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Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Time: 4:10pm - 5:30pm
Location: Robarts Library

Essential Research Skills workshop series

Set yourself up for academic success by learning essential research skills that can help you save time, get better grades, deepen your engagement with your subject, and boost your confidence. Participants learn how to develop successful research questions; how to effectively search for quality resources; how to choose and critically evaluate the best sources; and how to use information responsibly. These are also skills that employers look for in potential employees

Take these workshops individually or take all four for credit in the Co-Curricular Record. Each workshop will be offered several times over the year - check back for more dates.


Essential Research Skills: Choosing the best sources for your topic

Date: Tuesday, Jan.27, 4:10-5:30

Location: Robarts LIbrary. e-classroom, 4th floor, room 4033. Directions

Description:With so much information available - not just scholarly articles but news sources, government publications, websites, social media -  researchers often struggle with choosing the best materials for their needs. This is particularly difficult if you’re new to a subject - how do you know who to pay attention to?

Through lecture, discussion and hands-on exercises, this workshop will help you:

  • develop your own criteria for evaluating the value of a potential source depending on your context
  • recognize external markers of quality
  • take into account academic impact and influence
  • take into account the role different sources play in your writing

Questions? Please contact Eveline Houtman.

Other workshops in the series:

  • Getting Started
  • Finding Scholarly Sources
  • Citing and Organizing Your Work


Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Time: 4:30pm - 5:50pm
Location: Robarts Library

Do you read your textbook for class but not remember the content? Do you write so many notes in class that your hand hurts? Do you feel that you spend hours studying but make little progress? 

Effective reading & note-taking techniques can solve these problems. In this workshop, you will learn how to read and take notes efficiently in order to maximize learning. 

Participants are encouraged to bring an example of their own notes (from reading or a class lecture) to the workshop.

Location: Blackburn Room, rm. 4036, Robarts Library, 130 St. George St.

Organizer: Susan Hopkirk, Academic Success Centre

Registration is required.  Register through Student Life.

Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Time: 1:10pm - 3:30pm
Location: Robarts Library

Date: Wednesday, January 28, 1:10-03:30

Location: Robarts Library, 5th floor, Map and Data Lab, rm. 5-053

Audience: Graduate Students and Faculty engaged in Humanities and Social Sciences research.

Description: Learn how to find the articles that you need, efficiently and effectively. This workshop will help you:

  • Find the right journal databases for your needs.
  • Judge when to use a specialized index and when to use a comprehensive database like ProQuest or Summon.
  • Learn to search the indexes like an expert, using keywords and subject terms to find the best articles in less time.
  • Find the full text of journal articles online or in print.

Hands-on practice time and individual attention will be provided to allow participants to work at their own level, and to focus on their own discipline.

If you have any questions, please contact Sara McDowell


Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015
Time: 12:10pm - 12:50pm
Location: Gerstein Library

Presenters: Roberta Buiani and Natalie Doonan

Location: MADLab, Gerstein Science Information Centre (9 King's College Circle, Room B112)

We would like to introduce “Perform Your Migration”, a game for mobile devices, letting the player experience a variety of scenarios that mix a science-fiction narrative and real migration stories and testimonies; cartoonish characters and real human protagonists. The game format enables audiences to learn about the choices, or the lack of choices that an immigrant has, depending on her nationality, motivation, economic standing, age, health, ability, education, profession, religion, race and sexual orientation. Currently in the development phase, this game seeks to move beyond the mainstream portrayal of the migrant as a desperate, destitute or opportunist individual, aiming to provide a more nuanced description of the figure of the “migrant”, her motivations and her needs. In addition, it aims to make players aware of the complexities and difficulties involved in the process of migration, of the often-frustrating loops and complications involved in the process of migration, while keeping him/her engaged and willing to know more. During this presentation we will illustrate the various challenges emerged during our preliminary research phase, in our quest for viable platforms and appropriate formats. As well, we will pose questions in order to gather opinions, (technical and conceptual) advise and feedback from the audience.
Natalie Doonan
Natalie Doonan is a multimedia and performance artist, writer and educator. She is founder of the SensoriuM, a collaborative performance art project that features artist-led tours and tastings. Natalie’s work has been shown in the Cultural Olympiad for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the LIVE Performance Art Biennale, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Montréal’s Elektra Festival and BIAN, Nuit Blanche and Art Souterrain.http://www.lesensorium.com
Roberta Buiani
Roberta Buiani is a researcher, curator and media artist based in Toronto. Her work balances theoretical and applied research at the intersection of science, technology and creative resistance, and converges on the analysis of techno-scientific ecologies. She is co-founder of the ArtSci Salon at the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences (University of Toronto, http://artscisalon.com). Her artistic work has been featured at Transmediale, the Hemispheric Institute, the Queens Museum of Art and Nuit Blanche. http://atomarborea.net

Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Gerstein Library

** Please note due to capacity constraints you must be registered for this event to attend. **

Xcode & iOS Development for Beginners

Date: Thursday, Jan. 29 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: MADLab, Gerstein Science Information Centre, 1 Below, room B112

Presenters: Mike Spears, MADLab Manager


One of the biggest hurdles to becoming a new iOS app developer is learning how to use Apple's native app development environment, Xcode. This tutorial will give you a hands-on taste of Xcode’s configuration, debugging, UI design and time-saving features, as well as an overview of the structure of an iOS app project. The information is presented within a historical perspective – Xcode evolved out of NeXT’s Project Builder software, and was a tool of choice for many developers for years before the iPhone was released.


Coding experience is not necessary, and programming topics are not covered. Experienced coders looking to branch into iOS app development will find this to be a good session to quickly get up-to-speed and to have specific questions answered, and new coders will get the orientation necessary so that will not struggle with Xcode as they pick up new programming skills.


Topics to be introduced include:

  • What is an IDE?
  • A tour of the Xcode interface.
  • Using Xcode with Git.
  • Building and compiling an app binary.
  • Adding multimedia resources to an app bundle.
  • A taxonomy of the files included in a typical app project.
  • Interactive debugging.
  • Designing a user interface with Interface Builder and Storyboards.
  • How to find documentation and help.


You do not need a Mac or iOS device to participate – we can hook you up.