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Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
Presenter: Kara Handren & Nick Field
Location: Online

Are you interested in analyzing large bodies of texts, or teaching text analysis in your class? Not sure what tools are available for you to use? Join us to learn about some of the major tools for text analysis at the University of Toronto. This “Tasting Menu” workshop will introduce participants to the Gale Digital Scholar Lab, Constellate, Proquest TDM Studio Visualizations and Workbench, and the Hathi Trust Research Centre’s Algorithms and Data Capsule. 

This session will include a brief introduction to each tool, outlining the type of interface and what collections are included. It will provide an overview on how to access each tool and create an account. Via a live demo, participants will learn how to build a custom dataset for analysis, upload their own texts or code, select and run analyses, export results, and, when possible, collaborate on projects with others. 

This workshop will also include an introduction to text analysis, and tips on how to select the appropriate tool for your use case. A summary table will be distributed to attendees, along with links to further resources for those wishing to explore a particular tool in more detail.

Please note that much of this demo is “pre-baked”, and no setup will be required prior to attending this workshop. Interactive workshops for many of the individual tools overviewed in this Tasting Menu are available via the Map & Data Library.

Map & Data Library workshops, such as this one, are a welcoming and inclusive environment for learning. To learn more, check out our Code of Conduct.

A link to join the event online will be sent to registrants.


    No requirements beyond basic familiarity with spreadsheets

Not needed:

    You do not need to know how to code for this workshop You do not need statistics or math for this workshop You do not need to install anything for this workshop – everything takes place in your internet browser


Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Gerstein Library

This session introduces tools, techniques and best practices of 3D printing, including the basics of 3D printing, an introduction to the MADLab space, and the models of 3D printers available for use. Instructors will demonstrate how to safely use the service and the machines from start to finish, as well as how to find and prepare 3d models and software.  

Note: Taking this workshop is the first step to becoming certified to use the Gerstein + MADLab 3D printing service. To complete certification you must also pass a knowledge quiz and sign a safety waiver. Please visit the Gerstein website for more information about accessing the service.

Attendees will learn:

    How the 3D printers work and how to use them safely  Where to find appropriate 3D design models and upload them to the printer  Tips and tricks for printing successfully  Policies for using the space and booking the printer  Where to find resources and help 

Where: MADLab, 1 Below, Gerstein Science Information Centre 
When: 12-1 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month during the winter 2023 semesters 
Instructors: Mike Spears, MADLab Manager; Jiewen Wu, Gerstein – Entrepreneurship TALint student,


Date: Monday, February 13, 2023
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Online

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: Online via Zoom. The link to the session will be sent to you in the confirmation email upon registration.  

Other seminars in this series include:

    Critical Reading Writing to Cite Annotated Bibliographies
Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: Map & Data Library

In an ideal world, any data you collect or obtain would be clean and formatted perfectly for analysis and visualization. But the reality is that data can be really messy! Cleaning and reformatting your data can be a time-consuming and tedious task, but there are ways to speed things up and automate repetitive tasks. OpenRefine can help!

This 2-hour workshop will provide an introduction to OpenRefine, a powerful open-source tool for exploring, cleaning, and manipulating “messy” data, to prepare it for analysis and visualization. Through a combination of lecture, demonstrations, and activities, participants will learn how to:

    Understand what kinds of tasks are involved in data cleaning Understand why data cleaning is important Get started using OpenRefine for data cleaning to manipulate both textual and numeric data, transform and reshape datasets, and search and filter data in a variety of ways

This workshop is designed for those new to data cleaning and OpenRefine. There are no prerequisites or assumptions of knowledge of math, statistics, or programming.

In-Person Location: Robarts Library, 5th Floor, Room 5-053 (directly across from the elevator). Map & Data Library Computer Lab

Map & Data Library workshops, such as this one, are a welcoming and inclusive environment for learning. To learn more, check out our Code of Conduct.

Alternatively, if you would like to learn more about these topics on your own, you are encouraged to explore our OpenRefine online tutorials or self-enroll in our online, self-paced workshop (same content as this live one): Working with Messy Data in OpenRefine

Photo modified from the original photo called Working on a Computer by Corinne Kutz on Unsplash

Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Time: 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Location: UTSC (see description for exact location)
Campus: UTSC

This session will occur in person and is facilitated by the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Makerspace.

This hands-on session will introduce you to the basics of Arduino. At the end of the workshop, you will have a general understanding of circuitry and how to create a simple circuit using Arduino. Bring a friend! You may need to share an Arduino kit with someone else.


    Adriana Sgro, Makerspace Assistant, University of Toronto Scarborough Library 

Location: BV498

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