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Animal social networks /
Beach-spawning fishes : reproduction in an endangered ecosystem /
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Workshops

Date: Monday, October 21, 2019
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
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 undergraduate 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.

Literature Reviews

Learn how to conduct comprehensive research and synthesize the “state of the art” knowledge on a particular topic. Through short lectures, interactive class discussion and hands-on exercises, you will learn:

  • The different kinds of literature reviews you may be asked to write at university
  • The definition and purpose of literature reviews as part of the scholarly conversation
  • Strategies for narrowing your topic and developing a thesis
  • The steps to writing a literature review, including how to organize your content
  • To avoid common mistakes students make when writing literature reviews

Key terms for this session: description versus evaluation, comparative analysis, synthesis, Literature Review Synthesis Matrix

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

Other seminars in this series include:

  • Critical Reading
  • Writing to Cite
  • Annotated Bibliographies
Date: Monday, October 21, 2019
Time: 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Presenter: Nadia Muhe
Location: Map & Data Library
Campus: St. George (Downtown) Campus

This is a hands-on workshop that introduces the R statistical programming language using RStudio. The topics covered are reading, exploring, manipulating data and running some statistical tests. It is most suitable for new R users or users looking to review their knowledge in R.

Date: Monday, October 21, 2019
Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Location: Robarts Library
Campus: St. George (Downtown) Campus

Getting Published GPS: Session 1 - Introduction to scholarly publishing

Date and Time: October 21, 2:00PM-3:30PM

Location: Robarts Electronic Classroom

This 90-minute introductory session that will explore current issues in publishing and suggest helpful strategies for navigating the world of scholarly communications and for understanding your rights and responsibilities as an author. 

This session will provide a primer on:

  • The research and publishing lifecycles

  • The economics of scholarly publishing

  • Understanding a publication agreement: copyright, licensing, and author’s rights in scholarly publishing

  • Evaluating Journals and Publishers

  • Deceptive publishing

This session is part of the Getting Published GPS Series. To receive GPS credit, you must also attend one of Session 2A: Publishing in Social Sciences and Humanities  or Session 2B: Publishing in STEM

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Location: Robarts Library
Campus: St. George (Downtown) Campus

Getting Published GPS Series: Session 2A - Social Sciences and Humanities

Date and Time: October 22, 10:30AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Robarts Electronic Classroom

This 90-minute session will provide a more in-depth look at publishing in the social sciences and humanities.

This session will provide a primer on: 

  • What editors in the social sciences and humanities look for
  • Factors to consider in journal or publisher selection (such as impact factor & open access policies)
  • Peer review
  • Manuscript preparation and things to look out for
  • Ethics and corresponding author responsibilities

This sessionis part of the Getting Published GPS Series. The get GPS credit, you must also attend Session 1: Introduction to Scholarly Publishing as well.

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