Advance Your Research (AYR) is a series of webinars and workshops geared towards graduate students and other advanced researchers that are designed to help make the research process better, faster and smarter. This year's offerings are listed below. We recommend registering even if you are unable to attend, as we will share the recording link once it is available.
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Journal Article Submission Basics - Julie Arendt and Hillary Miller
November 3, 2021 - noon Eastern Time
If you’ve never submitted an article to a journal, this session will demystify the process and prepare you to submit your first article. We’ll walk through the process from the corresponding author’s perspective, covering the basics of submission, peer review, and final steps to publication.
Amplify Marginalized Voices and Counter Structural Bias in Your Research and Scholarship - Erica Brody, Carla-Mae Crookendale, John Glover, and Hillary Miller
February 2, 2022 - noon Eastern Time
Learn how to develop conscientious practices that can amplify marginalized voices in scholarship and counter structural bias in the research process, from searching for and citing diverse scholarship to designing inclusive research questions and methods. Session will include a panel discussion with librarians in STEM, Arts and Humanities who will explore this topic through disciplinary lenses.
Applying for a Grant at VCU - Nina Exner, Bettina Peacemaker, and Stacey Wahl
March 16, 2022 - noon Eastern Time
Are you interested in applying for funding to support your graduate training? Attend this webinar to learn about resources to support your research funding journey at VCU.
Special Collections and Archives at VCU and Beyond - Andrea Kohashi
April 13, 2022 - noon Eastern Time
Learn what Special Collections and Archives at VCU has to offer and how to research collection materials.
Don't Lose It! Design a Personal (Research) Preservation Plan - Nina Exner and Margaret Kidd
September 22, 2021
Digital archiving is important to organize, manage, and preserve your essential digital documents, data, and other information. In this session, we will talk about strategies to organize and preserve your most important research information, with a special emphasis on the thesis and dissertation process.
(Nearly) Painless Literature Reviews - Erica Brody, John Cyrus, and Nia Rodgers
October 13, 2021
Conducting a literature review is a multi-faceted task, requiring you to learn a variety of new skills quickly, process large amounts of information, and present existing scholarship succinctly. Librarians will offer strategies and tools to make wrangling this complexity (nearly) painless.