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Date: Monday, February 6, 2023
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Online

Research and Writing Seminars: Develop Your Scholarly Voice. Each session in this suite of four interactive seminars integrates the learning of academic research and writing skills and is taught by a librarian in collaboration with a writing instructor. The goal of each seminar is to help you develop your own voice as an emerging scholar by enabling you to identify, situate and substantiate your arguments in the context of the scholarly discussion taking place in your discipline. The seminars are designed for humanities and social sciences undergraduate students. Graduate students might wish to consider the research-related skills offerings in the Graduate Professional Skills Program.

Take any three (3) of the four (4) seminars to earn credit on your Co-Curricular Record.

Annotated Bibliographies

The session addresses the “big picture” of the place of annotated bibliographies in the scholarly conversation, as well as “nuts-and-bolts” strategies for researching and evaluating books and articles to identify the best sources on a topic. Through short lectures, interactive class discussion and hands-on exercises, you will learn:

    To recognize different types of annotated bibliography assignments How annotated bibliographies fit within the broader framework of documentation and how various schools of documentation treat annotated bibliographies differently To define the scope of your research to make good choices about including and excluding sources To identify landmark or influential studies on your topic

Key terms for this session: Bloom’s Taxonomy, search strategy, background research, scholarly sources, popular sources, description & evaluation

Location: Online via Zoom. The link to the session will be sent to you in the confirmation email upon registration.  

Other seminars in this series include:

    Critical Reading Writing to Cite Literature Reviews
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Map & Data Library

In-Person Location: Robarts Library, 5th Floor, Room 5-053 (directly across from the elevator). Map & Data Library Computer Lab

Excel is a popular spreadsheet software that allows you to organize, modify and analyse your data. In this 2 hour hands-on workshop, you will gain a deeper understanding of the uses and types of data that can be manipulated in Excel. Through practical exercises using real world data, you will learn important terminology and how to configure your version of Excel, explore methods for manipulating and cleaning your data, use built-in calculations and functions to analyze your data, and create compelling visualizations.

This workshop is designed for beginner to intermediate Excel users. It assumes you have used Excel before at a basic level, but haven’t explored it much further. The goal is to show you alternate ways to do things you already know how to do, as well as help you pick up some new Excel skills. There are no prerequisites or assumptions of knowledge of math, statistics, or programming.

Note: The workshop works with Excel with Microsoft 365 for Windows – if you are using an older version or Excel for Mac, availability and location of some features may differ – a quick Internet search will usually reveal the steps to access a feature in a particular version.

Map & Data Library workshops, such as this one, are a welcoming and inclusive environment for learning. To learn more, check out our Code of Conduct.

Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Online

Interested in learning R? Need to learn R for your research or for job prospects? R is a popular open-source statistical programming language that is popular in academia and industry. This workshop provides an easy entry into the data science field. Get started with learning R with this gentle hands-on workshop. You will learn how to import, explore and manipulate data using R in RStudio.

No coding experience required! No math or statistics theory required or covered!


Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Time: 1:10pm - 2:00pm
Presenter: Elizabeth O'Brien
Location: UTSC (see description for exact location)
Campus: UTSC

This session will occur in person and is facilitated by the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Makerspace.

This session introduces you to 3D design using Tinkercad, a free design platform that is great for beginners. At the end of the workshop, you will have created a basic object that is ready to be 3D printed.



Elizabeth O'Brien, Liaison Librarian, Makerspace Librarian

Adriana Sgro, Library Technician Reference & Makerspace Assistant

Location: The BRIDGE (IC Building)

Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Time: 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: Map & Data Library

Infographics are a specific type of data visualization that uses a mix of data, visuals, and text to inform or persuade. They are common in marketing and social media, but are becoming more popular as a way to attract and engage with audiences to share your message. They can be used to promote yourself and your activities and discoveries; from marketing a new business product or service, to sharing research results with the public or stakeholders.

Through a combination of lecture and activities, this 2.5-hour in-person workshop will introduce participants to best practices and guidelines for designing effective infographics and evaluating them. For the final part of the workshop, participants will get a chance to go through the entire design process of an infographic, from determining the story, sketching the layout, choosing fonts and colours, and finally using a common online infographic creation tool called Piktochart, to implement the design and create a finished infographic.

For more information on Data Visualization, including topics covered in the workshop, and services offered by the libraries, see our Data Visualization Guide.

Location: Robarts Library, 5th Floor, Room 5-053 (directly across from the elevator). Map & Data Library Computer Lab

Map & Data Library workshops, such as this one, are a welcoming and inclusive environment for learning. To learn more, check out our Code of Conduct.

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