Regularly Offered Workshops 

Regularly Offered Workshops 


Workshop Information

Beam Me Up Scotty! Searching the Universe of Books
Would you like to be able to find materials in the library more efficiently? This workshop will teach you how to search Scotty, the UCR Libraries catalog, more efficiently as well as how and why you would use Melvyl, the UC Library catalog.

Cross-search or cross-eyed?  Using Web of Knowledge Efficiently
In this class I will introduce Web of Knowledge databases.  Along with Web of Science WoK contains Journal Citation Reports (New!), Zoological Record (New!) and Biosis (New interface!) Test how these databases work together, create alerts, and download citations into EndNote.

Discover Rivera Library
Discover some of the best places to study, meet in groups, and relax in Rivera Library. This workshop includes a tour and an introduction to library resources and how to use them effectively. This workshop is for new or transfer students.

Discover the World through GIS
Learn more about GIS, how it works, and why it is important. Workshop includes a tour and demo of GIS & maps, where to find GIS data, and how patrons input data for their research needs. 

EndNote Reference Management Software: a Basic Introduction
Learn how to import citations and create bibliographies using the bibliographic management software, EndNote. This introductory workshop will also discuss how to search library databases using EndNote. (Slides)

EndNote Advanced : Cite While you Write 
If you have some experience with EndNote and are looking for some additional tools and tips for using EndNote with Microsoft Word, this class is perfect for you.  We will begin with a basic overview of Cite while you Write and look at specific issues and problems that many people face when trying to get their papers and manuscripts ready. (Slides)

EndNote Advanced - Customizing EndNote for your Research
Learn about some of the advanced features and functions of EndNote such as setting defaults and changing preferences.  We will also work briefly with altering filters and connection files for importing from library databases and other sources.  Finally we will look at editing reference styles for customized bibliographies.  (Slides)

EndNote Advanced - Using EndNote with Library Resources
Learn how to use EndNote with Library-licensed journal article databases.  If you already know a bit about how to use EndNote and just want to learn how to download article citations into your EndNote Library, this session will be exactly what you are looking for. (Slides)

EndNote Web
If you are looking for a way to store your research references online so that you can get to them from anywhere, EndNote Web may be a useful application for you.  EndNote Web is available to all UCR students, faculty and staff and allows you to store references (information about useful books, journal articles etc...) in a handy online database that you can use to create reference lists in your research papers.   We will discuss how to get it, how it works, useful features of the product and what its limitations are, compared to the full EndNote product. (Slides)

E-Reserves for the Complete Beginner
Learn how to access materials on electronic reserves from on and off-campus. This workshop will explain how to search for materials, what your patron barcode is, and how to get a PIN.

Factiva Workshop
Learn how to use Factiva to find the full text of articles from over 8,000 publications, including U.S. and international newspapers, business magazines, academic and trade journals, newswires and TV and radio transcripts. You can also search 20,000 company reports for basic profiles, financial statements, history, news, and competitor information. Come learn how to use this exceptional research tool.

Faculty of 1000 Biology:
If you don't have time to read everything in your field, Faculty of 1000 can alert you to the most important papers.  Based on the recommendations of over 1600 of the world's leading scientists, this research service highlights and evaluates the most interesting and valued papers published in the biological sciences.  It complements indirect assessment provided by the journal impact factor.

Google: Powersearching
Google is an amazing tool and it just keeps getting better.  Learn some tips and tricks for finding exactly what you want with Google, quickly and efficiently.  We will be looking at Google advanced searching, Google maps, Google Images, Google Books and Google Scholar. Offered in Spring and Summer quarters. (

Google Scholar: Tips and Tricks for effective searching
Come explore Google Scholar, the search tool from Google that is designed to specifically search for scholarly literature (journal articles, proceedings and reports). In this workshop we will introduce this tool, show some strategies to make it most effective for UCR research, go over some search hints and compare it to more traditional library databases for precision of searching and completeness of recall.

HELP! My Paper's Due Tomorrow
Pros and cons, APA, critiques, MLA - Bring your topic to one of the above sessions and we'll direct you to the best resources to help you finish your paper on time.

Hot Topics: Researching Controversial Issues
Need to find information on a current or controversial topic, including editorials, pros and cons, articles, or statistics? This hands-on workshop will cover the new database Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center, as well as CQ Researcher.  

Impact factors, journal rankings, and citation lists:  using Journal Citation Reports and Web of Science wisely
Instructor:  Lizbeth Langston
Get a picture of a researcher's work as reflected in the ISI databases Web of Science and Journal Citation Reports.  We will learn how to gather data on authors, articles, and journals.  How should we use this data to evaluate impact and quality?   Offered annually in Winter quarter.

Key To Life Science Literature: BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, Zoological Record
Spend an hour to learn how to use three of the most important life sciences literature databases. Knowledge of BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, and Zoological Record is the key to finding research results on most any life science topic. Take a big step beyond Google and learn how to open up the life science literature for your studies and research. (Outline)

Last Chance Research Clinic

This workshop is for students seeking personalized help with research. Bring your paper topic and a librarian will help you find books, articles, and websites appropriate for your research topic. Offered on the third to last Thursday of instruction each quarter, all day drop-in sessions available.

Lights, Camera, Action!
This workshop is an introduction to two databases important in film and television studies.  Come to this hands-on session and learn basic search strategies and features of the Film International Index and the Film Literature Index.  These databases include information like reviews, journal/magazine articles, and filmographies about all aspects of the industry including feature films, documentaries, and festivals. 

Library Research Strategies for Science and Engineering Graduate Students
- Getting Information (including search tips/tricks and cited reference searching)
- Keeping up with the literature (how to get automatic updates)
- Managing and Including References for your thesis or dissertation. (Endnote overview).

The Real Deal: Finding relevant materials on the Internet
More and more information is being published on the web, from scholarly articles and newspapers to commercial enterprises, personal pages, and web blogs. Learn how to identify authoritative, trustworthy, and relevant websites when searching for information on the Internet.

The library is MySpace: The Beginners Guide to the Science Library.
Join us for a student-to-student inside scoop on the Science Library including great places to study and relax. Learn why the Science Library is the best kept secret on campus.  Offered annually in the Fall.

Last modified: 11/6/2009 10:56 AM by M. Yonezawa

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