Fall 2016 reference management workshops

Reference management tools are a new addition to our list of supported technologies, and we’re happy to offer several workshops on them this semester. Registration is not required.

Reference or citation management tools can help you organize and cite your sources and automatically generate in-text citations and bibliographies. RefWorks and EndNote are paid tools available at no cost to UA students, faculty, and staff. Popular free tools include Mendeley and Zotero.

This short video from Western Libraries highlights some of the features shared by most reference management tools.

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Fall 2016 Box workshops

Two workshops on Box will be offered in November. Registration is not required.

Box is a cloud platform that helps users securely and easily store, share, and manage their files. Using the Box Web App, mobile apps, and Bob Sync and Box Edit desktop apps, users can access, edit, and share documents from anywhere and collaborate on projects. The University’s Box service, UA+Box, is provided to students, faculty, and staff at no cost with no storage limit.

Check out the product features overview or watch an introductory video to learn more about Box.

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Fall 2016 Qualtrics workshops

We’re happy to offer a series of Qualtrics workshops this semester. Registration is not required.

Qualtrics online survey software offers features for building surveys, distributing surveys, and analyzing and reporting on survey responses. Qualtrics is available at no cost to UA students, faculty, and staff.

These sessions will focus on the new Qualtrics Insight Platform, an overview of which is provided on the Qualtrics website and in this introductory video.

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Fall 2016 NVivo workshops

We’ll offer a series of NVivo workshops in Gorgas Library this semester. Registration is not required.

NVivo software supports qualitative and mixed methods research. It is used to organize, analyze, and find insights in unstructured data: text in documents and PDFs, audio, video, images, spreadsheets, web pages, social media data, and web content. The software allows users to work with large amounts of data in many languages and supports a wide range of research methodologies. NVivo is found on computers throughout the Libraries; students, faculty, and staff can also download the software at no cost via the Office of Information Technology.

Check out the NVivo feature list or watch a brief introductory video to get a better idea of what NVivo is and how you might use it.

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Fall 2016 Microsoft Word workshops

Focus on research and writing, not fixing formatting problems: academic paper formatting is the focus of this semester’s Microsoft Word workshops. Registration is not required.

Part of the Microsoft Office suite of applications, Microsoft Word is a popular word processing program used to compose, edit, format, and print documents. It is available on computers throughout the University Libraries and provided free of charge for home use to currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff.

This brief video from GCFLearnFree.org shows the Word 2016 interface and some of the program’s basic features. You can learn more about Word on the Microsoft Office website.

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Spring 2016 wrap-up

During the Spring 2016 semester, the Libraries offered workshops on NVivo, Qualtrics, and Box. Twenty total sessions were offered, all of which were held in McLure Library.

Special thanks to Academic Technologies intern Kelly Grove, who taught the April 7 Basic Qualtrics Survey Building and Distribution (Research Suite) workshop.

Thanks also to those who participated in our workshops. We hope to continue learning with you this summer! Please let us know if there are any topics in which you are particularly interested.