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Bluford Library Online Workshops Spring 2022

Bluford Library offers workshops to help members of the NCAT community succeed in scholarship, learning, teaching, and research.​

Registration Information

  • Faculty/Staff 
    After clicking on chosen workshop date, faculty will be directed to learn.ncat.edu to continue the registration process. The link to the Zoom event will be sent via email. Alternatively, faculty can locate Bluford Library workshops inside learn.ncat.edu and register directly from that portal.  
     
  • Students 
    After clicking on chosen workshop date, students will be directed to a form to continue the registration process. The link to the Zoom event will be sent via email. 

Citation Management Transitioning from EndNote to RefWorks

Facilitator:  John Teleha, teleha@ncat.edu, 285-4183
N.C. A&T has transitioned from EndNote to RefWorks. Students, faculty, and staff will learn how to export your library's PDFs and/or citations from EndNote and import them into the new RefWorks citation management tool. Users will need to create an account in RefWorks at https://refworks.proquest.com/.


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Data Management Planning for Research Faculty

Facilitator: David Rachlin, djrachlin@ncat.edu, 285-4223
Are you applying for a research grant or beginning a research study? If you don’t have a Data Management Plan (DMP), you’re going to need one! All federal funding agencies now require DMPs. Join us to see how data management planning improves the quality of your research project and benefits all members of the research team, as well as other scientists around the world. This workshop will cover the basics of comprehensive data management planning, including storage of and global access to your data. (Approximately 75 minutes) 


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Citation Management [RefWorks]

Facilitators: David Rachlin, djrachlin@ncat.edu, 285-4223 and John Teleha, teleha@ncat.edu, 285-4183

With ProQuest’s RefWorks citation management software, students, faculty, staff, and other members of the N.C. A&T community will learn how this cloud-based application can reduce the time and effort needed to produce a reference list and/or place proper in-text citations in a paper for a class assignment, Master's Thesis, PhD Dissertation, journal article, and/or grant proposal. Specific skills include:

  • Importing & saving citations from databases.
  • Attaching PDFs to these citations. o Inserting citations directly into word processing software (Microsoft Word or Google Docs) using one of over 6,000 citation styles.
  • Exporting from RefWorks to create a "Quick Bibliography".
  • Organizing references.

Users do NOT need to download or install any software, although there are plugins available for the RefWorks Citation Manager functions in Word and Google Docs. Users only need to create an account and then login at https://refworks.proquest.com/ using their A&T email information. (Approximately 60 minutes)


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Literature Review

Facilitator: Harvey Long, hdlong@ncat.edu, 285-4185
What is a literature review? What purpose does it serve in research?  Join Bluford Library to discuss strategies for conducting a literature review. Along the way, we will explore library services you may not know about and learn how to connect with librarians in your subject area for more in-depth help finding information. (Approximately 60 minutes)


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Open Educational Resources and Course Adopted Texts

Facilitator: Kate Silton, ktsilton@ncat.edu, 285-4256
While textbooks are free for our students for the next two academic years, now is the perfect time to plan to lower textbook costs in the future. Open educational resources (OERs) and Course Adopted Texts are great alternatives to traditional textbooks.  Bluford Library invested in a product called Faculty Select to strengthen its commitment to helping faculty explore textbook alternatives and saving students money. Learn about how to use licensed library ebooks and openly licensed materials via Faculty Select instead of costly textbooks. This workshop will also present research demonstrating the quality and efficacy of OERs. (Approximately 60 minutes)  


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Research Impact: Assessing and Tracking Your Research

Facilitator: Tiffany Russell, tbrussel@ncat.edu, 285-4191 
Do you want to know what kind of impact your published research is making in your discipline? Do you want to plan your research trajectory? Looking to publish in the top journals but do not know where to start?   Join Bluford Library to learn how you can track, analyze, and visualize the impact of your research. We will explore research impact tools that are easy to use, and which provide a variety of options for analyzing your research engagement. These tools also provide opportunities to network with other researchers in your field and identify potential collaborators. Research impact data can also be analyzed on an institutional basis, which can aid campus decision making. (Approximately 60 minutes) 


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Copyright and Fair Use

Facilitator: Joanie Chavis, jchavis@ncat.edu, 285-4163
Join Bluford Library to learn the basics for copyright, fair use rules and user rights in general.  Let us help you determine if works are Public Domain or Open-Source, and help with  Plagiarism vs. Citing. With all the information available, you need to know what’s right and  what’s wrong in the world of copyright. You tell us whether your use is for research, teaching,  and/or performing and we will help you find appropriate resources to protect you and the University.  This active workshop will help you navigate current legislation and common  practices to avoid plagiarism and/or infringement situations that can put us all at risk. (Approximately 60 minutes) 


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Digital/E-Portfolios

Facilitator: Forrest Foster, ffoster@ncat.edu, 285-4153

This workshop will provide an overview of the different types e-portfolios in higher education, and will discuss the applicability of e-portfolio use in a classroom setting, whether face2face or virtual. E-portfolios are used in many academic settings, and creating an e-portfolio is particularly useful for students in a variety of ways. EPortfolios can be a personal tool for storing, organizing, reflecting on and sharing items or artifacts that represent your learning. Students can include items such as documents, graphics, audio files, videos, presentations, and course work to demonstrate skills in certain areas. The Wix platform will be highlighted during this workshop series and supplemental digital tools will be used and discussed as well.


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