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Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
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: Getting Started

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

Description: Did you know that most cases of plagiarism at U of T are unintentional? You may want to use information responsibly, but be unsure how to go about it.Through lecture, discussion and hands-on exercises, this workshop will help you:

  • Articulate the importance of giving proper credit
  • Identify examples and causes of plagiarism
  • Recognize the common parts of a citation
  • Discover software and apps that can help you get your sources organized and create bibliographies


Questions? Please contact Heather Buchansky.

Other workshops in the series:

  • Getting Started
  • Finding Scholarly Sources
  • Choosing the Best Sources for Your Topic


Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Zotero is a free citation management tool that allows you to collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It's easy to use, and it lives in your web browser where you do your work.

By the end of the session, you will be able to:

  • Import references from the library catalogue, databases, websites, and Google Scholar
  • Organize and share references
  • Generate a bibliography in APA, MLA, Chicago, or other citation styles
  • Create in-text citations

No prior Zotero knowledge required.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 19th, 2017 
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Location: OISE Building, 252 Bloor Street West, 3rd floor Education Commons Computer Lab 6
Note: In advance of the workshop, please sign-up for a free Zotero account at www.zotero.org. Personal laptops are also encouraged so that you can download and interact with the software. 
Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 5:10pm - 6:00pm
Location: Gerstein Library

This is an ongoing, (usually) weekly workshop covering the material in Apple’s “App Development With Swift” textbook (iBooks Link, free)


Beginning App Development with Swift


Date: October 19, 5:10PM-6:00PM

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

Presenter: Mike Spears, iOS Developer & MADLab Manager


What’s Covered

Each week we’ll cover a topic in introductory Swift and app development for iOS with a short talk, some practical examples, and help from an experienced Swift programmer.


This workshop series is for anyone who wants to get started with Swift and app development. You do not have to be an experienced programmer. We are here to answer any question you may have about Swift and app development in an open, fun and collaborative atmosphere.


This workshop is presented as a series of sessions that will progressively cover the material from the source textbook. If you miss one or more sessions but wish to return to the workshop, you may catch up by following the text book on your own.


This Week ==> Week 1: Section 1.1 (“Introduction to Swift and Playgrounds”), Section 1.2 (“Constants, Variables and Data Types”)


Week 2: Section 1.2 (“Operators”), Section 1.3 (“Control Flow”)


Weeks 3+: TBA




  • A laptop running Xcode 8+
  • Xcode is available for free from the Mac app store
  • We will have a few Macbooks available at the session to borrow and share



Send your questions to mad.lab@utoronto.ca

Date: Monday, October 23, 2017
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: E.J. Pratt Library

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 undergraduate students. Graduate students might wish to consider the research-related skills offerings in the Graduate Professional Skills Program.

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


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