Research Skills Workshops Offered by Western Libraries

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You are invited to sign up for Western Libraries’ upcoming Research Skills Workshops. From data collection to publishing, get expert help at all stages of the research cycle with free workshops. 

Literature Searching for Systematic/Scoping Reviews (Feb. 13 10:30AM to 12:00pm on Zoom)

This interactive workshop introduces methods for systematically searching the literature, including identifying key databases and developing a thorough search strategy. Tips and tricks in the major databases will also be demonstrated.

Basic Data Handling in Excel (Feb. 16 1:00-2:30PM on Zoom)

This session will introduce some of the basics of handling data for a research project, including planning a data project, file organization and documentation, and setting up data for analysis in Excel. We’ll also learn some tips for using Excel more easily.

Open Educational Resources Grant & Support Program (Feb. 21 10:30-11:30AM on Zoom)

Western instructors can apply for financial grants as well as in-kind supports to create, adapt, or adopt an open educational resource (OER) for use in one or more courses in 2024-25. Instructors of co-curricular learning opportunities may also apply. Join this session for an overview of the grant program, the application process, and the in-kind supports that will be available to successful applicants. The presentation will be followed by an open Q&A.

Getting Started Analyzing Data in SPSS (Feb. 22 1:00-2:30PM on Zoom)

SPSS is a popular package for analyzing data. This session will demonstrate the basics of using SPSS, including using SPSS for data entry, reading in different types of data, getting summary statistics, creating and modifying variables, creating graphs, and running simple analyses.

Finding and Evaluating Open Education Resources (Feb. 23 1:30-2:30PM on Zoom)

OER are educational materials (like textbooks, streaming media, simulations, and more) that are free of cost and access barriers for learners. They are also editable and adaptable, meaning that they can be customized to suit your course content. Let’s say that, for many reasons, you want to switch up your materials and use OER in an upcoming course. How can you find high-quality open textbooks and other OER that will work for you and your students? That’s what this workshop will cover!

To find more upcoming Western Library events and workshops visit the Western Libraries Events page.  If you have questions about workshops, please email

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