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Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2022
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 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.

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: 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:

  • Writing to Cite
  • Annotated Bibliographies
  • Literature Reviews
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: Online

This virtual workshop offers a quick introduction to using Zotero, a free, open-source reference management tool. No prior Zotero knowledge is required.

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

  • Collect references
  • Organize references using tags, folders, and other features
  • Generate citations and bibliographies

Prior to the workshop, please download and install the Zotero application from

Location: Zoom (details will be shared via email) 

If you have any questions or accessibility needs, please contact Emily Hector at

Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Map & Data Library

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

Excel is a popular spreadsheet software that allows you to organize, modify and analyse your data. In this 2 hour hands-on workshop, you will gain a deeper understanding of the uses and types of data that can be manipulated in Excel. Through practical exercises using real world data, you will learn important terminology, explore methods for manipulating and cleaning your data, use built-in calculations and functions to analyze your data, and create compelling visualizations.

This workshop assumes you have used Excel before at a basic level, but haven’t explored all it has to offer. The goal is to show you alternate ways to do things you already know how to do, as well as help you pick up some new Excel skills. There are no prerequisites or assumptions of knowledge of math, statistics, or programming.

Note: This workshop works with Excel with Microsoft 365 for Windows – if you are using an older version or Excel for Mac, availability and location of some features may differ – a quick Internet search will usually reveal the steps to access a feature in a particular version.

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.

Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Online
Campus: UTSC

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

This hands-on session will introduce you to the basics of Arduino using a virtual kit. At the end of the workshop, you will have a general understanding of circuitry and how to create a simple circuit using Arduino.

Note: we will be building Arduino circuits using Tinkercad - sign up for a free account.


  • Adriana Sgro, Makerspace Assistant, University of Toronto Scarborough Library 

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