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Researching in the 21st Century

March 29, 2011, Volume 57, No. 27

Penn Libraries, in conjunction with the Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty (PASEF), will be hosting a course dedicated to modern Humanities/Social Sciences research methods. These hands-on workshops for members of PASEF begin in April and continue through June.

Details pertaining to the Penn Libraries/PASEF collaboration, along with course and registration information can be found online at http://gethelp.library.upenn.edu/support/pasef/pasef.html

Humanities/Social Sciences:

Wednesday, April 13, 2-3:30 p.m.

Follow-up walk-in session:
Tuesday, April 26, 3-4 p.m.
Goldstein Electronic Classroom, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

The methods of locating and accessing journal articles and other forms of published information continues to change at a rapid pace. This workshop will demonstrate some of the databases that are integral to research in the humanities and social sciences and will provide opportunity for hands-on searching. Participants are encouraged to come with questions that relate to specific disciplines.

Health Sciences:

Thursday, April 14, 2-3:30 p.m. 

Follow-up walk-in session:
Friday, April 29, 2-3:30 p.m. 
Biomedical Library Training Lab

This hands-on workshop will help you with basic techniques when searching for health science literature. We will provide a brief overview of resources available through the Penn Libraries and will focus on PubMed Plus and Scopus as two examples of comprehensive biomedical databases. We will demonstrate how to access the full text articles retrieved from these databases and discuss alternative methods for obtaining articles when access is not available via one of our subscription databases.

Google Tools:

(2 identical sessions—register for one)
Wednesday, May 11, 3-4:30 p.m.
Friday, May 13, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Follow-up walk-in session:
Wednesday, May 25, 4-5 p.m.
Goldstein Electronic Classroom, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

Google provides a set of web tools for making Internet research more productive, efficient and enjoyable. Each participant will create an iGoogle homepage that brings in favorite blogs, feeds and journal announcements. We will explore using Google alerts to create notifications of references to your work and that of colleagues, and using Google Scholar to interface with PennText to access library subscription resources. We will show you how you can easily collaborate online with Google Docs and Google Calendar and will take a guided tour of Google Books and Google Maps. We suggest that before the workshop you create a Google account if you don’t already have one. Go to http://gmail.google.com and click on “Create an account” at bottom right.


Monday, June 6, 10-11:30 a.m.

Follow-up walk-in session:
Monday, June 20, 10 a.m.-noon
Goldstein Electronic Classroom, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of how to create your own personal bibliographic citation database using this web-based bibliographic management tool provided by the Penn Libraries. The workshop will focus on how to create a personal database online, import references automatically from databases and library catalogs, organize and annotate references, and format references and bibliographies in Microsoft Word documents.


Almanac - March 29, 2011, Volume 57, No. 27