The library offers a number of different workshops. See the topics listed below. For more information, or to request a workshop for your research team or department, contact Siobhan McCarthy at firstname.lastname@example.org
To see the current schedule of workshops and to register, visit the Library Workshops Event Calendar.
An introduction to library resources and services.
Library 101 for Graduate Students
Whether you’re straight out of undergrad and are looking for a basic refresher, or if it’s been several years and you need a complete re-introduction, come to this workshop for an overview of library resources available to you as a graduate student at Montclair State University. In this workshop, we will cover: library databases and search strategies, research consultations and reference services, interlibrary services and more.
Subject Focused Research
These sessions will cover disciplinary search strategies and search tools, such as Education Research or Business Research.
Advanced Google Scholar
Google Scholar is more than just a search engine for scholarly content. Find out how to use Google Scholar more efficiently, increase your access to full-text articles, and make use of additional features to keep your research organized.
Scholarly Visibility and Profiles
What is a scholarly profile, and how is it different from any other professional or social network? How can maintaining a scholarly profile improve your visibility as a researcher, or help with job prospects as a graduate student? In this workshop, we will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the various scholarly networks, including Research Gate, Google Scholar, ORCID, and Selected Works (Digital Commons).
Getting Started with Endnote
Using a citation manager like EndNote to organize your references has numerous advantages, including but not limited to: collect references as you browse the web or databases; organize, highlight, and annotate your PDFs, all in one place; sync between your devices; automatically rename PDF files you’ve downloaded; generate citations instantly and change style formats with a few clicks. This is a hands-on workshop, so please bring your laptop with you. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to import your existing references into the program, collect references from the library databases, and be able to generate citations using the “Cite While You Write” plugin. If you can, please download the EndNote installation files in advance from the Software Repository.
Organizing your Research
With the wide variety of reference types and sources out there, it can often be difficult to keep yourself organized as you go through the research process. In this workshop, we will cover recommendations for: keeping your files organized; creating a research diary; backing up your research and files; basics of data management.
Embed Library Resources in Canvas
In this session, you’ll learn how to quickly and easily embed library resources such as databases, journals, e-books, articles and streaming video into your Canvas course. We’ll walk you through permalinking and creating persistent links to prompt your students to log in and access library content hassle-free. We’ll also cover adding a librarian to your course and demonstrate the Library Resources tab in Canvas.
Designing Better Research Assignments
In this session, you’ll discover ideas for better research assignments that incorporate information literacy learning into the assignment process.
Scholarly Publishing for Grad Students
An introduction to scholarly publishing with a focus on scholarly journals and a brief overview of important concepts such as rankings, impact factors and more.