, find collaborators, and expose your work to new audiences. You’ll also learn how to boost your scholarly impact using social media and how to make sense of alternative metrics that come with these new methods of knowledge communication and dissemination. Participants will be able to set up an ORCiD Researcher ID, learn to use Twitter to see who’s talking about their research, and set up an Impact Story Profile to measure their impact.

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Before you Sign: Know your Academic Publishing Rights

  • Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018, 10:30 a.m. to noon, TSC Room 121, D.B. Weldon Library
  • Thursday, October 25th, 2018, 1:30-3:00 p.m., TSC Room 120, D.B. Weldon Library

Before you sign - workshop posterThis hands-on workshop empowers participants to understand and exercise their rights as authors. Attendees will have an opportunity to compare publication agreements, learn about tools and best practices for self-archiving, and explore how your rights as an author can help make your work more open.

The following FAQ's will be addressed:

  • Who holds the copyright?
  • Can I post my work across various sharing platforms?
  • Where can I post my work?
  • How can I make my work more open?
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How to Make a Map

GIS Day 2018 PosterNovember 12, 2018, 2:00 p.m., Weldon Electronic Instruction Room

Presented by Liz Sutherland

Learn what Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are and how to use geospatial data to create maps using QGIS (open source GIS software).

Concepts: GIS, QGIS, geospatial data

No prior knowledge required. Data and software will be provided.

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Web Mapping

November 13, 2018, 10:30 a.m., Weldon Electronic Instruction Room

Presented by Digital Geographer & GIS Scientist, Agnieszka Leszczynski.

This workshop covers the following concepts: GIS, QGIS, geospatial data, web-mapping, leaflet, Notepad++

No prior knowledge required. Data and software will be provided.

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Telling Stories with Maps

November 13, 2:00 p.m., Weldon Electronic Instruction Room

Presented by Liz Sutherland

If your map could tell a story, what would it say?

Storymaps engage and inspire their audiences. This workshop will highlight how to tell stories using maps along with the concepts, best practices, and decisions that need to be made when creating and sharing a story map.

Concepts: GIS, ArcGIS Online, geospatial data, web-mapping, Story Maps

ArcGIS Online accounts will be set up for all registrants of the workshop.

No prior knowledge required. Data and software will be provided.

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Continuum of Data Access (Statistics Canada)

November 15, 10:30 a.m., Weldon Electronic Instruction Room

Presented by Liz Hill

This workshop introduces attendees to the availability of Statistics Canada data from the open (public data) through the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) to restricted versions of microdata available in the Research Data Centre (RDC).

The workshop will provide an overview of the Statistics Canada web site and other access points to data. There will be an opportunity to download data and learn a number of online tools including (odesi.ca), and the Statistics Canada Nesstar service.

Concepts: Access to Canadian data, public data, statistics, microdata, confidential data,

PCs are available in the room, attendees can access the sites that will be visited.

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Visualizing Data

November 15, 2:00 p.m., Weldon Electronic Instruction Room

Presented by Liz Sutherland

This workshop introduces data visualization techniques and prepares participants to work with Insights for ArcGIS to dynamically visualize and analyze data from multiple sources. Participants will learn how to define a workflow to investigate a spatial problem and interactively apply analysis tools.

Concepts: GIS, Insights for ArcGIS, Data Visualization, Data Analytics

ArcGIS Online accounts will be set up for all registrants of the workshop. An introductory knowledge of GIS softwares and applications is recommended. Data and software will be provided.

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