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Tuesday, 9am - 9pm
Earth Sciences Library
5 Bancroft Avenue,
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5

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Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Robarts Library
Campus: St. George (Downtown) Campus

Audience: Graduate students and faculty engaged in humanities and social sciences research

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Location: Robarts Library, 5th Floor, Map and Data Lab, Room 5-053

Find the journal articles that you need in this hands-on workshop. Bring a research topic, and we will guide you through the steps of: 

  • Finding the right journal databases for your needs.
  • Judging when to use a specialized index and when to use a comprehensive database like ProQuest or Summon.
  • Searching the indexes like an expert, using keywords and subject terms to find the best articles in less time.

Librarians will be on hand to answer individual questions.

 this course may be taken as part of the Graduate Professional Skills Program.

If you have any question, please contact Heather Buchansky or Eveline Houtman

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Presenter: Marcel Fortin
Location: Map & Data Library
Campus: St. George (Downtown) Campus

In this workshop, attendees will learn the basics of loading, manipulating, and visualizing geospatial datasets online using esri’s ArcGIS online software.  Basic web-mapping and app-development skills will also be introduced.

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Time: 5:15pm - 6:45pm
Location: Robarts Library
Campus: St. George (Downtown) Campus

Date: Wednesday, October 26

Time: 5:15pm - 6:45pm

Location: Blackburn Room - 4th Floor, Robarts Library, 130 St George St, Toronto, ON

This introduction to critical thinking will examine what critical thinking is, different approaches to critical analysis, and how to apply critical thinking in difference disciplines.

Organizer: Dr. Susan Hopkirk, Academic Success Centre

Pre-registration is preferred, but not necessary. Register through CLN.


Date: Friday, October 28, 2016
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: E.J. Pratt Library
Campus: St. George (Downtown) Campus

Research and Writing Seminars: Develop Your Scholarly Voice. Each session in this suite of four interactive seminars integrates the learning of academic research and writing skills and is taught by a librarian in collaboration with a writing instructor. The goal of each seminar is to help you develop your own voice as an emerging scholar by enabling you to identify, situate and substantiate your arguments in the context of the scholarly discussion taking place in your discipline. The seminars are designed for humanities and social sciences students, but all are welcome.

Take any three (3) of the four (4) seminars to earn credit on your Co-Curricular Record.

Critical Reading

Learn how to develop critical reading skills and how to incorporate them into the process of research and critical writing. This session concentrates on the skills of analysis and synthesis as they pertain to library research and academic writing. Through short lectures, interactive class discussion and hands-on exercises, you will learn to:

  • Describe the scholarly communication process, including the peer review process
  • Conduct university-level library research and understand the basics of the argumentative essay
  • Identify different types of sources and understand their role in your research process
  • Read strategically to select the best sources and recognize their most important part(s).
  • Employ criteria to evaluate sources for scope, authority and bias

Key terms for this session: Peer review, 3-D Reading, Bloom’s Taxonomy, primary & secondary sources.

Location: E.J. Pratt Library, E-Classroom (room 306) Directions

Other seminars in this series include:

  • Writing to Cite
  • Annotated Bibliographies
  • Literature Reviews

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