Research & Instruction

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  • Research Help Desk

    Get help at any stage of the research process.

    Stop by the Research Help Desk on the 1st floor in the Learning Commons of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library.

    • Fall 2019 Hours (calendar of hours) - Hours may vary. 
    • Monday–Thursday 9 am - 9 pm
    • Friday 9 am - 5 pm
    • Saturday 12 noon - 5 pm 
    • Sunday 12 noon - 9 pm

    Call the Research Help Desk at (504) 865-5606.

    Email the Research Help Desk at libref@tulane.edu.

    Request a Research Appointment  for a personalized, in-depth meeting to discuss your research needs.

    Chat with the Research Help Desk.

     
  • Tutorials

  • Help Yourself

    Search our FAQ for common questions about library services.

    Follow step-by-step tutorials for basic searching assistance.

    Use our Research Guides and Course Guides created by subject librarians to find databases, reference sources, research websites, and other key information sources.

  • Contact a Subject Librarian

  • Request a Research Appointment

  • Research Workshops

    Introduction to Patents (NEW DATE)
    Monday, November 11, 2:00 pm, Room 308
    with Raquel Horlick and Lawyer William “Bill” P. Buckley. Sponsored by Office of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Development
    Learn the basics of Patents. Learn how to read and navigate the various sections of a patent and patent application. Learn how to register a patent and how to conduct patent literature searches.

    RSVP here


    Analyzing Census Data with Excel
    Tuesday, November 12, 11:00 am, Room 309
    with Melissa Chomintra and Eric Wedig
    This workshop will show participants how to use Excel to access, manipulate, and visualize Census data.

    RSVP here


    Introduction to the New PubMed
    Tuesday, November 12, 11:00 am, Room 308 and via ZOOM
    Wednesday, November 13, 10:00 am, Room 309 and via ZOOM
    30 minute session
    with Laura Wright and Raquel Horlick
    PubMed, the largest database of biomedical research is undergoing a large redesign which will be made live this Fall. In these brief hands-on sessions, we will explore the changes to PubMed such as the search interface, results algorithm, navigation, and more. This session would be useful for either the new or experienced PubMed user.
    Participants are encouraged to use their own laptops. Library-laptops will also be available.

    RSVP here for Nov 12 - RSVP here for Nov 13


    Re-organizing and Naming Files
    Thursday, November 14, 10:00 am, Room 308
    with Courtney Kearney PhD
    File naming and organization often take a backseat during the research cycle and leave you with a mess to untangle when it’s time to start writing. Perhaps you named your files in a rush and wish you’d used a different naming convention? Or you may have used characters in a filename only to find out later they are unreadable by a new piece of software? This hands-on workshop aims to help faculty, students and staff struggling to change filenames in bulk through the use of file renaming software while discussing file naming best practices.

    RSVP here

     


    Workshops at Matas Library

    Systematic or Literature or Scoping or Other Review Sit-in
    Wednesday, September 25, 12:00 pm, Matas Library M207
    Monday, November 25, 12:00 pm, Matas Library M207
    with Laura Wright (Sept) and Elaine Hicks (Nov)
    Bring your research projects to an informal session designed to provide a space to develop your research questions, search strategies, and results to-date.

    RSVP here for Sept 25 -RSVP here for Nov25


    Retrieving Articles for Department Administrators
    Wednesday, October 9, 12:00 pm, Matas Library M207
    with Elaine Hicks
    Occasionally, department administrators are asked to retrieve articles for faculty members. This session reviews how to find and retrieve the articles.

    RSVP here
     

    Teaching Students Information Skills to Write Papers in APA Style
    Wednesday, October 16, 12:00 pm, Matas 207 (downtown)
    with Elaine Hicks
    In this workshop, you will develop skills to teach students how to perform literature reviews, construct research questions and write manuscripts.

    RSVP here
     

    Introduction to the New PubMed (30 minutes)
    Tuesday, November 19, 12:00 pm, Matas Library M207
    with Elaine Hicks (Matas)
    PubMed, the largest database of biomedical research is undergoing a large redesign which will be made live this Fall. In these brief hands-on sessions, we will explore the changes to PubMed such as the search interface, results algorithm, navigation, and more. This session would be useful for either the new or experienced PubMed user.
    Participants are encouraged to use their own laptops.

    RSVP here
     


    Past Workshops

    Introduction to Digital Text Analysis
    Monday, September 9, 1:00 pm (1.5 hours), Room 309
    with Jane Pinzino PhD and Sean Knowlton
    Digital text analysis creates opportunities for distant reading that discern patterns of word frequency, word collocations, and the emergence of new words, as a few examples. Participants in the workshop will receive an overview of digital text analysis concepts and terminology, as well as strategies for undertaking straightforward teaching assignments that incorporate accessible digital tools. Bring your thoughts, ideas, and queries to this interactive workshop.

    RSVP here


    Introduction to Citation Management Tools
    Tuesday, September 10, 10:00 am, Room 309 and via ZOOM
    with Raquel Horlick
    Citation management tools such as Zotero, RefWorks, EndNote and Mendeley can help you to store the citations you find during your research. They all make it incredibly easy to format a reference/works cited list. Which is best for you? This workshop will provide a brief overview of each tool so you can be aware of your options before deciding what tool is best for you.

    RSVP here


    Organize and Cite Your Research Using Zotero
    Tuesday, September 10, 11:00 am, Room 308
    with Sean Knowlton
    Zotero is a free tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. In this workshop, you will install Zotero, add sources to your library, learn the basics of organizing and managing, and create a bibliography in the citation style of your choice.
    Participants are encouraged to use their own laptops. Library-laptops will also be available.

    RSVP here


    Introduction to Research Data Management
    Tuesday, September 17, 10:00 am, Room 308 and via ZOOM
    with Courtney Kearney PhD
    Are you curious to know what resources Tulane has to offer for research data management? Do you tend to lose track of versions of your documents or data? Are you concerned that you might one day lose all of your work? In this workshop we will provide guidance and best practices for managing, safeguarding and sharing your working and archived data. Topics will include (not limited to): the research data lifecycle, file organization, version control and suggestions for data sharing and storage.

    RSVP here


    Planning a Digital Scholarship Project
    Tuesday, September 17, 11:00 am (1.5 hours), Room 308
    with Jacque Howard PhD (Newcomb College Institute) and Sean Knowlton
    Before you choose a tool or determine an approach for your digital scholarship project, there are several considerations to make and questions to answer. This session will connect you with experts who can offer critical guidance and support, as well as provide a checklist approach for each step along the way.
    During the first hour we will focus on general considerations for developing a digital scholarship project. The last half hour will allow for one-on-one consultations and discussion.

    RSVP here


    Introduction to Citation Management Tools
    Wednesday, September 18, 10:00 am, Room 309 and via ZOOM
    with Raquel Horlick
    Citation management tools such as Zotero, RefWorks, EndNote and Mendeley can help you to store the citations you find during your research. They all make it incredibly easy to format a reference/works cited list. Which is best for you? This workshop will provide a brief overview of each tool so you can be aware of your options before deciding what tool is best for you.

    RSVP here


    Introduction to EndNote X9
    Wednesday, September 18, 11:00 am, Room 309
    with Keith Pickett
    EndNote X9 is the reference management software that not only frees you from the tedious work of manually collecting and curating your research materials and formatting bibliographies, but also gives you greater ease and control in coordinating with your colleagues.

    RSVP here


    Organize and Cite Your Research Using Zotero
    Thursday, September 19, 12:00 pm, Room 308
    with Sean Knowlton
    Zotero is a free tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. In this workshop, you will install Zotero, add sources to your library, learn the basics of organizing and managing, and create a bibliography in the citation style of your choice.
    Participants are encouraged to use their own laptops. Library-laptops will also be available.

    RSVP here


    Introduction to Twitter Archiving for Text Analysis and Visualizations
    Tuesday, September 24, 11:00 am, Room 309
    with Sean Knowlton
    In this hands-on introductory workshop for researchers in all disciplines, participants will use TAGS via a Google Sheet to capture recent Twitter data, and explore options for text analysis and visualizations. No coding experience is necessary or required. Participants must have a Google account and a Twitter account.
    Participants are encouraged to use their own laptops. Library-laptops will also be available.

    RSVP here


    Getting Ready to Write your Dissertation
    Thursday, September 26, 11:00 am, Room 308 and via ZOOM
    with Courtney Kearney PhD and Raquel Horlick
    In this workshop, graduate and professional students will learn about the different stages and processes involved in writing a theses or dissertation. We will introduce key topics, resources, and strategies that will increase students’ efficiency during the preparation, research, and writing phases. Students will walk away knowing how to locate theses/dissertations from Tulane and elsewhere, strategic reading strategies to increase retention, and the tools available to organize and then utilize your research.

    RSVP here


    Identifying Potential Predatory Publishers
    Tuesday, October 1, 10:00 am, Room 308 and via ZOOM
    with Raquel Horlick and Eric Wedig
    Recently, it has become harder and harder to distinguish the trustworthy journals from predatory journals. Predatory publishers and journals may disseminate plagiarized materials, or material lacking in quality control and lacking peer review all while charging the author a fee.
    In this workshop/discussion we will discuss how you can identity possible predatory journals and publishers. Everyone is also encouraged to bring in examples and share their own experiences.

    RSVP here


    Archival Research and Digital Productivity Tools
    Tuesday, October 1, 11:00 am (1.5 hours), Room 308
    with Agnes Czeblakow PhD and Sean Knowlton
    Learn best practices on conducting archival research with special attention to digital research tools to manage images, digitize text, and create timelines and maps.

    RSVP here


    Writing a Data Management Plan for Grant Proposals
    Tuesday, October 1, 11:00 am, Room 309
    with Laura Wright
    Need to write a data management plan? Join this workshop to learn about DMPTool, an online resource that can help you articulate your data management plan to meet your funder’s requirements. This workshop is open to all researchers and scholars interested in meeting the data management requirements of various federal funding agencies. Step-by-step demonstrations will be given of how to use the DMPTool to ensure your grant proposal addresses federal guidelines. In addition, the workshop will explore some of the other tools and resources offered through Tulane University to facilitate your research data needs. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops (library laptops will also be available).

    RSVP here


    Finding Grants or Funding Opportunities in Research
    Wednesday, October 2, 10:00 am, Room 308 and via ZOOM
    with Raquel Horlick
    Tulane University provides a lot of specialized resources and services to identify funding opportunities to support your projects, research, and job. In this workshop we will use some of the more “traditional” to investigate funding opportunities relevant to your field. We will also go outside the box and investigate creative ways to find relevant funding and grant opportunities that you may never have considered!

    RSVP here


    Organize and Cite Your Research Using Zotero
    Wednesday, October 2, 11:00 am, Room 308
    with Sean Knowlton
    Zotero is a free tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. In this workshop, you will install Zotero, add sources to your library, learn the basics of organizing and managing, and create a bibliography in the citation style of your choice.
    Participants are encouraged to use their own laptops. Library-laptops will also be available.

    RSVP here


    Organize Your Research Images Using Tropy
    Wednesday, October 2, 3:00 pm, Room 308
    with Agnes Czeblakow PhD and Sean Knowlton
    Take control of your research photos with Tropy, a tool that shortens the path from finding archival sources to writing about them. Spend more time using your research photos, and less time searching for them. From the creators of Zotero (Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media), Tropy is a free and open-source tool for organizing and describing your research photos. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptops so that they can download and begin managing their own library.
    Participants are encouraged to use their own laptops. Library-laptops will also be available.

    RSVP here


    Copyright for Musicians and Visual artists
    Wednesday, October 9, 12:00 pm, Room 308 (NEW DATE)
    with Raquel Horlick and Lawyer Bri Whetstone.
    Sponsored by Office of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Development
    Understanding copyright is vital for musicians and artists. In this presentation, attendees will learn about the types of content that can be copyrighted and the steps necessary to protect your works. Copyright lawyers from outside the Tulane community will share their experiences, lessons learned, and facts that all artists should know about copyright, copyright protection, and infringement.

    RSVP here


    Measuring Your Impact: Impact Factors and Altmetrics
    Tuesday, October 15, 11:00 am, Room 308 and via ZOOM
    with Raquel Horlick
    This workshop will help you measure and assess your impact in the scholarly community and beyond. Using tools such as Web of Science, InCites, Google Scholar, Publish or Perish, and Altmetric Bookmarklet We will explore the different ways to conduct a citation analysis, locate your h-index, and alternative metrics (twitter, blogs, social networking). Although this workshop is geared towards published scholars (formal publications or blogs), it is also useful for students looking to find collaborators, supervisors, or career opportunities.

    RSVP here
     

    More than just Dusty Papers: Discovering Materials in Tulane University Special Collections (TUSC)
    Wednesday, October 16, 11:00 am, Room 603
    with Agnes Czeblakow PhD, Eli Boyne, and Althea Topek
    Gain a deeper understanding of TUSC’s archival collections and rare books for your research and creative projects. Participants will learn how to use specific access tools to explore TUSC’s holdings, and will be instructed on the policies guiding use of materials and the methods to carefully handle and use some of TUSC’s difficult items and formats.

    RSVP here


    Competitive Intelligence for Biotech
    Wednesday, October 16, 11:00 am, Room 309
    with Raquel Horlick and Betsy Clementson (Turchin Library)
    Learn how to identify your competition, analyze the market, and beat trends in the field of Biotechnology. In this workshop we will provide resources for tracking biomedical technology (heavy focus on pharmaceuticals) as well as databases that provide company, industry, and market research. Learn how you can stay on top of the competition and ensure your product is a success.

    RSVP here


    Introduction to GIS
    Thursday, October 17, 11:00 am, Room 308
    with Melissa Chomintra
    This workshop will introduce participants to fundamental GIS concepts using ArcOnline. Attendees will find, explore, and analyze geographic data and acquire skills of applying spatial data analysis of geographic information. The workshop will give participants hands-on experience and build confidence conducting place based research.

    RSVP here


    Introduction to Open Access Publishing & Resources
    Monday, October 21, 11:00 am, Room 308 and via ZOOM
    with Raquel Horlick and Eric Wedig
    Curious about publishing in an OA journal but worried about the quality of the publication? Confused over article processing fees, and the different types of open access formats currently available (ex., Gold, green, and hybrid)? This workshop will provide an overview of OA Publishing, including types of OA policies, resources to evaluate publishers and journals, and how OA can promote your research.

    RSVP here


    Constructing Digital Timelines: Design and Tools
    Tuesday, October 22, 11:00 am, Room 309
    with Jacque Howard PhD (Newcomb College Institute)
    During this interactive workshop, attendees will learn the fundamentals of constructing timelines using the Knight Lab timeline tool. We will explore some of the benefits and challenges of plotting events chronologically in a digital space and ways to share/embed the timeline on website such as Drupal.Attendees will format their data into a spreadsheet template and create their own digital timeline using the tool. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own digital images. http://timeline.knightlab.com/.

    RSVP here


    Getting started with Open Repositories
    Tuesday, October 22, 10:00 am, Room 309
    with lisa Hooper
    Scholars worried about the afterlife of your creative and scholarly work should attend this workshop to learn about opportunities for providing extended and equitable access to your intellectual output. After getting to know a core open repository for the sciences and humanities, you will have time to work alone-but-together to build a personal profile in your repository of choice and begin uploading materials. If you are unsure what your author rights are, bring your contract and we’ll help determine whether you can upload your author’s manuscript/preprint.

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    Creative Commons Licenses 101
    Wednesday, October 23, 11:00 am, Room 309 and via ZOOM
    with lisa Hooper
    This workshop will provide a basic introduction to the different Creative Commons license types and what may be done with each one. We will also exploration of ways to search for CC licensed material, how to download and cite that material, as well as how to apply a CC license to your own work.

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    Introduction to Cleaning Data
    Tuesday, October 29, 10:00 am (1.5 hours), Room 308
    with Tillay and Courtney Kearney PhD
    In this hands-on introductory workshop, attendees will transform a sample raw data set into one ready for analysis and visualization. Attendees will practice exporting, reformatting, cleaning, and organizing data.

    RSVP here


    Digital Exhibits in the Classroom
    Wednesday, October 30, 11:00 am, Room 308
    with Jeff Rubin and Agnes Czeblakow PhD
    The workshop will introduce faculty and graduate students to the life cycle of creating a digital exhibit in their classrooms/courses, from the initial big idea to creating a Wordpress site.

    RSVP here


    Map Warper
    Tuesday, November 5, 11:00 am, Room 309
    with Melissa Chomintra
    During this interactive workshop, attendees will learn the fundamentals of utilizing Map Warper to work with historical maps. Map Warper is a web based open source application that allows you to georeference or “geo-rectify” historic maps and warps them to fit on real world map coordinates.

    RSVP here


    Using Digital Tools to Visualize Your Research
    Wednesday, November 6, 11:00 am (1.5 hours), Room 309
    with Jacque Howard PhD (Newcomb College Institute)
    Attendees in this session will learn the fundamentals of using Palladio (Humanities + Design, a Research Lab at Stanford University) and RawGraphs to visualize datasets. Attendees will state the benefits and limitations of creating data visualizations. Attendees will prepare a dataset for uploading into Palladio and then create their own visualizations using the tool. Datasets will be provided.

    RSVP here

     

     

  • Instruction Services

    Course-related library instruction

    Students may be comfortable using Google and Wikipedia to find information but often don’t know where to find evidence to support college-level projects. Librarians can help students go beyond Google for their information needs. They can help students learn to find information, understand how it's produced and valued, and use it ethically to create new knowledge. These abilities are needed not only to successfully complete research projects but to prepare students for life after graduation. Based on the goals of your assignment, an instruction librarian will customize a library workshop for students to learn about the research process, to use subject-specific databases, to locate scholarly sources, and/or to properly cite sources. 

    Request a library instruction session to be customized for your class or classes

    Important information about library instruction sessions:
    • Most sessions take place in room 308 or 309 located on the 3rd floor of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. Room 308 is room that seats 30 students and is wireless enabled. Room 309 is a hands-on classroom with 20 desktop computers and seating for up to 30 people. We can also visit your classroom or lab. We may ask you to ask your students to bring their laptops to class on the day of the session.

    • We appreciate one week, but prefer two weeks, advance notice to prepare for the session and make sure there is a room available in the library. 

    • The timing of the library session is critical. Students benefit most from a library session when they are aware of the assignment, have chosen a topic and are ready to begin locating information.

    • Your involvement in the library session is key to your students’ success. Students will want to ask questions about the assignment and will benefit from hearing about your experiences with library research. If you request a session that you are not able to attend, the librarian will likely ask you to reschedule the library session.

    • ​Librarians will include active learning exercises to engage students in critical thinking skills as well as information literacy skills. Students who know about the research assignment and have a topic or research question in mind can begin gathering research information during class.

    Course Guide Creation

    Librarians will create an online guide to accompany a research assignment. Guides typically include relevant databases, library research tips, and contact information to make a research appointment. It is not necessary to bring your class to the library to have a course guide created for your assignment.

    Assignment Creation Assistance

    Librarians are available to review assignments or assist  in the creation of research or information literacy assignments which provide a positive learning experience for students.  We can also help faculty to construct assignments that challenge students to go beyond Wikipedia as supporting evidence.

    The Library Instruction Program document outlines the library's approach to information literacy.