We’re offering an unprecedented 16 workshops this spring semester to give you an edge on your research. We’ve tried to cover a broad range of topics, so whether you’re arriving on campus for the first time or wrapping up your graduate dissertation, we’ve got something for you! Open to all Hopkins affiliates, the workshops listed below will be held in the Electronic Resource Center on M-Level of the MSE Library. Sign up today!

Tour of MSE and Introduction to Research 
Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 6:00-7:00
Want to know the ins and outs of the MSE? Join us for a tour of the building, and learn some tips and tricks for getting your research project started.

No Question Is Stupid
Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 4:30-5:30
Why isn’t the book on the shelf when it’s supposed to be “available?” Can I look at articles from off-campus? Do I really have to pay for this article? Why are the study rooms locked? Get the answers to these and many other questions about using the library web site. (There will be prizes.) Start sending your questions NOW to svazakas@jhu.edu!

Refworks Workshop
Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 4:30-5:30
Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 4:30-5:30
Thursday, April 21, 2011, 4:30-5:30
One class can help trim hours off your time spent researching and writing. Come learn the secrets of organized citations and easy, quick bibliographies.


  • Humanities: Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 4:30-5:30
    Learn about how the library is set up for research in the humanities – history, literature, philosophy, art history, classics – all of the many fields of humanist study. What services does the library offer? How can you make the most of the online catalog? Are there really research guides online for any subject? Where are the databases and how can you best use them? Plus ask your most pressing questions of the humanities librarians in the MSE Library.
  • Social SciencesThursday, February 10, 2011, 4:30-5:30
    Learn what resources the library has for the social scientists. From databases to data sets, we’ve got it all! Come meet the social sciences librarians for your departments and get answers to those pressing questions.
  • Engineering: Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 4:30-5:30 
    Which databases will help you find dependable, high-quality articles and data? Get tips on how to use the king of article databases (Compendex) as well as searchable collections of online handbooks (e.g., AccessEngineering) and other great resources. And get hands-on practice, too!
  • Medicine:
    Thursday, February 24, 2011, 4:30- 5:30
    Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 6:00-7:00
    There’s a lot more to everyone’s favorite database than you think! Get tips about using the tools within PubMed that you will help you find exactly what you want in a lot less time. You’ll be able to practice online, too, while the librarians are there to help!
  • Science: Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 4:00-5:00
    Raise your level of research – come to hear time-saving tips about how to use SciFinder Scholar (articles), Reaxys (data), Scopus (lots of everything), and more. And get hands-on practice while the librarians are there to help!

Using Flickr Commons and the Internet Archive for Research and Teaching
Thursday, March 10, 2011, 5:00-6:30
Interested in using images, audio-visual resources, and e-books and texts for your research projects, presentations, and teaching? Come learn about the valuable visual resources available via Flickr Commons and other hidden collections from the Internet Archive.

Making the Best of Google
Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 4:00-5:00
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 4:30-5:30 
You seek. But do you find? Join us for a tour of Google, Google Scholar, and Google Books. Learn how they really work and how to make the best use of each.

RSS Alerts for Research
Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 10:00-11:30 am
Would you like to receive regular updates in your research area delivered to you as they become available? Save time and organize your research using RSS Alerts! In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to set up e-mail alerts so that you can automatically receive latest information from your favorite databases and websites.

Scholarly Metrics Workshop
Monday, April 11, 2011, 4:00-5:00
Got Impact? Come and learn the various tools for assessing the impact of your research and publications.

To request a special session for your class or group, or inquire about another topic, please contact Head of Research Services, Margaret Burri: 410-516-8366 or mburri@jhu.edu.

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