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Workshops

Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: UTSC Library
Campus: UTSC

When: Wednesday October 16, 2019, 12-2pm

Location: AC286A, UTSC Library, 1265 Military Trail, Scarborough, ON M1C 1A4

Instructor: Carey Toane, Entrepreneurship Librarian, Gerstein Science Information Centre (carey.toane@utoronto.ca)

Working on a business idea? The Business Model Canvas is an alternative to a long, wordy business plan used by startups around the world. It's a great way to summarize all the key elements of your product or service in a single page. It’s also a great tool to make sense of exactly what information you will need for your business planning – and how to find it at the library. 

This workshop is for startups who have started a canvas and are looking to test assumptions against market research and other resources. Participants will be expected to have a canvas prepared before attending the session. Those who do not will not receive CCR credit.   

In this session, you will:            

  • Understand which free and proprietary library databases are the best fit for your canvas
  • Develop search strategies that will save you time and eliminate frustration, and
  • Get market, industry, or competitor information you can use for your startup or small business venture
Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
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: Finding Scholarly Sources

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

DescriptionEngaging with the research literature on a topic is essential to your own research, whether you’re writing a paper for an undergraduate assignment or doing original research for your Ph.D. dissertation. Through lecture, discussion and hands-on exercises, this workshop will help you:

  • recognize the characteristics of a scholarly article
  • find scholarly sources more efficiently and effectively
  • select the best places to search for scholarly sources on your topic
  • design an effective search strategy for your topic

Questions? Please contact Eveline Houtman.

Other workshops in the series:

  • Getting Started
  • Choosing the Best Sources for Your Topic
  • Citing and Organizing Your Work

 

Date: Monday, October 21, 2019
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 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
Location: Map & Data Library

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.

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