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Research Guides

Advance Your Research

Workshops for graduate students and other advanced researchers designed to help make your research process better, faster and smarter.

Webinars 2017-2018

PubMed: Make the Most of the Premier Biomedical Database - Emily Hurst

Learn to search MEDLINE via PubMed, including basic features and search techniques such as limits, display options, and print formats. Methods to identify locally available journals or full-text online articles will also be discussed. At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to

  • Describe disciplines covered by and material included in PubMed​.
  • Understand why and how to access PubMed through VCU libraries.
  • Perform a simple search in PubMed and view search history.
  • Identify options for displaying search results.
  • Discuss options for limiting or filtering results of search.
  • Connect to VCU Libraries holding to obtain full text of articles.

Show Me the Money! Use PIVOT to Find Funding Opportunities - Melissa Throckmorton

Learn step-by-step how to use the PIVOT search engine to find funding opportunities specific to your research. You will learn how to

  • Write a lay-language abstract of your project to determine the type of funding you may need, timing and deadlines, and specific keywords you can use for a targeted search.
  • Set up your funding search and make it work automatically.
  • Filter, sort and analyze the search results to find the funding opportunities most suited to your needs.

A Date with Data from ICPSR - Nina Exner

Learn how to use ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) to find real research data for secondary analysis for your course paper, thesis, article or classroom. This overview will

  • Introduce you to the vast range of regional, national and international datasets, data series and thematic collections available from ICPSR.
  • Demonstrate their relevance to disciplines and programs throughout the university.
  • Highlight tools available for data planning, data management and data processing.
  • Introduce data-driven learning guides designed to reinforce key concepts in the social sciences.

Get Creative (Commons) - Carla-Mae Crookendale (with Hillary Miller)

Learn about Creative Commons and how to find, use and create Creative Commons licensed media. During this session, you will learn

  • What Creative Commons licenses are.
  • How and where to find Creative Commons licensed content you can reuse.
  • How to apply Creative Commons licenses to content you create to share with others.

Citation Management Tools - Marilyn Scott and Martha Roseberry

Learn how to choose the citation management tool best for your research. This session will include an introduction to the features of Mendeley and Zotero. Attendees will learn how to

  • Select the citation tool(s) most appropriate for their research practices.
  • Download and install the most appropriate citation tool(s).
  • Add references to their selected citation tool(s).