Workshops, orientations and tours

Research is difficult, and finding the right information can be frustrating. The good news is that the Library can help make it easier. We offer a variety of programs, including general library orientation and workshops with an emphasis on improving your research skills. Invest a little time with us now and you can save time later on!

* All times listed are in EST (Eastern Standard Time)


Library Tours

We are happy to offer customized Library Tours upon request. Tours are available for Morisset Library (MRT) and the Learning Crossroads (CRX). We are currently offering tours to small groups (6-10 individuals at a time).  Tours are currently only being offered to groups that are directly affiliated with  uOttawa  (faculty, students, campus groups).  Please contact us at ARS-LSS@uOttawa.ca to request a tour or for more information.

 


 

Intro to Archives

The workshop will provide an opportunity to explore the archival collections held at the Archives and Special Collections. Particular attention will be paid to the women's archives collection. Why women's archives exist? What can be found? How to access the documents? How to use them ?

Date: December 3 , 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Marie Noël

Register to the Intro to Archives workshop

You must connect to the workshop with a uOttawa student Zoom account.
Click here to create a uOttawa student Zoom account.

 


 

Google Scholar/ Power-user tips for Google

Google, Google Scholar and other free search tools can be really useful for finding info. But you probably don’t know the best ways to use them! This workshop will show you tips and tricks for using Google Scholar to find academic information, and using Google to find high-quality non-academic info such as ‘grey literature’, reports and government information.

Date: December 8 , 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Evan Sterling

Register to the Google Scholar/ Power-user tips for Google ​workshop

You must connect to the workshop with a uOttawa student Zoom account.
​​​​​​​Click here to create a uOttawa student Zoom account.

 

 

Past workshops

 

Introduction to Omni

This workshop will introduce you to the basics of Omni, the library's search engine. Together we will discover how to find a wide variety of resources and how to optimize your use of Omni with research tips and tricks.

Date: September 22, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Paul-Cezar Tanase


 

Increasing productivity with useful Chrome extensions

This workshop provides a quick overview of some free time-saving Chrome extensions. Topics covered include how to install and use these practical extensions to help you increase your productivity.

Date: September 24, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Patrick Labelle


 

Introduction to Research

This workshop will introduce you to the steps for searching resources, from the research question to the evaluation of your sources. You will also learn about Omni, our search tool, and the databases available at the library.

Date: September 29, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Mish Boutet


 

Introduction to ArcGIS Story Maps

This workshop introduces ArcGIS StoryMaps, an online map maker to enhance your digital storytelling. This user-friendly tool allows users to combine various media, including text, images, videos, and/or maps, to showcase a project or tell a story. In this workshop, we will provide an overview of the tool, demonstrate how to utilize various story map elements, and provide tips and tricks to help enrich your story map.

Date: October 1, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Pierre Leblanc


 

Introduction to Research for Technical Report Writing

This workshop will introduce you to the steps involved in researching literature for technical writing in science and engineering. You will learn about creating a research question and planning your search, as well as about our search tool Omni and key databases utilized in these areas.

Date: October 6, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Jolene Hurtubise


 

Search Techniques in the Health Sciences

This workshop will introduce you to library resources for effectively searching the health sciences literature. You will learn how to define your research question and then use it to build a search strategy. We will use PubMed as a database to demonstrate different ways to search for health sciences literature and show you tips and tools to help you find relevant articles.

Date: October 8, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Valentina Ly

 


APA & MLA Basics

Learn more about APA 7 and MLA 9 citation styles! The session will be split in two, with 30 minutes on each style. We will cover the basics of in-text citation and bibliographic citation.

Date: October 13, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Michelle Brown


 

Planning a systematic review

This workshop presents various strategies and tools to effectively plan for a systematic review. Topics covered include how to determine a feasible and appropriate research question, write a systematic review protocol and develop a strategy for doing a comprehensive literature search.

Date: October 15, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Patrick Labelle


 

Zotero

Zotero is a free citation manager that helps you collect, organize, and cite journal articles and other information sources. This presentation explains how to install and use the main features of Zotero.

Date: October 21, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Mish Boutet


 

Covidence in Systematic Reviews

Are you planning to do a systematic review, scoping review, meta-synthesis or other evidence synthesis project? Covidence is a web-based tool available to uOttawa students that streamlines the process and supports group collaboration. This workshop will cover getting access to Covidence, importing and deduplicating references, screening, working with full text studies, and extracting data.

Date: October 22, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Evan Sterling


 

EndNote

EndNote is a commercial citation manager that helps you collect, organize, and cite journal articles and other information sources. This presentation explains how to install and use the main features of EndNote.

Date: November 3, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Mish Boutet


 

Working with Raster Data

In this workshop, we will introduce you to raster data, one of the two main GIS data types used to represent real-world spatial relationships. We will cover the basics of raster analysis in ArcGIS Pro and showcase one of the most important geospatial tools, the raster calculator.

Date: November 5, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: René Duplain


 

Using NVivo to analyze qualitative data

This workshop introduces basic features of NVivo for preparing, managing and analyzing qualitative data. Topics covered include how to import data, code various data formats and run different types of queries. (Note, NVivo for Windows will be used during this workshop)

Date: November 10, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Patrick Labelle


 

Canadian Census

What is the Canadian Census and what is it used for? How can you access census data for your own research or project? Join our workshop to learn about concepts, how to access census data and related products available at the library.

Date: November 12, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Chantal Ripp


 

Mapping Census Data in ArcGIS Pro

This workshop focuses on how to create a map to visualize variables of the Canadian Census. Topics covered include an overview of the Census geographies, learning how to merge tabular and spatial data as well as things to consider for data visualization on a map.

Date: November 19, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Pierre Leblanc


 

Submitting your Thesis to uO Research

Learn how to prepare your Master's or PhD thesis for final submission to uO Research. This workshop will cover the thesis submission process and what you need to know about embargoes, formatting, accessibility, and copyright for a successful final deposit.

Date: November 24, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Jolene Hurtubise / Jeanette Hatherill


 

Planning a scoping review

This workshop presents various strategies and tools to effectively plan for a scoping review. Although similar to a systematic review, a scoping review asks broader questions to understand the state of the literature and of research on a particular theme. Topics covered include how to determine a feasible and appropriate research question, write a scoping review protocol and develop a strategy for doing a comprehensive literature search.

Date: November 26, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Patrick Labelle


 

Open Data - Public Portals for Access

In this webinar, we will review what is open data, search and retrieval strategies and take a closer look at the Government of Canada's Open data portal and the City of Ottawa's Open data portal.

Date: November 29, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Instructor: Hugo Crites

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